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A Rant By Any Other Name

"Insanity in individuals is something rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."- Nietzsche

help wantedBefore I launch into my usual tirade I need to ask for your help.

I have a nephew who's graduating from high school soon and the family wants to throw him a party. But we old folks are kinda vague on what constitutes real fun for an 18-year-old boy these days... aside from booze and broads. That's a gimme.

So if you have an idea for a fun event send me an email and I'll award an original, hand-signed Raging Pencils cartoon (my choice) to the most intriguing entry.

And thanks for your help.



I always thought my name could be safely considered unique as, even in a city as big as Dallas, there were only two Stanfill's in the phone book, and one of them belonged to my brother. Then the Google came along and a vanity search or two quickly dispelled any notion of exclusivity. In fact, there are so many other Mike Stanfill's out there I'm considering forming a club. A small club but an interesting one.

Do you know how they name children in Iceland? If it's a boy they take the first name of the father and add the word "Son" to the end of it to form a brand-new last name. If it's a girl they do the same thing except they add the word "Dottir" (pronounced "dochter"... it's a Germanic thing.)

So Jonah, son of Utrecht is Jonah Utrechtson, and Betty, daughter of Joanna, becomes Betty Joannasdottir. It's sounds odd but at least they don't end up with a country full of John Smiths. Or Mike Stanfills.

Long before I learned of Iceland's unique method of assigning identity I'd always thought that we here in the States should do something to inject a little variety into life, if not the phone book.

My idea was create new names when people married, to take the bride and groom's last names and sort of moosh them together and extrude into something unusual, as in "Smith" and "Jones" becoming "Smones" or "Jith" or "Jonth". Yes, I realize men don't traditionally adopt new names when they marry but if the pracice is good enough for the ladies it's good enough for us men-folk. Right, men-folk?

So with a father named Stanfill and a mother named Dobie I could have instead been Mike Standobie. Now THAT would have been unique.


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City attacked by giant flag. Daytime.
Man: "Oh, no! Flagzilla is attacking the city, and quaint cultural inhibitions prevent us from fighting back! Will no one save us?
Woman: "Look! It's a giant peace protester! And he has a lit match!"
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