I guess it'd make calling and remembering a bit easier, but what's your take on naming your pets the same name as another?
Cute cat, right? Look closely to see something poking out of that lil mouth — the kitty not only has a tooth coming out on top, "Snag L. Tooth" has the number one wackiest cat name chosen from VPI Pet Insurance's database of over 470,000 insured pets!
According to owner, Alison Reppel they started referring to him by Snags, "not only because it describes him physically but also because it suited his personality. He gets into little snags all around the house, knocking over pots and pans or ripping apart any cardboard that we may leave sitting around.” Ha!
The complete feline top 10:
- Snag L. Tooth
- Clawed Monet
- Velvet Elvis
- Eartha Kitty
- Blue Man Chew
- Thurston Picklesworth III
- Polly Prissypants
Now see the top 10 wacky dog names — and a photo of the number one pooch — when you read more
Coca-Cola is perhaps the most classic of American drinks, however the company has announced their plan to remove the word "classic" from its name. "Classic" was added over twenty years ago, in 1985, to signify that the brand was making a return to using the original recipe. Now with a global approach to advertising, the word is no longer beneficial to the brand. In the current ad campaigns, "Coke side of life" and "open happiness," the word is not employed. According to a spokesman from Coca-Cola, the "classic" is totally unnecessary:
It felt like the right time. When people think Coca-Cola, they think classic. More than two decades after the introduction of that word, its reason for being a descriptor has disappeared.
The beverage company doesn't foresee any customer backlash and has already removed the "classic" from fountain drink cups. I'm not affected by the change; to me Coke is classic. How do you feel about it?
What's in a name? A lot, clearly. Veterinary Pet Insurance, the country's largest and oldest provider, tallied to the top 10 most popular dog and cat names from its database of over 466,000 insured pets. Granted, there are tons of animals out there that are uninsured, but I can think of creatures with nearly each of these popular names that I either know personally, or that belong to a celebrity pet owner.
|Most Popular Dog Names of 2008||Most Popular Cat Names of 2008|
Over the weekend, I told someone I just met that I had a puppy when asked if I had roommates. My pal overheard and was quick to point out that North is a grown dog.
I wasn't being intentionally deceitful (after all my parents still refer to only-child-me as "the baby" and I'm far from it), and I meant it more affectionately than realistically. Do you ever refer to your pet as a puppy, kitten or other (dare I say) pet names regardless of age? Shh, the poll's anonymous so your secret's safe with me.
Remember when using Barack Obama's middle name was a big deal? Yeah, vaguely right? Well it seems like his moniker has become less of a slight and more of selling point, at least for six politicians in Brazil, all of whom have changed their names to "Barack Obama." It's not just a tribute, but a sneaky election tactic.
Brazilians have embraced the candidate enthusiastically in a country with a large population of African descendants and a corresponding minority of space in government. It's thought that by adopting the name of the Democratic candidate, the politicians will have a better chance of being elected. A quirk of Brazilian election law allows candidates to run under the name of their choice, so Obama seems a likely pick.
To see the story of one such name-switcher, read more
Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? If you search for her using the World Names Profiler map, apparently "Sandiego" is mostly found in France. I saved this little gem for the weekend because you'll want lots of time to play with it. Just plug in your last name and see where most of your kinfolk live, instantly.
This map is for "Smith," which isn't as worldwide as the Witness Protection Program might like you to think. . . I've heard, anyway. Now go search for your own name, it's fun and easy! Where is your family tree planted?
One of YumSugar's friends sent word that she is traveling to San Diego to adopt an adorable pug named Hurley, who will be the mascot for her company. The dog is beyond cute (he's seen here dressed as a pudgy spider last Halloween) and I must admit, he does look a bit like his namesake, Lost's Jorge Garcia. Do you think it's fair to name pets after people (or characters) if it's an act of love?
Photo copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.
While vegging on the couch over the weekend, I caught a rerun of The Real Housewives of New York City. Just joining one of the families was a new ($1,800) West Highland White Terrier puppy named Aston. With some skepticism (and sarcasm), the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and fam discuss the reasoning behind the name and mention adding another pup named Martin before picking up the car. Surely, a second dog (and Aston Martin) are not beyond a Count's budget, but hey, who knows?! While the son earnestly agrees with the dad's name, and I've heard of many different reasons for naming a pet, I couldn't help but wonder if the name of this pooch was entirely the boy's choice. After all, I named my first dog Joey after a boy I had a crush on in preschool. Now I'd love to hear the name of your first pet in the comments below!