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14th Nov '17 2:35:44 PM WillKeaton
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** In the episode "John Doe", John Doggett finds himself in Mexico with no memory of who he is or how he got there; he finds a tattoo on his arm of his old unit in the Marine Corps, so to get more information he calls the Marine Corps public affairs office, claiming to be a detective who found an amnesiac man matching his description. He looks at a sign inside the phone booth and introduces himself as Detective Ladatel [[note]]Ladatel is a Mexican phone company - the rough equivalent in America would be someone identifying themselves over the phone as Detective Verizon[[/note]].

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** In the episode "John Doe", John Doggett finds himself in Mexico with no memory of who he is or how he got there; he finds a tattoo on his arm of his old unit in the Marine Corps, so to get more information he calls the Marine Corps public affairs office, claiming to be a detective who found an amnesiac man matching his description. He looks at a sign inside the phone booth and introduces himself as Detective Ladatel Ladatel.[[note]]Ladatel is a Mexican phone company - the rough equivalent in America would be someone identifying themselves over the phone as Detective Verizon[[/note]]. Verizon.[[/note]]



* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': Han (played by Jim) has decided to visit a drunk guy he knows who can verify whether or not the "Dagger Bar" exists[[note]]Han actually misheard Luke (played by Corey) when the latter said he must get to Dagobah[[/note]]. When Leia (played by Annie) asks for a name, Han responds, "Orlan... Dough." "Orlando?" the GM asks, leading Han to decide that the name "Lando" is better. Leia then asks where Lando is, Han says that he's on the planet "Orb... o'Spin." The GM asks, "Orbespin?" for verification, and Han once again decides "Bespin" is a better name for the planet.

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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': Han (played by Jim) has decided to visit a drunk guy he knows who can verify whether or not the "Dagger Bar" exists[[note]]Han exists.[[note]]Han actually misheard Luke (played by Corey) when the latter said he must get to Dagobah[[/note]]. Dagobah.[[/note]] When Leia (played by Annie) asks for a name, Han responds, "Orlan... Dough." "Orlando?" the GM asks, leading Han to decide that the name "Lando" is better. Leia then asks where Lando is, Han says that he's on the planet "Orb... o'Spin." The GM asks, "Orbespin?" for verification, and Han once again decides "Bespin" is a better name for the planet.



** Parodied in a Halloween episode, when a witch gave the name of her boyfriend as "George Cauldron" after doing this. Bart and Lisa both laugh at that... and then, at the end of the segment, George shows up at the door. [[note]]George Cauldron is a reference to "George Glass", Jan Brady's alleged boyfriend on ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyBunch''.[[/note]]

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** Parodied in a Halloween episode, when a witch gave the name of her boyfriend as "George Cauldron" after doing this. Bart and Lisa both laugh at that... and then, at the end of the segment, George shows up at the door. [[note]]George Cauldron is a reference to "George Glass", Jan Brady's alleged boyfriend on ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyBunch''.[[/note]]



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has Rigby use this method to come up with his new name[[note]]Having been convinced to change it to two random words after seeing a documentary about a rock band[[/note]]; the first things he sees are a trash can and a painting of a boat, so he goes with Trash Boat.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has Rigby use this method to come up with his new name[[note]]Having name;[[note]]Having been convinced to change it to two random words after seeing a documentary about a rock band[[/note]]; band.[[/note]] the first things he sees are a trash can and a painting of a boat, so he goes with Trash Boat.



*** In the Old Norse society, "Karl" was a title of rank. The highest rank was "Jarl" (pronounced "Yarl" which eventually became "Earl") and "Karl" was the rank below that.[[note]]It became conflated with the European name "Charles" later on, when the Normans arrived in France[[/note]]

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*** In the Old Norse society, "Karl" was a title of rank. The highest rank was "Jarl" (pronounced "Yarl" which eventually became "Earl") and "Karl" was the rank below that.[[note]]It became conflated with the European name "Charles" later on, when the Normans arrived in France[[/note]] France.[[/note]]
14th Nov '17 2:33:28 PM WillKeaton
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** [[spoiler:Kabuto turns out]] to have been named like this too. In his case, he was found wounded and suffering from amnesia after a battle, and he didn't remember his own name. When the people who found him decided to give him a new name, he happened to be wearing a [[spoiler:samurai's helmet]] [[note]]also known as a ''kabuto''[[/note]].

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** [[spoiler:Kabuto turns out]] to have been named like this too. In his case, he was found wounded and suffering from amnesia after a battle, and he didn't remember his own name. When the people who found him decided to give him a new name, he happened to be wearing a [[spoiler:samurai's helmet]] [[note]]also helmet]].[[note]]Also known as a ''kabuto''[[/note]].''kabuto.''[[/note]]
11th Nov '17 6:10:11 AM lilithmercy
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** A lot of the Sherpa who live next to Everest actually have the official surname "Sherpa", as surnames weren't much of an issue until westerners came along and asked what family they belonged to, and not really understanding the concept they said they were the Sherpa, the name of their peoples. Of course now due to publicity of Everest climbs, the term is also used wrongly for basically any South Asian who works as a mountain climber, causing confusion.
24th Oct '17 12:48:08 PM WillyFourEyes
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** Parodied when Gumball is forced to wear a dress to school and tries to convince his classmates that he's a new girl in class. When he tries to come up with a name, the first thing he sees is someone chewing gum, and a ball, takes it back then picks some other random things he sees. So he tells them he's Gumballoopseggwobbleunderpants. When asked where he's from, he says Europe. When pressed for specifics, he's forced to come up with a Line-of-Sight Place. He sees a gum truck and a bald head (making Gumbald), takes it back again, then adds some other stuff to end up saying he's from Gumbaldnowigbattle-axeninja.

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** Parodied in "The Dress" when Gumball is forced to wear a dress to school and tries to convince his classmates that he's a new girl in class. When he tries to come up with a name, the first thing he sees is someone chewing gum, and a ball, takes it back then picks some other random things he sees. So he tells them he's Gumballoopseggwobbleunderpants. When asked where he's from, he says Europe. When pressed for specifics, he's forced to come up with a Line-of-Sight Place. He sees a gum truck and a bald head (making Gumbald), takes it back again, then adds some other stuff to end up saying he's from Gumbaldnowigbattle-axeninja.
18th Oct '17 8:04:16 AM nlpnt
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* The ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' franchise began as a short film ("Ida Makes A Movie"), which led to others being commissioned and the need for a blanket series title. One of the houses used for a lot of the filming was on De Grassi Street in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} and so the name Degrassi was chosen.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' franchise began as a short film ("Ida Makes A Movie"), which led to others being commissioned and the need for a blanket series title. One of the houses used for a lot of the filming was on De Grassi Street in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} and so the name Degrassi was chosen. The spelling variation is due to technical limits; in 1979 Toronto still used stamped street signs which were in all-caps and had a hard character limit before an expensive longer plate was needed (so it appeared as "DEGRASSI ST"), by the time they went to screened ones that allowed mixed-case and the extra space the franchise had long since committed to "Degrassi" as one word.
1st Oct '17 7:07:58 PM hitmonkey
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** Earned a ShoutOut on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' when characters used the pseudonyms "John and Sarah Jane Smith".



** In a subtle ShoutOut in ''WebComic/SkinHorse'', one strip shows a filing cabinet labeled "A-N", implying that the bottom one is "O-Z". (Yes, this was intentional--the comic contains a number of ''Wizard of Oz'' references.)
26th Sep '17 7:10:09 AM RedScharlach
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** [[spoiler:Kabuto turns out]] to have been named like this too. In his case, he was found wounded and suffering from amnesia after a battle, and he didn't remember his own name. When the people who found him decided to give him a new name, he happened to be wearing a [[spoiler:samurai's helmet]] [[note]]also known as a ''kabuto''[[/note]] .

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** [[spoiler:Kabuto turns out]] to have been named like this too. In his case, he was found wounded and suffering from amnesia after a battle, and he didn't remember his own name. When the people who found him decided to give him a new name, he happened to be wearing a [[spoiler:samurai's helmet]] [[note]]also known as a ''kabuto''[[/note]] .''kabuto''[[/note]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'', Lucille names the eponymous 'monster' Francœur after a streetsign in the alleyway where she first meets him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'', Lucille names the eponymous 'monster' Francœur after a streetsign street sign in the alleyway where she first meets him.



* The mermaid from ''Film/{{Splash}}'' takes the human name Madison after a street sign on Madison Avenue. Since ''Splash'' came out, in RealLife, [[TheRedStapler the name Madison has eclipsed Madeline]].

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* The mermaid from ''Film/{{Splash}}'' takes the human name Madison after a street sign on Madison Avenue. Since ''Splash'' came out, in RealLife, [[TheRedStapler the name Madison has eclipsed Madeline]].Madeline]] in popularity.



** The Solomons in are revealed in one episode to have taken their last name off the side of a truck. Harry comments that they could have ended up as the Wal-Marts.

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** The Solomons in are revealed in one episode to have taken their last name off the side of a truck. Harry comments that they could have ended up as the Wal-Marts.
23rd Aug '17 12:26:13 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Literature/{{A Yellow Raft In Blue Water}}'', Rayona gets her name from the tag of her mother's hospital gown (made of Rayon) because Christine [[LastMinuteBabyNaming hadn't put much thought into what she'd call her child]]. This also winds up foreshadowing Christine's parenting style as a whole.

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* In ''Literature/{{A Yellow Raft In Blue Water}}'', Rayona gets her name from the tag of her mother's hospital gown (made of Rayon) because Christine [[LastMinuteBabyNaming hadn't put much thought into what she'd was originally intending on calling the child Ray if it was a boy, but when it turned out to be a girl and Elgin wanted to call her child]]. This also winds up foreshadowing Christine's parenting style as Diane, Christine insisted on Ray and had to find a whole.good feminine form of the name from somewhere.
18th Aug '17 2:17:41 AM shokoshu
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* In this article about [[https://www.cnet.com/special-reports/abyss-creations-ai-sex-robots-headed-to-your-bed-and-heart/ high-tech love dolls]] (you guessed it - a whiff NSFW. But not much) the reporter calls the doll Jackie as he saw a jacket.
7th Aug '17 7:43:27 AM Andyroid
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* In episode 3 of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Homestar attempts to do this to form rhymes when he sings. You must guide Strong Bad to objects that will form an appropriate rhyme when Homestar sings them.

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* In episode 3 ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'': A puzzle in "Baddest of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', the Bands" has Homestar attempts attempt to do this to form rhymes when he sings. You must guide Strong Bad to objects that will form an appropriate rhyme when Homestar sings them.
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