The most popular patriotic name in America is John Adams. According to a 2014 analysis by the contact information provider White Pages, there are 9,893 living individuals with that name. Second most popular was Robert Morris (Revolutionary War financier) – 7,367 followed by John Hancock – 1,616; George Washington – 1,513; Samuel Adams – 1,100; Patrick Henry – 1,004; James Madison - 753; Thomas Jefferson – 522; Benjamin Franklin – 401; and John Witherspoon (signer of the Declaration of Independence) – 309. Some of the names are coincidences and some are intentional. Wouldn’t it be nice if giving children a name to live up to improved their posture.
The most popular patriotic name for a pet is Madison. That was the finding of the pet insurance company Trupanion after analyzing its database. Of the top 7 names inspired by the founding fathers, Madison represented 57% of the share. Franklin was second with 31%, including 2 cats and 3 dogs named Benjamin Franklin. Hamilton was the third most popular patriotic name followed by Jefferson, Washington, Hancock and Adams. Other patriotic names in the database were America, Patriot, Flag and Eagle. I suppose to name a pet after one of today’s politicians would be an insult - to the pet.
Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, first showed off its intellectual process on Jeopardy. In 2012 IBM began to test Watson’s food talents, giving it a database of recipes that were already being used successfully. After analyzing huge numbers of recipes, the supercomputer came up with its own condiment – Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce. Among other things the sauce contains butternut squash, white wine, dates, Thai chilies and tamarind. Although it was bottled for a limited run, the recipe has been published. Supposedly, the BBQ sauce has a “slow, warm heat and a kick”. In computer talk that means it has a “byte”.
A Swedish man, who was born Alexander Ek, changed his first name in 2014 to 63 words. He now has the world’s longest name. It’s Kim-Jong Sexy Glorious Beast Divine Dick Father Lovely Iron Man Even Unique Poh Un Winn Charlie Ghora Khaos Mehan Hansa Kimmy Humbero Uno Master Over Dance Shake Bouti Bepop Rocksteady Shredder Kung Ulf Road House Gilgamesh Flap Guy Theo Arse Hole Im Yoda Funky Boy Slam Duck Chuck Jorma Jukka Pekka Ryan Super Air Ooy Rusell Salvador Alfons Molgan Akta Papa Long Nameh Ek. What would people call this man for short? I would suggest “Shorty”.