Friday, March 26, 2010

2010 NOTY: Bulltron Regional, Part 3

Yes, we intentionally paired No. 6 Stalin Felipe and No. 11 Hitler Makofane. Can you blame us? But the possibility of a Hitler-Hannukkah second-round smackdown? We honestly didn't notice until it was pointed out. History just happens.

And what's up anyway with Hannukkah Wallace, a Jamaican bobsledder (and former sprinter) who, sadly, failed to qualify for the Vancouver Games? The AP investigates:

His mother was pregnant with him and working at a jewelry store at the airport in Kingston. A tourist suggested "Hanukkah" for her soon-to-be-born son's name. Somehow, the extra "n" got into the mix, for reasons that Wallace never understood.

Of course, that doesn't explain why mom took the tourist's suggestion. But there may be a simple cultural reason. According to a lengthy and interesting Hannukkah-prompted discussion on Language Log, a blog affiliated with the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamaicans are pretty laissez faire namers. (Usain, anyone?) Bonus detail: One commenter said her husband trained with Hannukkah and "did not know if Hanukkah [sic] was Jewish, but he pronounced it "Ha-NOO-kuh."

Baruch atah Adonai. The contestants:

No. 3 Hannukkah Wallace: See above.
No. 14 Cynnamon Crabb: Wife of Iowa copper thief.
No. 6 Stalin Felipe: Falsely accused Hofstra student. (Don't be afraid to use your cellphone video camera!)
No. 11 Hitler Makofane: South African soccer player.