Category: Weird Articles
Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 17:46
Have you ever met anyone with a name so ridiculous that you can't help but think to yourself that their parents probably hated them which is how they wound up with that name? Then there are some people who end up with really horrible names because their parents decided to be “smart” or they were just really uneducated as hell and spelled the name differently, like instead of “Erica”, they went with “Airwrecka”. At some point in time, you will definitely wonder what people with unfortunate names had to go through in their lives, and here we reveal 10 people who got into problems with their unfortunate names.
1. Man with surname “Cocaine” got arrested for drug possession
You'll definitely hate your life when you are in court trying to get out of drug charges and the lawyer keeps referring to you as Mr. Cocaine.
A Florida man shocked a local judge with his legal last name Cocaine. Edward Cocaine was arrested for allegedly possessing drugs. In case you were wondering, it was not for cocaine, but for Xanax. Cocaine says his great-grandparents immigrated to the country from Greece and legally changed the family name to Cocaine. It is even on his birth certificate and driver's license.
Fortunately for Mr. Cocaine, his surname did not really seem to affect his charges that much because the judge released him without bail.
2. Indiana officials were against honoring four term mayor because of his name, Harry Baals
Harry Baals. 'Nuff said. But if you wanted more details, a former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s proved much less popular with modern-day city leaders, who in 2011, refused to name a new government center after him because of the jokes his name could inspire.
Harry Baals was the runaway favorite in online voting to name after the building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis, but Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said it wasn't going to be enough to put the name of the city's longest-tenured mayor on the center. You could probably guess why online voters chose his name.
The issue was pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls." And Harry Baals' descendants are so embarrassed by the name, they have since changed it to "bales."
Supporters said it's unfair that the former mayor couldn't be recognized simply because his name makes some people snicker, but opponents feared that naming the center after Baals would make Fort Wayne the target of late-night television jokes.
The officials ignored the supporters' protests and scratched “Harry Baals” off the list. It was subsequently announced that the building would be named “Citizens Square”.
3. 8-year-old girl's name tearing family apart
Now, you cannot blame the parents for this unfortunate incident with this 8-year-old Sydney girl's name because she was named Isis long before the terrorist organization came about. Until a few months ago, people would always compliment the girl on her beautiful name that her parents borrowed from an ancient Egyptian goddess. However in recent months, the compliments have stopped and the name Isis is met with shock.
Although Sheridan and her husband Frank meticulously selected their daughter's name from ancient Egyptian mythology, representing a strong, vocal feminine figure, it's recently come to be synonymous with the extremist Islamic militant group spreading terror around the world.
Mrs. Leskien says Isis, who loves her name, is so far unaware of the evil it's now associated with, but it's beginning to affect the rest her family. Friends have alienated the couple. Isis's brother, 13-year-old Maximus, has already started to be teased at school about his sister's name and got into fights defending her.
Also known as ISIL and IS, the Iraq and Syria-based extremist group is responsible for the many recent public beheadings of journalists and an aid worker.
When Mrs. Leskien set out in Sydney to plead with people to stop using the name ISIS to refer to the terrorist organization, an online search led her to find her family was not alone in their suffering. The Sydney mother was the 56th signatory to an online petition started by a U.S. woman, Isis Martinez, imploring the media to stop using the acronym ISIS for the group. The petition has now reached more than 33,000 supporters, many of them sharing stories that Sheridan and her young family are all too familiar with.
4. French woman denied access to the U.S. Because her name sounds like Al Qaeda
A young French lady who was flying to New York from Switzerland for a holiday with her husband and two children was told she was not allowed to enter the States because her name sounds suspiciously like “Al Qaeda”.
Aida Alic arrived with her faily at Geneva airport on Wednesday preparing to board a connection flight to JFK airport but was tild by Swiss Airlines officials that her access to the country had been denied. Forced to cancel their trip and return home near Chambery in the French Alps, it wasn't until the 33-year-old got on the internet and started googling for answers that she realized her name reads 'Alic Aida' in her passport which rhymes with Al Qaeda.
The family are lost almost US$3,800 because their return flights to the states were non-refundable. The U.S. embassy in Paris said it does not comment on individual cases of people appearing on the no-fly list. As of 2012, there were over 21,000 names on the list, which is said to be discriminatory against certain religions and races.
5. Woman who renamed herself Skywalker was refused a passport for “copyright reasons”
A woman who legally gave herself the middle name “Skywalker” can forget about traveling to the planet of Tatooine (home planet of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) especially since she can't even cross the Channel to France after the Home Office denied her a passport.
Laura Matthews, from Southend, changed her name by deed poll in 2008 and encountered no problems until she tried to renew her passport but was denied because her name was subjected to copyright issues.
The 29-year-old, who said she added the middle name "for a bit of a laugh" after a conversation with friends, was stunned when the Home Office told her they would not recognize her name. The Star Wars fan has been told she can reapply for a new passport using her old signature and name.
6. Pakistani diplomat was rejected because his name translates to “biggest dick”
In 2010, a high level Pakistani diplomat was rejected as Ambassador of Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zeb, translates to "biggest dick" in Arabic. Saudi officials, were against the idea of having “biggest dick” posted there and barred him from coming.
However, Akbar Zeb is in no way a noob when it comes to world politics. This guy is actually a pretty big deal. This long-ranging, high level diplomat has worked with some of the largest members of world governments players charged with negotiating the outcome of the world's current events. He most recently served as High Commissioner Designate of Pakistan to Canada, and prior to that he was the ambassador of Pakistan to South Africa.
7. Man named God has credit issues because of it
A New York City man has claimed that a credit reporting agency falsely claimed he had no financial history because his first name is God.
According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn said in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue.
Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather. The 26-year-old owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies.
8. Child refused birthday cake with his name, Adolf Hitler, on it
Parents forcing their beliefs on their children and implicating them while doing so is very common throughout the world. In 2009, a 3 year old boy named Adolf Hitler and his two Nazi-named younger sisters were removed from their New Jersey home and placed in state custody. Adolf Hitler Campbell and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinker Jeannie Campbell, were taken from thir Holland Township, N.J., home by the state's Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).
Their Nazi-loving father, Heath Campbell, has a long history of being an abusive tyrant who worships the devil. The unemployed Campbell lives off disability payments and drives a green 1985 Pontiac Bonneville adorned with a swastika sticker on its hood and Hitler stickers long the passenger side door.
The Campbells hit national headlines when a ShopRite supermarket refused to sell them a birthday cake with Adolf Hitler's name on it. The story also generated a slew of angry Internet chatter. Forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill said naming a boy after the ruthless Nazi leader, Hitler, could be considered child abuse.
9. 9-year-old granted permission to change her given name, Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii
Why this name was even allowed to be processed in her birth certificate? In 2008, a 9-year-old girl from New Zealand was made a ward of the court so that she could change her name from Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Seriously, wtf? Maybe her mother was too hopped up on all that anesthesia or whatever drugs they gave her during labor.
A judge ruled that the girl, who is the subject of a custody fight, should be placed in the guardianship of the court until she was renamed. A lawyer acting for the girl claimed she was so embarrassed by her name that she had kept it from her friends, insisting she should be known as "K" instead. She also feared that if it became public she would be mocked and teased. The lawyer claimed the girl fully understood how ludicrous her name sounds, unlike her parents who had not considered the implications when they named her.
10. 10-year-old girl denied passport because her name is Harriet
You might think that Harriet sounds like a common enough name for a girl, but not in Iceland. The country recently refused 10-year-old Harriet Cardew's passport renewal because her name doesn't comply with Icelandic baby naming laws. Her name doesn't appear on the approved list of 1,853 female and 1,712 boy names. Yes, so if you give birth in Iceland, you can only choose from this list of approve girl/boy names.
Icelandic laws state that unless both parents are foreign, they must submit their name choice to the National Registry for approval within six months of birth. The name must fulfill requirements that include "Icelandic grammatical endings," "linguistic structure of Iceland" and "Icelandic orthography." "That's the problem with Harriet," Harriet's father, Tristan Cardew, explained. "It can't be conjugated in Icelandic."
Lilja and Belinda, two of the couple's four children, have their names on their passports because they were born in France. However, Harriet and her brother Duncan, 12, were born in Iceland, but did not have their names approved by the committee.
They live in Reykjavik, Iceland, and up until this point, have been going by "Girl" and "Boy" on their passports. But upon getting Harriet's passport request, the government went a step further and denied her an updated passport completely, which could put her family's upcoming trip to France on hold.
The Cardews could bypass the name block by changing Harriet's middle name to an Icelandic one, but the family thinks it's too late. Instead, they applied for an emergency passport from the British Embassy where dad Tristan is from. He finds the name approval process absurd. "The whole situation is really rather silly," he said.