Naming Rights

This picture was posted at reddit with the headline "This is what happens when you let primary school kids vote on the name of an animal." Spazzie McGee was the nickname of a character in the movie School of Rock. The emu named Spazzie McGee lives in Tasmania. But he is hardly the only example of folks taking liberties when they achieve naming rights, as many of the commenters pointed out.

If you were to adopt an owl, could you think of a better name than Hootie McOwlface? Maybe. We'd like to hear it!


Apparently, Pasta Batman was later overruled by authorities. The tiger is now named Whisper.

This is what happens when students get to name their own dormitory. Fort Awesome contains 2600 beds and serves Purchase College in New York. The website doesn't say exactly how it was named, but it certainly sounds like the kind of place in which 18-year-olds would want to live. Although it's not the first place to use this name, it preceded the TV series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome by several years.  

Okay, girls, what should we name our team? Sparkle Unicorns? That's great!


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And of course, there's Mister Splashy Pants. Greenpeace staged an internet poll to name the whale in 2007, and 78% of online votes were for Mister Splashy Pants, even after fraudulent votes were thrown out. As you can see from this video, Greenpeace made its peace with the name.

Then there's Kim Kardashian, who gave birth to a baby girl last week, and named her exactly what an internet poll would have chosen: North. With no middle name. So her name is North West.

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Sometimes it can be awesome: Space shuttle Enterprise was originally to be named Constitution until a letter writing campaign by Trekkies.

Although, Constitution would have been pretty doggone spiffy too.
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