In America, you’re allowed to name your kid something stupid, especially if you’re a celebrity or a Mormon.
In New Zealand, if you try to name your kid something stupid, the government will step in.
A Kiwi couple has been denied the ability to name their kid “4Real.” Because in New Zealand, giving your kid a name that a) contains a number, and b) sounds like the name of a boy band is not allowed. From the article:
Mr Wheaton said he came up with the unlikely moniker after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realising their baby was “for real”.
However, the family has refused to let the law or good taste get in the way of their choice, insisting they will continue to refer to their two-month-old son as 4Real.
In the meantime they plan to officially name him Superman.
“No matter what, its going to stay 4Real,” Mr Wheaton told the New Zealand Herald newspaper, “I’m certainly not a quitter.”
Between this smackdown and Flight of the Conchords, we may have found the perfect place to someday establish our adults-only colony. TBTI Airlines will now have direct flights from JFK to Auckland. First order of business: finding foster parents and a new name for little Superman Wheaton.