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  1. Normally this sort of conversation would be the wife being secretly expecting and floating possible baby names past the husband. Heck, their existing daughter is named “Cookie” as it is. One wonders how Alexander got away without being called “Pastrami on Rye” or something. But it’s just Blondie, and so we have Blondie making a non-sequitur just to set up the punchline – Dagwood loves food, dontcha know.

  2. Wasn’t Alexander originally called Baby Dumpling?

    Indeed. The time when the kids were little was before my time of reading it, so I don’t know how they aged to their current teen form.

  3. One old “find your stripper name” test asked you to combine the name of your first pet with that of the ‘stree’t you lived on as a child. I found it hard to believe anyone would pay to see me stripping as Tippy Ruralrouteone.

  4. Thanks for the LOL, Shrug. Looking up Blondie, I was amazed to find that Dagwood “was originally heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune but was disowned when he married Blondie née Boopadoop, … The name of … Cookie was chosen by readers in a national contest.”

  5. I heard of someone named Mary who married a man whose last name was Christmas. And then there was a well-known political activist in Boston named Smoki Bacon.

  6. I was gonna say, wasn’t Blondie originally written as a hoochie coochie dancer herself, which is just about adjacent to stripping, anyway?

  7. @ Brian – “The time when the kids were little was before my time of reading…
    It may have even been before your parents could read: the strip will be turning 90 later this year.

  8. Long before the “porn star name” thing (Sugar Forest, by the way), there were jokes where a plausible first name and last name formed some sort of pun or double entendre (e.g., “Ben Dover” and various more risque examples). Similarly, I remember a local radio station that had an oldies show on saturday mornings hosted by “Chuck Roast” (who clearly was one of the regular DJs). When the DJ who was “Chuck Roast” was on vacation, a female DJ filled in for him under the pseudonym “Barbie Q. Roast.” Then there was “Holly Wood”: a young female TV reporter (maybe that was her real name, but people found it entertaining). And I then there was the whole funny name for a helicopter traffic reporter name (e.g., “Dusty Rhodes,” “Lane Closure”).

    So what’s the joke here? Blondie thinks of the name “Candy Apple” and thinks its cute/funny and wants to see Dagwood’s reaction. Dagwood doesn’t believe it’s a real name, but it does make the seemingly insatiable Dagwood hungry for actual candy apples (something frequently found at state and county fairs).

  9. I remember a MAD bit, “Suppose Maura Kennedy married Herman Loess. She’d be” etc. My favorite was the Vietnamese detective Ngoc Liu.

  10. There’s also the “happy anniversary” bit — “Happy anniversary today to the Rex family, Oedipus and Tyrannosaurus.”

  11. SingaporeBill, I once knew a stripper (in San Bernardino) who was a really nice person. I’m not saying that’s universally true, but at the time I would have been happy to call her a girlfriend. Her job was just what she had to do to get by. (And I have no idea who Nicky Duvernet is/was.)

    zookeeper: I guess those depend on how one pronounces them.

  12. I just feel sorry for kids who’s parents gave them names like that. I knew a boy named Nick Jolly and a girl named Valentine Heart when I was growing up. A friend of a friend (really) named their kid Dakota North, and I bowled in a league with a man who went by Dick Upright. (I assume his name was Richard. He’s old enough to have been part of the generation where that was a usual nickname.) I’ve heard about others, and they are fun as jokes, but I can’t imagine being stuck with a name like that.

    The weatherperson or traffic person or radio/tv host with oddly appropriate names I assume are usually stage names and not their actual names, though I guess a few could have just been lucky.

    My brother Scott jokes about him and his wife changing their last name to Evil, as she’s a veterinarian. Then they’d be Dr. Evil and Scott Evil. He wants her to open the Evil Animal Clinic.

  13. @ Wendy – German birth certificates have to pass through a registrar’s office, which is partly to make sure that the name would not endanger the child. In addition to preventing silly inventions, another requirement says that if you use an indeterminate first name (like “Robin”), then one of the other given names has to have a recognizable gender.
    P.S. A German network used to have a weatherman named “Wettervogel” (literally: “weather-bird”), but it turns out that your guess was correct: his real name was just “Vogel”, he had added the “weather” part himself.

  14. Boise Ed: I know one woman who worked as a stripper for a while and I think she’s great. I’d be happy to spend with her, but would not get involved with her. However, she is train wreck. Or was. She’s finally on a really good path, albeit she’s just turned 40, so it’s taken the better part of two decades. And she wasn’t in it that long. Other stories from friends or family who have been involved with strippers as girlfriends or spouses are horrifying. Nobody is stripping their way through medical school, no matter what you see on TV.

  15. Have I ever mentioned the hippies that my midwife girlfriend worked for who named they kid Yodah? I think that’s how they spelled it. Said it was an Indian name. They said it wouldn’t be a problem (this was in the 90s) because by the time he was old enough to go to school, everybody would have forgotten the Star Wars movies anyway.

  16. Well, if Yodah was a girl and grew up and married John Lahey the Second, well, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen and we don’t end up with Yodah Lahey 2. I’m not even going to try to rewrite that with Yoda grammar.

  17. @ SingaporeBill – “…it was an Indian name…wouldn’t be a problem…
    My mom had some neighbors from India; when they were about to have a kid, they mentioned that they were considering “Anal” as a first name. I have no idea whether it was supposed to be for a boy or a girl, but my mom explained to them why it would be a bad idea to us that name in America.

  18. @ MiB – As bad as that pun is, it would be even worse his exact generation were not known. In that case people would have to ask, “Yodah Lahey who?” ;-]

  19. “she’s great. I’d be happy to spend with her,

    Like dollar bills?”

    “Spend” in its 17th and 18th century meaning.

  20. Kilby, I found out recently that in Cambodia, the word “Joy” is the F-word. The woman who related that tidbit was named Joy. When she visited Cambodia, she had to adopt a pseudonym. I can only imagine the discussion as the immigration and customs officer inspected her passport. Oh, and in India (I don’t know which of their many languages), “Ursula” is “cockroach.”

  21. Parents think they have some control over this name thing.

    (RUDE LANGUAGE WARNING!)

    A friend of ours was absolutely paranoid about giving her son a name that lends itself to unfortunate nicknames or diminutives. Seriously, I have never seen anybody agonize so much.

    She finally determined that Dylan was a safe choice.

    Then when he was 4 or 5 all his friends, having of course no idea this was anything but a funny-sounding nickname, began calling him nothing but Dildo.

  22. A girl I grew up with, who was born the day before Christmas, was given the first and middle names Natasha Star.

    (The really funny part was, they were Jewish)

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