1. The American girl named Hashtag
Last Saturday, a couple gave birth to a baby girl whom, in an homage to Twitter, they reportedly named Hashtag. "Hashtag will likely grow up to be a happy, healthy, beautiful adult woman, but we can't help but think she's going to face a great deal of scrutiny and teasing on the grade-school playgrounds," says Chase Hoffberger at The Daily Dot. Do you think they'll call her Tag for short?
2. The Swedish boy named Google
In 2005, a search-engine marketer and avid fan of all things Google wrote the company to alert them to the birth of his first child, Oliver Google Kai. "When we first knew that my wife Carol is pregnant, I said, 'we will name our child Google,'" the elder Kai wrote in his letter. Surprisingly, his wife agreed to the name, since she "knows how much I adore Google services." Google responded by wishing the young boy "long life and good health," adding that they hope Oliver Google Kai's "schoolmates aren't too hard on him."
3. The Egyptian girl named Facebook
During the Arab Spring in early 2011, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools were instrumental in igniting protests and spurring the revolution that eventually toppled President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. As a way of giving thanks, an Egyptian family chose to name their child Facebook to express "gratitude about the victories the youth of 25 January [when the revolution began] have achieved."
4. The Israeli girl named Like
Taking "inspiration from Mark Zuckerberg's own baby," says Eric Mack at CNET, an Israeli couple decided to name their baby girl Like. But when asked why they chose the name, Like Adler's father, Lior Adler, insisted that the name wasn't part of any marketing ploy, saying that he simply wanted to give his daughter a unique name... and that his wife liked it.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal
- Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 is the perfect way to make millennials hate politics even more
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- 10 secrets of the Vatican exposed
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- 10 things you need to know today: November 28, 2014
Subscribe to the Week