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If you’re not making ridiculous bets with your friends during a game of poker, you might as well not even play. I lost a bet one time and had to run through a thunderstorm holding a golf club, but then again, I’m a dumbass sometimes, so it’s okay. However, I would never agree to let my friends have the ability to legally change my name.
Five years ago, a New Zealand man lost a bet with his poker buddies, who had his name changed to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.” Mr. Frostnova didn’t realize until last week that the name request actually went through. He went to renew his passport–I’m sure was quite a surprise for him. The 99 characters in his name falls within the legal limit of 100 characters, which was set by the Department of Internal Affairs (although, I’m sure they never expected anyone to actually get that close to 100 characters).
Apparently, getting ridiculous name change requests is commonplace in New Zealand, as courts have ruled that people could not get their names changed to “Knight,” “King,” “Majesty,” “Princess,” “Justice,” “Anal,” “89,” “Mafia No Fear,” “V8,” “Lucifer,” “Full Stop,” or “*.” The same courts also ruled that a girl whose legal name is “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii” must be changed to something less ridiculous. Unfortunately for Mr. Frostnova, the courts ruled that his name change request was not quite ridiculous enough to deny. He can get his name changed back to what it originally was for $127 (NZD), but there is no way his given name was more entertaining than what it is now.
[via The Telegraph]