A matter of taste

So you thought the parents of Sunday Rose and Apple didn’t show much sympathy for the person being so named? According to a post on the Times Alpha Mummy blog, these are the ten strangest baby monikers that the authors of a new book on the subject could find:

10: Fat Meat Fields

9: Geography Bryan

8: Zero Pie

7: Cylinder Klinefelter

6: Nice Veal

5: Cylclops Walthour

4: Envy Burger

3: Cancer Grindstaff

2: Young Boozer

1: Dracula Taylor

Bad Baby Names by Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback is published by Ancestry.co.uk, priced £4.99

I don’t know if I can honestly believe that people would call their children by these names. I hope, for the sake of the innocent, that the book is a joke. However, the day after this Times post, the same blog reported that a nine-year-old girl called Talula does the Hula from Hawaii was made a ward of court so she could change her name, apparently to “K”. The judge said “The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child’s parents have show in choosing this name…It makes a fool of the child and set her up with a social disability…” The judge also attacked other strange names, such as Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence, and Benson and Hedges (the last two for a pair of twins). Dilbert’s take on this particular story is here.

If you like weird lists, Alpha Mummy provides links to some of its past triumphs:

12 most expensive celebrity baby pictures

5 tips for a streamlined life

5 reasons why maternity leave is bad for women

90 best classic children’s books

7 worst sexy toys for kids.


Waterstones offer on the Sony Reader

After reading so many reviews and opinions about Amazon’s Kindle, I conclude that it is catching on. People are broadly positive about it and the reading experience, especially when it saves them from carrying a pile of books (eg technical manuals) around the world. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to buy one in the UK, although one enterprising Australian author told us at Harrogate that she had obtained a Kindle on Ebay and finds it indispensable.

Help is now at hand for those desperate to try out this reading method, in the shape of the next version of the Sony e-reader, almost available in the UK (it has got to the pre-order stage, anyway). If you are keen, Waterstones is offering Sony’s Reader at £199 and 500 points, from waterstones.com or some stores. The Reader comes with a CD of 100 “classic” (out of copyright) books; 6,800 page-turns per battery; the ability to store and view a range of file formats, such as PDF, Microsoft Word, mp3 and various picture formats; bookmark and a three-times zoom; as well as various navigational features, e-ink of various degrees of black, and a six-inch screen. I have to admit I am tempted. According to Waterstone’s website, the Sony Reader will be in the shops from early September, simultaneous with “thousands” of e-books also going on sale. (The reader holds up to 160 at a time, it is said.)