I’m afraid you’re finito, Benito!

November 28, 2008

From Italy comes news that a right-wing party is offering money to parents who name their babies after wartime fascist dictator Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele, saying their names are under threat.

Well, it’s about time for such incentives! There are some perfectly nice names out there that shouldn’t disappear just because of one bad apple!

It’s time to save some of the others, too. These days, you hardly ever run into an Adolf or Attila or Vlad the Impaler. Would it kill some proud parents to raise a baby Pol Pot?

“Don’t you sass your Mama, Little Pontius!”

“Rasputin, honey, you EAT that baloney sandwich!”

“Ivan the Terrible, get that finger out of your nose this minute!”

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Above: Waxwork of Adolf Hitler at Berlin’s Madame Tussauds.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files

Below: Fascists salute coffin of Romano Mussolini, last surviving child of dictator Benito Mussolini, during his 2006 funeral in Rome.  REUTERS/ Darrin Zammit Lupi

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You know…I mulled over the idea of Hannibal Lecter…but it turns out I’m pregnant with a girl.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

So then it’s going to be little Lizzie Borden?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Actually, I wanted to go for something a little more classy…maybe Elizabeth Bathory…of course…we’ll probably end up naming her something that won’t strike fear into the hearts of people…like “Zoe”. Such is life.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

First photo: “Unbeknownst to Adolf…his comb-over wasn’t fooling anyone.”

Second photo: “Who wants ice cream?”

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Actually “Attila” is still a very common Hungarian name. Not so common in english speaking countries, but neither is “Laszlo” (my name)

Posted by Laszlo | Report as abusive

Well
Attila is also a fairly common Turish name

Posted by Crazyturk | Report as abusive

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[…] I’m afraid you’re finito, Benito! These days, you hardly ever run into an Adolf or an Attila or a Vlad the Impaler. Would it kill some proud parents to raise a baby Pontius or Pol Pot? […]

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