I’m totally serious here. There are some parents (usually only deserving of the term because of biology) that have absolutely zero sense when it comes to their children. This is particularly true when it comes to the names that they saddle these unfortunate young ones with.
While I could present an assortment of generic examples, I’ve got one that’s getting attention on a world wide scale.
In the recent unrest in the Middle East that resulted in Egyptian dictator Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak leaving office and a major change in the Egyptian government, Facebook has been credited for helping to organize regime-ending protests.
So far, so good, right? Here’s where we reach the “WTF?!?” point.
You see, out of gratitude for Facebook’s part in the changes in Egypt, Jamal Ibrahim decided to honor the social networking site by naming his firstborn daughter (are you ready for this?) Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
Now I’m sure the first thing a lot of people will say is that I’m making this up. Ok. Fine. Read about it yourself in this zdnet story. It really happened.
Now I get that he wanted to honor the site that helped his country change. Great. Wonderful.
Build a monument. A statue. Almost anything. But for the love of God don’t go naming your daughter after it! That’s just insane! Have some consideration for how she’s liable to feel about that name fifteen years from now. She might very well hate you for it.
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