I'm not much of a gambler, but if I ever find myself in a situation where I'm so sure of my outcome that I'm willing to make a high-stakes bet on it, I'm sticking to cash. Because while it hurts to empty your wallet when luck isn't in your favor, it's not as bad as, say, having to legally change your name.
A 22-year-old New Zealander made a terrible, no-good, very bad, very DRUNK poker bet, which has resulted in what is surely the most ridiculous-sounding name ever filed with the Department of Internal Affairs: Births, Deaths, and Marriages. This happened five years ago, but it was finally accepted last week when his passport expired. The poor guy can eventually pay to change it back, but in the meantime, you are going to die when you hear the 99-character moniker his creative "friends" chose for him.
Introducing ... Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.
Perhaps you're wondering if a New Zealand state sector organization really did approve this name, which is just one character shy of the legal limit. Well, according to someone who claims to know Mr. Frostnova, the answer is yes:
A DIA spokesperson has confirmed that the name was registered in March of 2010. Frostnova is probably getting over his hangover right about now, so we can probably assume he'll be filing the paperwork to change it back ... although tragically, it'll take three years to fix.
As far as incredibly ill-advised gambles go, adopting the name Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova might just take the cake, but it's amusing to compare and contrast to a few other notable bets gone wrong. For instance, the man who lost a bet against his brother and had to dance at a street corner in Provo, Utah for half an hour "to whatever music the other chose":
Or the girl who had to swallow a live goldfish:
Or this man whose lost sports wager resulting in having a rather interesting shape shaved into his head:
In conclusion, "know when to walk away ... know when to run."
What would you rather bet: a penis head-shave, fish gulp, street dance, or insane name adoption? Personally, I think the dancing guy looked like he had the most fun by far.
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