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Raleigh Councilman Offers Child Naming Rights To Google

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the youtube-is-your-godfather dept.

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Anonymous Meoward writes "In what may be the weirdest perk proposed by a municipal authority to entice business, city councilman Bonner Gaylord has offered to name his unborn children Sergey and Larry, after the founders of Google. All he wants in return is the search giant to build its proposed high-speed fiber-optic network in Raleigh."

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Asshole (5, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657220)

So his kid may have to go through life with an arbitrarily bad name, because it will help this guy's career and/or home town?

I wonder what other kinds of crap this guy is going to pull over the next 18 years. Poor kid.

Re:Asshole (5, Funny)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657274)

His kids will be Gaylords, no matter what he calls 'em.

Re:Asshole (5, Funny)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657316)

Sergey or Gary Gaylord can't be worse names than Bonner Gaylord.

Re:Asshole (4, Funny)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657418)

At least it's not Boner Gaylord.

Lessons not learned (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658306)

Turok Gaylord?

Re:Lessons not learned (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660428)

Could be worse, could be Peter Gaylord. It doesn't surprise me though, as I've met a few kids growing up where I thought "WTF were their parents thinking?". For example there was a girl in my class whose parents named her Sandy Bush and her brother's name was Harold (which of course got shortened to Harry).

At least my GF and I have excuses for our names, my mom went into labor while watching Thunderball in the theater so I got named Sean, while my GF's mom went into labor in the middle of a Brenda Lee concert and so got named Brenda. Cool thing was she got a card every year until she was 18 from Brenda Lee.

But considering the fact that we have become such money whores that girls sell their virginity [foxnews.com] to the highest bidder, why should we be even surprised that some douche is willing to sell his kid's names? At least he'll get reelected if he pulls it off, and maybe fiber to the home.

Re:Lessons not learned (1)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 4 years ago | (#31661142)

I'm in Raleigh, but would never vote to reelect him, even though I would really like Google to bring its network trials here. If he's willing to sell his kid's names to further his career, what other shady things would he be willing to do?

Re:Asshole (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658324)

With the worsening comprehension of the language, I'm not sure that most people would recognize a difference.

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658772)

Tell that to his elementary school classmates.

Re:Asshole (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657586)

Well, it's easy to promise to name your children Sergey and Gary if there aren't actually going to be any...

Re:Asshole (2, Interesting)

ThiagoHP (910442) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659012)

Sergey or Gary Gaylord can't be worse names than Bonner Gaylord.

In Portuguese, "Sergey" is pronounced exactly like "ser gay", which means "to be gay". Sergey Gaylord would be quite amusing. :P

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657724)

Sergey Geylord would twist your tongue, so the concatenation would happen.
I can just imagine... Ser. Geylord

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658640)

Why Sergey and Larry, let his children be named Google Gaylord , Microsoft Gaylord and why not Walmart Gaylord

MS Gaylord already taken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31660494)

Why Sergey and Larry, let his children be named Google Gaylord , Microsoft Gaylord and why not Walmart Gaylord

Well, I don't know about the other two, but Microsoft Gaylord is already taken - it was the little known optional foppish Southern animated guide character the user could choose in Microsoft Bob.

Re:Asshole (5, Insightful)

Manfre (631065) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657370)

Sergey and Larry are not really bad names considering his kids will already be teased for their last name. It's not like he's going to name the kids "Adolf Hitler Gaylord" or "Sarah Palin Gaylord", like those other parent of the year candidates. I would feel bad for a girl if she was named Sergey or Larry.

I'm curious if Google would rip out all the fiber if/when Mr Gaylord fails to provide children.

Re:Asshole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657748)

Larry could be short for Larissa, she would also have to be black and ghetto

Re:Asshole (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658866)

Well, that certainly Explains it All.

Re:Asshole (4, Funny)

krou (1027572) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657950)

Sergey and Larry are not really bad names considering his kids will already be teased for their last name

Not until the one kid gets the nickname Sir Gay Gaylord.

Re:Asshole (1)

jonadab (583620) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658180)

Sarah's a sufficiently common name that "Sarah Gaylord" wouldn't be a big deal. Nobody'd even know she was named after a modern famous person until they find out her middle name. Most kids are at least slightly embarrassed about their middle names, but they quickly discover that everyone else is too, so it's generally no big deal unless it's really extreme, and being named after a famous politician (well, apart from Hitler) isn't as extreme as all that.

Adolf as a first name, of course, would be a terrible thing to saddle the poor child with, quite irrespective of the middle name.

Re:Asshole (2)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660048)

Really? Sarah Palin is now up with Adolf Hitler?

Pol Pot, Iosif Stalin, Mao, Glenn Beck, now those are up with Hitler, but who did Sarah Palin kill?

Sarah is a perfectly good name.

Re:Asshole (2, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657456)

Yea, well it'd have to be better than Boner Gaylord Jr, now wouldn't it?

Seriously, what's he got to lose?

Re:Asshole (2, Funny)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657490)

Boner Gaylord Jr

Are we still talking about his child?

Re:Asshole (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657784)

Found in the phonebook: Gaylord, Junior Boner. Oh and yeah, he's probably talking about his child... the puppy being a priest of satan and all (oh no it was the other side that does the buggering).

Re:Asshole (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657514)

Yea, well it'd have to be better than Boner Gaylord Jr, now wouldn't it?

Seriously, what's he got to lose?

His parents were involved in an attempt to attract business from a male-on-male porn magazine.

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657754)

So his kid may have to go through life with an arbitrarily bad name, because it will help this guy's career and/or home town?

I wonder what other kinds of crap this guy is going to pull over the next 18 years. Poor kid.

With a name like 'Bonner Gaylord' (for real? I had to look it up to be sure..) I am sure he can come up with much more horrifying names than Larry and Sergey. I'd say lucky kid actually.

Re:Asshole (0)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657944)

So his kid may have to go through life with an arbitrarily bad name, because it will help this guy's career and/or home town?

I wonder what other kinds of crap this guy is going to pull over the next 18 years. Poor kid.

Nah. I take he took into account that both names were pretty common. There are lots of Sergeis and Larries around. I take he wouldn't have come up with a similar idea concerning Mr. Obama. Simply because the name Barak is not heard very often -I never heard of it before Obama was in the news- and it will inevitably be directly associated with Mr. Obama.

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658234)

So his kid may have to go through life with an arbitrarily bad name, because it will help this guy's career and/or home town?

While Sergey is an uncommon name in America, Larry isn't. Well, perhaps it is in this generation, but it's not unheard of. And I imagine the guy was talking about naming the kids first and middle name as either Larry or Sergey. Given naming kids is rather subjective, I'd say it's hardly a 'bad name' given I've seen a rather terrible name of "Kermit The" recently in my home town area. You can see it in the Google result summary [google.com] but the page is no longer there. The family name is "Pfister" so the kids full name is Kermit the Pfister. One of my friends knows the guy. They were going to call their kid "Twisted" (to sound like Twisted Pfister, ie. Twisted Sister) but they thought that would be going too far.

Of course, there's those families that name kids to sound like drugs, sex, or Nazi's. So, in comparison, calling someone "Sergey" or "Larry" isn't that bad at all.

Re:Asshole (1)

catd77 (1743104) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658484)

Yep, well that guy must be really desperate. Typical politicians...

Re:Asshole (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659442)

My take on the "typical politician" angle: he's oblivious of the fact that for this to work Brin and Page would have to be just as vain and corrupt as his ilk.

Re:Asshole (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660422)

Well, at least he's manning up and selling his own children...

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658684)

Their last name is Gaylord, and your complaint is that relatively common, normal first names are going to ruin their lives? Really?

Re:Asshole (1)

stonewallred (1465497) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659516)

That is a win for my state! Not only did we have both John Edwards and Jessie Helms, we have this moron. At least we have UNC basketball and many of the ACC teams.

Re:Asshole (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659590)

If I were his kids I'd pray to every god that he calls me Sergey or Larry rather than Bonner Gaylord Jr.

Re:Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31660666)

Who knows, maybe he actually liked those names and thought "Why not get something out of it?". Maybe he would have called Microsoft if he wanted to call them Bill and Steve.

Sergey and Larry aren't that bad. With a surname of Gaylord his kids pretty much already lost anyway and it's way better than lots of the crap celebrities give to their children for shits and giggles.

Re:Asshole (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31661328)

As a resident of Raleigh, I'm all for it. No one gets the name they 'want' you just get some name. How names are picked is arbitrary, the kids could get something retarded anyway, or its actually even entirely possible the guy already decided on these names anyway and this is just a nice publicity stunt.

Either way, if you think the names are going to define the kids destiny you are seriously disconnected from any sort of reality I'm involved in. Its simply not really that big of a deal and no one will know they were named to get some fiber in the ground.

More importantly, the guy himself got shafted when it comes to naming, his kids will be in good company for the 'bad names' as you call them.

gogo carolina! (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657222)

Guh.....what? I'm dumbfounded by this.

Leave the guy alone. (5, Funny)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657224)

Maybe he's internet-starved. You would sell your mother and all your future generations for some sweet bandwidth ;)

Re:Leave the guy alone. (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657660)

If your going to sell your future generations for bandwith, I gurantee your soo much of a nerd your never going to have any.

Re:Leave the guy alone. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658028)

And I can guarantee you are not so much of a geek because your spelling is that of a salesman.

Re:Leave the guy alone. (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658834)

So you're saying that this is just Rumpelstiltskin?

hehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657234)

A little late in the game for this stunt. But Raleigh would be a good city for Google to test out their fiber.

Bonner Gaylord... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657240)

Srsly??

Re:Bonner Gaylord... (1)

suso (153703) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657466)

Only slightly better than Gaylord Focker.

I'll do better than that: clone army (2, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657262)

city councilman Bonner Gaylord has offered to name his unborn children Sergey and Larry, after the founders of Google

I'll do better than that. If Google builds a high-speed fiber-optic network to my apartment block, I will create an army of clones, each platoon named after either Sergey or Larry.

Re:I'll do better than that: clone army (4, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658200)

Am I supposed to register somewhere?

Re:I'll do better than that: clone army (1)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658262)

What are doing out of formation soldier!

Re:I'll do better than that: clone army (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658316)

Sorry! My telepathy unit must be malfunctioning, I’ll have it checked immediately.

Re:I'll do better than that: clone army (1)

Xeleema (453073) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658210)

Ah, so that's the mystery behind Vault 108's [wikia.com] "Gary" clones!!! Thanks!

Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657272)

Is it still ok to laugh at his name?

Bonner Gaylord was bullied. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657278)

"Boner" Gaylford. Enough said.

humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657280)

Is this including its soul? This guy is a politician that would do anything to get himself advanced in politics and it seems as if he would sell his first born to the devil if he could.

Re:humanity (3, Funny)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660468)

This guy is a politician that would do anything to get himself advanced in politics and it seems as if he would sell his first born to the devil if he could.

First and second born, actually, although on the other hand it's not like he's offering to name the kids William Gates Gaylord and Steven Ballmer Gaylord.

Name makes me giggle... (1)

StickInTheMud94 (1127619) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657282)

I feel a little bad about myself right now...this person's name makes me giggle. (Also, is this a little too close to April 1st to be true?)

Oh, It's a revenge! (2, Funny)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657288)

FTFA:

RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord

Ok, please sit down and think about it. This guy's name is BONNER GAYLORD.

He's just trying to get back at his parents, by giving his kids horrible names. Bonner Gaylord. //Goes to check The Onion, to make sure the story wasn't pulled from there

Think of the children! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657290)

If your father were named "Boner Gaylord" you would want someone outside the gene pool to name you too. Might as well be Google.

eight years later (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657298)

Hey Fermat! Howja get yer name? Look at that kid, Fermat! Fermat! Fermat!

Just one moment... (2, Funny)

Redlemons (1313923) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657322)

This story is 3 days early.

I'll spin the straw into gold. (4, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657326)

But in return, you must give me your first born child.

Re:I'll spin the straw into gold. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657650)

I'm azoospermic you insensitive clod.

Re:I'll spin the straw into gold. (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31661346)

No, you're just trying too hard and you aren't funny.

CREEPY CREEPY CREEPY (2, Funny)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657328)

If it were my company, and this guy proposed such a thing, the LAST thing I would do is consider his city. I would want to be at least several states away.

Someone get the butterfly net...

who cares? (1)

Weezul (52464) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657436)

Sergey and Larry are perfectly normal names. Google is the most ethical multi-national ever. If I cared about namesakes, I'd consider Sergey or Larry for free. I'd avoid John and Maynard [wikipedia.org] regardless.

That said, I hope google sends him a very nice letter respectfully thanking him for the deep complement, but explaining that they'll choose the cities based upon other various factors, like their potential influence upon other cities.

Re:who cares? (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657880)

Please don't tell me you're one of those Libertarian/Randian types who inserts into every conversation a sly mention of discredited economist Hayek.

Re:who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657940)

This is Slashdot, what do you expect? Judging by your UID I'd expect you to be used to seeing the obsessed libertarians roaming this site.

Re:who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658290)

Rand hated libertarians, you know; not sure why people act as though Objectivist "Randians" and libertarians are the same thing.

Though if you think Hayek is "discredited", well, I guess it's just all-around ignorance.

Re:who cares? (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660978)

In a way, it makes sense: objectivism and libertarianism have many similar views in politics and economics. However, there are differences. Rand thought libertarians lacked the philosophy behind the politics. For example, you can be a libertarian and religious conservative, while she rejected religion completely.

Re:who cares? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657924)

>>>explaining that they'll choose the cities based upon other various factors

In Houston they bribed Compaq by giving them a Houston address. It didn't matter that Compaq was nowhere near Houston (about 10 miles outside city limits). Must feel good to be a politician with so much power (libido dominandi).

Back to topic:
- I remember accessing the internet with only 1 k (1200 bps modem)
- Today I access the web with either 50k or 750k, depending upon my location.
- Do we really, honestly need 100,000k lines this desperately? That sounds more like a "luxury" than a "need" and this politician being on his knees to please Google seems pretty pathetic.

Re:who cares? (1)

G00F (241765) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658238)

What we need is to break the market up, Most people have Cable or DSL, and even in those markets where you have both, they both suck.

In my area, Salt lake City, UT. We have a wireless company that I am seriously considering(and I hate wireless!) and there where once employing fiber through utopia, but that was destroyed by cable/telco (that had many mom/pop DSL providers behind it) But they both are still bound by Qwest for backbone, not as bad because of different last mile, but there needs to be some serious beef to break of the dualopoly(is there such a thing?)

Re:who cares? (1)

Yamata no Orochi (1626135) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658242)

"Accessing the web" is not the only thing these lines are used for. I parse that phrase as "surf websites," and while I could very easily make an argument explaining that flash and embedded media make many websites one may want to visit VERY much larger than they were when you were accessing at a thousand bits per second, it is easier simply to say that the biggest demand for additional bandwidth is for the many other functions of those same pipes that benefit from more throughput, such as large file downloads and P2P functions.

That said, being on the upper end of current technologies may be viewed as something to improve the image of your city/county/state/whatever, and as such would make a politician look good for facilitating it.

Re:who cares? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658782)

I would have done the same thing if it meant brings jobs to the community.

"- I remember accessing the internet with only 1 k (1200 bps modem)"
And I remember 300 baud and needing to get permission from the university. Big deal.

"- Today I access the web with either 50k or 750k, depending upon my location."
So?

"- Do we really, honestly need 100,000k lines this desperately? That sounds more like a "luxury" than a "need" and this politician being on his knees to please Google seems pretty pathetic."

All communications and entertainment s moving to the internet, and homes have more then 1 device connected to the net. A family of 4 will have at least 4 connections, and probably more.

Plus, if you want to have your community have even the lightest chance to bring in new startups, you needs to have very phat pipe. And bringin in startups means money and employment.

Re:who cares? (1)

WillDraven (760005) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660116)

I'd avoid John and Maynard [wikipedia.org] regardless.

Fuck that. Maynard is an awesome [wikipedia.org] name.

Re:who cares? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660128)

Google is the most ethical multi-national ever?

From TFW on MNCs - "They have pointed out that multinationals create false needs in consumers and have had a long history of interference in the policies of sovereign nation states. Evidence supporting this belief includes invasive advertising (such as billboards, television ads, adware, spam, telemarketing, child-targeted advertising, guerilla marketing), massive corporate campaign contributions in democratic elections..."

Google advertises, invades privacy donates to elections, so what makes them more ethical than Apple, IBM or Intel to name three? Also Google has only been around for 12 years so they've not had time to sell data gathering tools to genocides yet like IBM did.

As for the "...but explaining that they'll choose the cities based upon other various factors, like their potential influence upon other cities." Raleigh is in the middle of the Research Triangle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_Triangle [wikipedia.org]

Zen (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657450)

And then, 30 years later, his children would both end up working at google and we will have come full circle.

Officials are used to whoring (1)

Morris Thorpe (762715) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657538)

The stunts being done by these cities and their officials border on begging. I mean, sure it'd be cool to land the Google network, but c'mon man! Hold on to some dignity.

This has been an interesting example of the mindset of the politicians as opposed to normal people, though. Some politicians are making fools of themselves to try and attract Google's gaze. Would normal people even consider doing something like this? Of course not. Why would having a mayor diving in icy waters or naming a child after the Google guys convince them to move to your town?

For most politicians, begging and whoring themselves comes naturally. That's what's scary about this.

Re:Officials are used to whoring (1)

syntheticmemory (1232092) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657606)

Well, if it works for Reality TV programs, it should work for politicians....

Re:Officials are used to whoring (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658720)

" Would normal people even consider doing something like this? Of course no"
Of course they would. Do you really need a list of stupid shit normal people do in the hopes of getting money?

The Google contest is to see who will go the farthest in impress Google.

Here is a clue" Politicians are pretty much normal people.

For the record, I don't think this will do it. I think it would be better to change a street name to "Google Ave" and have it cross with "Internet Highway".

Who do we work for anymore? (4, Insightful)

The Angry Mick (632931) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657566)

Ourselves or the fucking corporations? Have we sunk so low that we're offering our CHILDREN up to the gods of corporate benevolence?

And how much do you want to bet that along with the offer of surrendering his offspring's identity, there's an additional offer of either a hefty tax break, or even a free pass?

Espn Real (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657796)

Have we sunk so low that we're offering our CHILDREN up to the gods of corporate benevolence?

If so, it's nothing new. Case in port: Espn Real [badbreeders.net] .

Re:Who do we work for anymore? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658680)

Oh clam down. It's a name. Yeah, it's pretty weird, and I wouldn't do it. It's not like he is saying everyone in the town will get Google tattoos for their children,. It's not their identity.

If it would mean enough jobs, then why not a tax break?

It is better to have 1000 Jobs and a tax breaks to a corporation, then 0 jobs and no tax break.

Touching (4, Funny)

tarscher (1000260) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657708)

Touching what men wants to do to download porn at high speed.

koosh koosh (1)

Essequemodeia (1030028) | more than 4 years ago | (#31657838)

I propose we attempt to embarrass this man to the fullest extent... by naming his child... Bonner Gaylord. Surely a funnier name has yet to be found.

Re:koosh koosh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31657998)

Randy Bumgardner (white house official) begs to disagree :-)
And of course the unfortunately named "Peter File".
or "Paris Hilton" come to think of it.

Re:koosh koosh (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658236)

Runner-up list:

Coco Crisp [wikipedia.org]
Albert Pujols [wikipedia.org] (yes, as in “poo holes”) ... although someone could probably think of a worse first name than Albert.

Bribery? (1)

Blindman (36862) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658098)

This isn't the classic example of a bribe, but technically he is offering something arguably of value to the founders of Google in return for them causing Google to give him something that he wants. I assume the names Sergey and Larry are more valuable to Google's founders than Google itself, and he isn't offering to name his children Google, Adwords, or some other Google trademark.

Re:Bribery? (1)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31661044)

When the government does it, it is called an incentive.

Sounds like an April 1st joke (1)

swatthatfly (808033) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658138)

An article where a dude named Bonner Gaylord will name his children after the Google founders is just an excuse for an April first warm-up. Some people just can't wait to get started with the pranks.

How does he guarantee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658174)

How does he guarantee that he will have any children ?

Not the weirdest proposed by a municipal authority (3, Funny)

homey of my owney (975234) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658220)

Many years ago, the town of Radium Hot Springs, New Mexico, offered to change their name to "Truth or Consequences" to win a prize from the TV show of the same name. They thought it would bring in business, and notoriety. It's still a pretty quiet town, though it does have an amusing name... especially when the abbreviation (T or C) is pronounced as a word.

Isn't this just plain begging (1)

bkmiictian (924514) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658406)

Every other day there is a story describing how yet another b/w starved city/town is 'begging' google in an innovative way. Is begging the defining characteristic of our generation? Maybe, if someone can highlight a story wherein a town/city highlights how they can stand up on their feet with the extra b/w (not a bplan!), instead of a crazy marketing gimmick, google might actually initiate some action and live upto their motto of 'do no evil'. (Note that it doesn't necessarily mean 'do good')

Lesser of three evils... (2, Funny)

jwoah12 (1778480) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658508)

If you look on the bright side, it prevents the kid from being called Bonner Junior (B.J. Gaylord).

Epically bad decisionmaking (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658702)

Was I the only one who read "child naming rights" and then skimmed straight to "Sergey And Larry", thinking that he was in fact going to name his next kid "Sergey And Larry Gaylord"?

What a prize. Anyway, I imagine the next article is going to read something like this:

"Raleigh Councilman's Child Production Rights Revoked By Upset Wife"

No, Not Sergey and Larry (1)

Michael_Burton (608237) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658750)

I think this guy's counting on "don't be evil." Anyway, Sergey and Larry aren't bad names. I think he might withdraw the offer if Google counters with a demand for "Google" and "Froogle."

Scary. (1)

NamShubCMX (595740) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658868)

I can't help but to think of the book Jennifer Governement by Max Berry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Government).

Dystopian sci-fi should remain well... fiction.

Amazing what people will do... (1)

SimonSaysBleed (1773972) | more than 4 years ago | (#31658912)

...for something we should already have.

If a man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31658988)

If a man can effectively sell the names of his children, names that the children will be basically forced to keep for their entire lives... Names which could impact their entire development...

Why can't two consenting adults exchange currency, in a private transaction, for the purpose of engaging in anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes of consensual sex?

Or how about for some baseball tickets? [nydailynews.com]

If I were Sergei or Larry (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659344)

I'd build the damn thing in Raleigh if he didn't name his children after me

If I were Him... (1)

darthdavid (835069) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659796)

I'd have taken my wife's last name. Hard to be worse that Gaylord...

Lifetime Accomplishment (1)

iperkins (974060) | more than 4 years ago | (#31659968)

Well, it got the guy a mention on /. What more could anyone want?? Next, he'll want to change his name to Frist Psot

Right ... (1)

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) | more than 4 years ago | (#31660064)

As if we needed any proof that politicians are willing to barter their family to advance their careers.
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