I'm trying to decide if Tyler Gold is the coolest guy alive or one of the dumbest. Well, the man formerly known as Tyler Gold that is. The Nebraska resident walked into a court and got permission to legally change his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
If you're picturing a 5-year-old clutching a plastic model of a creature that's been dead for millions of years, stop. Mr. Tyrannosaurus Rex is 23 years old. And just wait until you hear why he took on the monstrous moniker.
Gold claimed to the judge that "an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable." Yes. It certainly is. Recognizable that is.
And who doesn't want to be recognized? There's a certain thrill that goes up and down your spine when someone spots you on the street and knows it's YOU! Hey you!
But there's being recognized. And then there's being RECOGNIZED (insert eyeroll here). You know what I'm saying?
Basically, the difference between being recognized as Tyler in business and being recognized as Tyrannosaurus is the difference between wearing a pantsuit in the boardroom or a Wonder Woman costume. Which one would you hire? Yeah. I'm going pantsuit all the way.
I certainly give him kudos for having the chutzpah to be different. But unless his intended profession is as children's party entertainer, I'm going to go ahead and guess this name change is not exactly going to bring in the phone calls from clients. But that's just me. I live in 2012, not the Cretaceous Period.
What would you do if you heard your new doctor/lawyer/baker was named Tyrannosaurus Rex?
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