Funny Names in the News Vol. 99 – Having a Latte with Genghis Khan

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again! You know what that means, Funny Names in the News time, oh yeah!

We start with some happy news, as not at all ludicrously named rap artist Ludacris and his fiance Eudoxie Mbouguiengue are expecting their first child. We congratulate the happy couple and hope to find out they’ve chosen a great name for the newcomer. Perhaps they’ll pull bold naming inspiration from Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu.

Elsewhere, I’m glad to tell you our Funny Names in the News Senior Research Fellow Dave has been reading New Yorker magazine articles from 2013 and landed on one about adventures in Mongolia. The author talks about a meeting with conservationist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, describing their meeting as like “having a latte with Genghis Khan.” That sounded like such a fabulous phrase that I went ahead and googled it, finding it has never been used before. Hopefully we can find many uses for it in the future.

A particularly good latte, earlier.

A particularly good latte, earlier.

Speaking of lattes, there’s a particularly good one in Washington. Only this latte serves us. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (I can’t believe I’m only just now hearing this name for the first time) released a statement this week regretting the closure of the sweetly named Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The very very sweet President Elizabeth Kiss of nearby Agnes Scott College also released a statement clearly saddened about the fate of Sweet Briar, although padding said statement with much detail on why her college is totally better.

In more heartwarming “news”, I’ve been informed that a couple of old people are now quite old indeed. Duranord and Jeanne Veillard celebrated their 82nd wedding anniversary recently, which makes their marriage nearly as old as Clint Eastwood. The 105-year-old Mr. Duranord still reportedly begins his mornings with oatmeal and pushups. Something to aspire to.

Or actually, heck, I don’t want to be still doing pushups and 105. Get outta here. That’s the age for sitting on a beach with an unending supply of margaritas and cigars, because really, what’s the worst that could happen?

This is about as close to coffee with Genghis Khan as I could get.

This is about as close to coffee with Genghis Khan as I could get.




About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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14 Responses to Funny Names in the News Vol. 99 – Having a Latte with Genghis Khan

  1. Dave says:

    Yeah!!! Lattes with Genghis Khan!!! The reason I was reading that old New Yorker article is because we have an “article club” at the med school where we gather and discuss one thought-provoking article each Friday. It was a very very interesting article!

  2. kerbey says:

    Indeed. Once you hit 90, it’s only a matter of time, so light ’em if you got ’em, and set ’em up, Joe. Three things I dislike: push-ups, oatmeal (aka gruel as per Oliver), and the name Duranord. Doesn’t he make a copper-top battery? And poor Tsetsegee Munkhbayar. I saw a National Graphic with gorillas picking tsetse flies off one another, and that can’t be the image he wants connected to his name. And his last name, that reminds me of when I had my tonsils out and when I spoke, people said I sounded like a deaf person. When they asked how I was doing, I said, “Much better,” but it sounded like “Munkh bayar.”

    • Arto says:

      That post-tonsil communication problem sounds like something out of a Steve Martin film, where he ends up being confused for a Kazakh diplomat and ushered into the UN to give a speech on global matters, confusedly saying “My mouth hurts”, which comes out in perfect Kazakh as meaning “Bring me the most beautiful donuts in the whole world”. Hijinks would then ensue.

      Did this happen to you?

  3. ksbeth says:

    yep, i’ll be in my mumu, making cupcakes, and dancing. pushups are out after 80.

  4. Rio says:

    Now that you have used “Lattes with Genghis Khan” can I use it too or do you own it now? I am finding that it is probably not safe to say anything anymore anyway. Also, I don’t understand the proper use of commas. I am going back to staring at the snow. **sigh**

  5. How did I miss number 99. It’s “Chock full of” greatness. And Lattes in Washington, who knew?

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