Has anyone else noticed an interesting trend this week on the good ol’ Blog of Funny Names?
Now it’s my turn… to take this theme and see how far I can run with it before immunology wrests my hands away from the keyboard (or at least away from the BoFN).
We start off with Niamh Gearney, who undertook a massive online search to find her doppelganger, and she successfully found it in Karen Branigan, who shares almost all of Niamh’s traits except for the amazingly awesome and unique name. Sounds like a fun search! I wonder who my doppelganger is?!? Back in my welterweight days, peeps used to say I looked like a Smallville-era Tom Welling.
Moving on to business and politics, I think you’ve gotta consider Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and Cisco CTO Padmarsree Warrior “twinsies” because they both have impressive names that seem well-equipped to their chosen fields. A politician named Goodluck, and a businessman named Warrior? Seems like nominative determinism to me! It appears President Jonathan (whose wife is named Patience Jonathan) will be handing over the presidency in late May, and Padmarsree Warrior made the news for his habit of spending 24 hours away from technology each weekend. Is that what being a “weekend Warrior” means? I’ve been doing it wrong all these years!
In Arts and Culture news, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and his brother Skippy Kamakawiwo’ole aren’t exactly twinsies, but they are related, and the late “Somewhere over the Rainbow” singer was recently profiled by NPR for being the voice of Hawai’i.
In more brother-y news, it recently emerged that Matt Lachappa, who had an on-field heart attack while warming up for a minor league game 20 years ago and ended up wheelchair-bound, has been continuously signed to a minor league contract for 20 years by the San Diego Padres every year so he can get health insurance. This news was confirmed by none other than Matt’s brother, Eagle Lachappa!
Lastly, in boxing-related twinsie news (not really twinsies, but they’re both boxing-related), photographer Johnny Joo recently unveiled photos of Mike Tyson’s old abandoned mansion – pretty spooky stuff! And this reminded me (somehow… don’t ask why!) of Carmen “The Upstate Onion Farmer” Basilio, a boxing legend who fought in 5 consecutive Ring Magazine fights of the year. Carmen passed away in 2012, but lives in our memories due to his tremendous fighting spirit and incredible nickname!
But both Iron Mike and The Upstate Onion Farmer would be blown away by the impressive work of 8-year-old Evnik Saadvakaas and her amazing combo punching!
I wouldn’t want to fight with her! (and for those who weren’t paying attention, there’s a link to a video of me sparring located in this post)
That’s it for this week’s Funny Names in the News! Join us next week – same funny time, same funny channel! Enjoy your weekends!