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Bad Names: How Can Parents Do This To Their Children?

Some people don’t like their names. They wish their parents had named them “Melissa” instead of “Margaret,” or that they had a better/more normal middle name, something like “Marie,” the most popular middle name in my seventh grade class. And then there are those who need to change their name in order to function normally in society. A 9-year-old girl in New Zealand has been made a ward of the court so that she can change her name from “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.” Seriously. Maybe her parents were drunk or high when they came up with the name, but really, is that an excuse for forcing your child to go through life with that name? The poor girl is so embarrassed by her given name that she is known among her friends as “K.” And yet, there are actually people who change their names from normal to bizarre. CNN reports that a guy in Illinois legally changed his first name to “In God” and his last to “We Trust.” Bet that helps him pick up the ladies. [CNN] Keep reading »

Love Vandal: Parents Need Love, Too

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send us a pic at tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

So I’m Engaged: Meet The Parents

As I said in a previous column, I have anxiety about people having fun and getting along, not just at my wedding, but in life. I’m a little uptight, to say the least. I worry terribly about what people close to me think — though I don’t care too much what people who don’t know me think (for example, yesterday I was wearing a dress which just exposed a teeny bit of my albeit lacy bra, and the only people whose opinion about that I was concerned with were my coworkers, not, like, the lady who makes my salad at Au Bon Pain). I really want everyone to have a blast at my wedding, but this whole engagement situation has brought up another issue that is causing me some anxiety — having M.’s parents meet mine. The whole notion gives me such butterflies, you’d think my parents and his parents were horrible freaks that should never mesh. That’s hardly true, of course. I’m going to have to get over this neurosis soon, because it’s about time everyone meets — our families are about to be blended, after all. Keep reading »

Friday Quickies!

  • New moms need action too! [Tango]
  • Ugh, we are so ashamed to say we would totally watch a Heidi & Spencer Newlyweds. [Us Weekly]
  • 268 Words On Why Men Are Dirty Boys. [Dame]
  • Talking s-e-x with the ‘rents. Do or Don’t? [Dear Sugar]
  • How compatible are you really? [Shine]
  • A giant eff you to public perverts everywhere. [Feministing]
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    The Joys Of Being An Older Sister

    Say you’re in high school. You and your boyfriend are hooking up on the couch after school. TRL is on the TV in the background. Your mom walks in. According to new game theory research, you’re more likely to be punished for risky sexual activity if you have little brothers or sisters. This is because parents feel that they need to maintain their reputation as a disciplinarian, and if they don’t punish you, the young’uns will get the idea that they can get away with anything. But at least you have someone to torment. [Newswise] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Meeting Guys In Bars, Brazil’s Fertility Rate, And Arroused Men

  • Nineteen percent of women in a survey of 1,034 people over 21 said they met the last guy they dated in a bar. Nearly one in four women said they’d be embarrassed to tell their families they’re dating a guy they met in a bar. “He bought me a shot of tequila” isn’t their idea of a fairy-tale beginning? [PRNewswire]
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