It’s Friday, it’s August (where has the summer gone?!)…seems like a perfect day for some weekend-friendly tales. So, here are a few talkers for wherever the next two days will take you – enjoy!
If you’ve ever known someone who spent any time in China, chances are you’ve heard about the lines. The etiquette for waiting on line is pretty much the opposite of what we’re used to in the US, but the government is trying to change that… at least during the Olympics.
Four million “manners manuals” have been sent to Beijing homes by the government. Among the tips: no pushing in line, no spitting, and no nose-picking. Their advice when talking to foreign friends? Don’t ask people how much money they make, how old they are or whether they’re married.
Not sure if you can safely talk gas prices in Beijing or not, but it’s definitely a hot topic stateside. Mostly, the “topic” revolves around how little money is left over once you fill the tank. A friend who drives an SUV said recently it now costs her $120 to fill up. Most people I know are getting smarter about how and when they drive – finally taking the advice about combining trips and errands. But making one tank of gas last the entire summer? THAT takes some planning.
We’ve all heard the story of someone who knew someone who knew a girl named Merry Christmas. Or the guy on your floor freshman year who swore he went to camp with Jack Daniels. Mr Luckenbach, my 9th grade English teacher, would talk about Ima and Ura Hogg, and routinely mocked his own parents for naming him J. Keith. No first name, just the letter “J”; he told us they wanted his initials to be JKL, but couldn’t come up with a “J” name.
Before our son was born, my husband and I spent a lot of time weeding out names that would make him the butt of jokes, or result in less than stellar initials, like CRY (imagine what those initials could mean for a kid on the playground!). We didn’t want anything too common, but we weren’t going for kooky, either. After all, we hoped he’d be using this name for many, many decades to come. We wanted it to work for a child and an adult. Not everyone is worried about saddling their kid with a name that could be gold to bullies, though.
Recently, a New Zealand judge made 9-year-old Talula Does the Hula From Hawai’I a ward of the court, so she could legally change her name. The judge wasn’t impressed with her parents’ decision, saying, “It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and a handicap.” Ouch, Mom and Dad.
CNN.com asked you, our readers and viewers, to send in your own stories of weird, wacky or wonderful names. Leading the pack, siblings Dow and Indiana Jones.
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