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24 July 2008

Activist judges destroys right to name child Sex Fruit Hickey

Haven't thought much about New Zealand since, oh, three-ish years ago when all those groovy stories ran about how Lord of the Rings was being filmed there and whatnot. You haven't either, I'm sure. And we probably haven't missed anything. Until today...

A judge in New Zealand fed up with parents bestowing bizarre names on their offspring has given a girl named Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii the chance to change hers.
Judge Rob Murfitt has ruled that the girl, 9, become a ward of the court so her name can be changed. The girl was involved in a custody battle between her separated parents. In his ruling made public Thursday, Murfitt expressed concern at the "very poor judgment" shown by the parents in selecting the moniker.
"It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily," said Murfitt. ...
In his ruling, Murfitt cited a list of strange names given to children in New Zealand.
He said names blocked by registration officials included Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, while Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence were allowed.

Granted, these fine Kiwis were only following Flavor Flav's lead in bestowing amazingly awesome weird names upon people.
But Number 16 Bus Shelter? Why didn't my parents think of that?
How can one accept Violence as a name, but not Yeah Detroit? (Fine, I know the answer to that one. Mr. and Mrs. Y. Detroit forgot to add an exclamation point at the end.)
And how, exactly, was Lucy gotten by Keenan?
So many questions. So damn many questions.


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