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October 23, 2004

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Making the Big Move

From Slate’s “Today’s Papers” this morning:

The Washington Post leads with the lack of any hard evidence that, as previously feared, terrorists are plotting an attack around Election Day. The New York Times leads with Ohio GOP officials dispatching 3,600 recruits to polling places—many in “heavily Democratic urban neighborhoods”—to challenge voters they suspect to be ineligible. Somewhat peculiarly, the Los Angeles Times leads with the Mongolia government’s initiative to give surnames to its citizens, who have long used only their first names.

Yo, I think you mean “somewhat awesomely”! Check this ouuut!

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia School principal Baast chose the name “Nomad” in keeping with his wandering spirit. Defense Minister Gurragchaa the only Mongolian to venture into space settled on “Cosmos.” And anthropology student Vanchigdash picked the Mongolian word for wisdom. “It makes me feel rather wise,” he said. “I’m very proud of my new name.”

How can you not love that?

If I was a Mongolian, I’d choose “Prime” for my last name.

P.S. My traditional Mongolian first name would be “Optimus.”

Posted October 23, 2004 at 12:59 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Society/Culture


I saw that in TP and had the same reaction: what an awesome story. I'm Matteo de Medici and I approve this message.

Posted by: Matt on October 23, 2004 at 01:23 PM

Yeah, I'm all about this pick a name thing. "Luscious N. Delicious" is already taken, and I really kind of like "Gavin," but I think I'll be changing my last name to "Hammer of the Gods."

--Mr. Hammer

Posted by: Gavin on October 24, 2004 at 07:20 PM
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