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Monday, October 11, 2004

Tax Man, Not Kryptonite, Stops Superman in His Tracks

Superman Cartoon CharacterFrom the Where Does He Find This Stuff File (via

Swedish authorities have turned down a request by two parents to register Superman as a name for their child.

The parents wanted their son to be named after the cartoon superhero because they say he was born with one arm pointing upwards, the position Superman flies in.

The local tax authorities said "no," arguing the name could lead to the boy being subjected to ridicule in later life.

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True story--In my kindergarten class, there was a kid whose real name was Robin Hood.

Posted by: Stuart Levine | Oct 11, 2004 4:34:47 AM

So is the child now "Clark Kent Anderson"?

Posted by: Joe Kristan | Oct 11, 2004 4:41:28 AM

This was too good to pass up. See

Posted by: Jim Maule | Oct 11, 2004 10:51:27 AM