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Larry Ashmead

Bertha Venation: And Hundreds of Other Funny Names of Real People


This is a passionate book editor's compilation of amazing names of real people, with helpful commentary and wise advice. Though probably considered extremely juvenile, most of us have a fascination with weird and wonderful names and when they happen to be of real people and real places it is even better. So we're used to Ben Dover and Ann Other (a favourite of banks everywhere) but how do we react when faced with the name Bertha Venation? Or Nosmo King? Or the surgeon Dr De'ath? With chapters full of interesting stories and anecdotes about strange celebrity names, really long and meaningless names and even the weirdest names in sports, this book is for trivia lovers everywhere.

Meet Celebrities' children: Moon Unit Zappa (Frank and Gail Zappa); Daisy Boo Oliver (James and Jules Oliver); Zowie Bowie (David and Angie Bowie). Marriages made in heaven: Barbara Fatt and Bill Heavy met, fell in love and married. They named their twin boys Lemon Jello and Orange Jello (this is true, but in the US).

Shortened names: If Christ Had Not Died For Thee Thou Wouldst Have Been Damned Barebones...was shortened to just plain Damned Barebones (also true).

Format: Hardcover
Published: in UK in 2007
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Pages: 208
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781861977175
ISBN 10: 1861977174

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Bertha Venation: And Hundreds of Other Funny Names of Real People