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2014-04-23 06:20:52 AM
my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers
 
2014-04-23 06:25:30 AM
Why is Isabella so popular? Is there some kind of pop culture thing I'm not getting?
 
2014-04-23 06:26:23 AM
And Jennifer had a really solid run there in the 70s.

I knew a few Jennifers when I was growing up. They were all very pretty. I hardly ever meet any Jennifers today, though. It's kind of strange. Maybe they all disappeared.
 
2014-04-23 08:06:19 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Why is Isabella so popular? Is there some kind of pop culture thing I'm not getting?


Yeah, the Isabella and Sophia thing is interesting.
 
2014-04-23 08:09:28 AM
I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.
 
2014-04-23 08:19:02 AM
CSB: I dated a Jessica that has regularly been miscalled Jennifer.
 
2014-04-23 08:21:19 AM

INeedAName: I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.


She prayed like Roman with her eyes on fire?
 
2014-04-23 08:27:20 AM
There's a few more out there than this, but I suppose it was only one school:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nN_5kkYR6k
 
2014-04-23 08:29:17 AM

INeedAName: I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.


I briefly dated a girl - not a Jennifer, sadly - who I should have nicknamed Marcus Crassus, because she went down hard and didn't mind taking liquid gold down the throat.
 
2014-04-23 08:43:45 AM
Took a look, dropped my books, Jenifa, oh Jenny

three feet high and risin'
 
2014-04-23 08:53:35 AM
My company has around 40 people and six Jennifers. We had to move from f­irst­name[nospam-﹫-backwards]p­roc­*co­m to f­i­r­stname­*l­astnam­e[nospam-﹫-backwards]proc*com at around our 15th employee because we'd run out of "Jennifer" nicknames.
 
2014-04-23 09:00:08 AM
I dated a Jennifer once.  She was a farking idiot.
 
2014-04-23 09:00:41 AM
I do not know a single guy of my generation that did not date a Jennifer.  Each girl beautiful and each one mentally unhinged.  Though I guess other people's milage may have varied there.
 
2014-04-23 09:01:08 AM

Majick Thise: my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers


Actually, the weird thing is that people reach these homogenous conclusions independently.

Thus we wind up with clusters of names for no apparent reason. If my theory is correct, it's the zeitgeist at work and proof that the epiphenomenon of the mind is not limited to the neuron:body relationship but also exists in different orders of magnitude and would open the door to all kinds of re-examination of basic assumptions of what it means to exist in Western philosophy.

Or people are just tards and pick up names from the TV.
 
2014-04-23 09:17:22 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I hardly ever meet any Jennifers today, though. It's kind of strange. Maybe they all disappeared.


Call: 867-5309

/you're welcome
 
2014-04-23 09:17:47 AM

Saiga410: I do not know a single guy of my generation that did not date a Jennifer.  Each girl beautiful and each one mentally unhinged.  Though I guess other people's milage may have varied there.


Nope, that sounds exactly right.
 
2014-04-23 09:21:46 AM
We have an outbreak of northern Avas! Quick, get the spray!
 
2014-04-23 09:26:09 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: INeedAName: I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.

She prayed like Roman with her eyes on fire?


You're thinking of Josie.
 
2014-04-23 09:26:11 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Why is Isabella so popular? Is there some kind of pop culture thing I'm not getting?


Twilight.
 
2014-04-23 09:29:47 AM
I expected more "Shaniqua" out of Mississippi.
 
2014-04-23 09:45:47 AM

Son of Thunder: AverageAmericanGuy: Why is Isabella so popular? Is there some kind of pop culture thing I'm not getting?

Twilight.


What does a pony have to do with Isabella?
 
2014-04-23 09:50:27 AM
Here's a site listing the rise and decline of almost any baby name over decades.

http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#

Worth browsing through.
 
2014-04-23 10:01:29 AM

UNC_Samurai: INeedAName: I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.

I briefly dated a girl - not a Jennifer, sadly - who I should have nicknamed Marcus Crassus, because she went down hard and didn't mind taking liquid gold down the throat.


Find one who doesn't mind taking it on top of her head and nickname her Viserys
 
2014-04-23 10:08:38 AM
I married a Jennifer. Divorced the crazy biatch then married a Jessica whose sister is a Jennifer.
 
2014-04-23 10:15:08 AM
All 27 of them?
 
2014-04-23 10:16:05 AM
Married to a Jennifer.  Dated at least 3-4 different Jennifers before her.
 
2014-04-23 10:19:37 AM

doglover: Majick Thise: my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers

Actually, the weird thing is that people reach these homogenous conclusions independently.

Thus we wind up with clusters of names for no apparent reason. If my theory is correct, it's the zeitgeist at work and proof that the epiphenomenon of the mind is not limited to the neuron:body relationship but also exists in different orders of magnitude and would open the door to all kinds of re-examination of basic assumptions of what it means to exist in Western philosophy.

Or people are just tards and pick up names from the TV.


Isn't the point of calling something epiphenomenal to point out that it has no effects? With that said much like the mind body debate it's much simpler to say it's all neurons than to posit some realm of mental objects, in this case it's much simpler to assume similar people will name their kids similar things given similar input than to posit some pan-humanity mind-type thing.
 
2014-04-23 10:32:45 AM

ChrisDe: Tyrone Slothrop: INeedAName: I dated a girl named Jennifer. Damn, could that girl 'rise and fall' if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Because she was a Roman emperor.

She prayed like Roman with her eyes on fire?

You're thinking of Josie.


Josie's got a gun! What did her daddy doooo?
 
2014-04-23 10:34:53 AM
img88.imageshack.us
 
2014-04-23 10:38:03 AM
I was born in the 70s and every third girl in my class was named Jennifer.
 
2014-04-23 10:40:17 AM

DrVoice: My company has around 40 people and six Jennifers. We had to move from firstname to firstname.lastname at around our 15th employee because we'd run out of "Jennifer" nicknames.


More people but a similar phenomenon here. Out of the Gen-Xers here, Amy and Jennifer dominate women's names (closely followed by Sarah and Susan) and Brian and Mark dominate men's names. I remember growing up with a lot of Kellys as well but maybe that was a more region-based since it doesn't seem to be near as common as the others names now.
 
2014-04-23 10:41:44 AM
Did it seem to anyone else that the new name trends seemed to start in Kentucky and Tennessee?
 
2014-04-23 10:44:51 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I knew a few Jennifers when I was growing up. They were all very pretty. I hardly ever meet any Jennifers today, though. It's kind of strange. Maybe they all disappeared.


Most Jennifers were concentrated into special camps as a final solution.  MSM doesn't discuss it very much.
 
2014-04-23 11:04:06 AM
I am Jennifer the Eighth, I am.
Jennifer the Eighth, I am, I am.
 
2014-04-23 11:20:59 AM

Muta: Did it seem to anyone else that the new name trends seemed to start in Kentucky and Tennessee?


No, it went to damn fast.
 
2014-04-23 11:39:23 AM
Madison? Isabella? Those are horrible names.
 
2014-04-23 11:39:44 AM

DrVoice: My company has around 40 people and six Jennifers. We had to move from firstname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]proc[* image 7x13]com to firstname[* image 7x13]lastname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]proc[* image 7x13]com at around our 15th employee because we'd run out of "Jennifer" nicknames.


Not that this is directly related to the Jennifer thing, but I remember I worked for a small company with a little emperor IT manager who insisted his inane policies be followed no matter what.

We had maybe 15 employees. He insisted that everyone have three letter usernames - but not even "first-middle-last initial". No, it was "first two letters of first name, first letter of last name".

Except that this caused name collisions. In a 15 person company. So the conflict resolution policy was "first letter of first name, second or third (or fourth...) letter of first name, first letter of last name".

When I was hired on to run the network, I suggested we switch over to "first initial-last name" naming, which would have no conflicts. Nope. We had to keep the wierd name thing, but I was allowed to make email aliases for everyone at least.
 
2014-04-23 11:41:11 AM

doglover: Majick Thise: my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers

Actually, the weird thing is that people reach these homogenous conclusions independently.

Thus we wind up with clusters of names for no apparent reason. If my theory is correct, it's the zeitgeist at work and proof that the epiphenomenon of the mind is not limited to the neuron:body relationship but also exists in different orders of magnitude and would open the door to all kinds of re-examination of basic assumptions of what it means to exist in Western philosophy.

Or people are just tards and pick up names from the TV.


for years I thought about naming a daughter Sophia. My reasoning is that as a little girl she could have a cute girly name of Sophie, and then when as an adult when she wants to be a CEO or something serious, she can be Sophia. Elegant and means wisdom, classical without being TOO weird, but then somehow it just got popular and my plan was shot all to hell. Not like I'll have much say, I assume my wife wants to give an Indian name.
 
2014-04-23 11:44:25 AM

naughtyrev: AverageAmericanGuy: Why is Isabella so popular? Is there some kind of pop culture thing I'm not getting?

Yeah, the Isabella and Sophia thing is interesting.



We have a friend whose daughters are named Isabella & Sophia so I'm getting a kick.....
 
2014-04-23 12:03:51 PM

Fano: doglover: Majick Thise: my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers

Actually, the weird thing is that people reach these homogenous conclusions independently.

Thus we wind up with clusters of names for no apparent reason. If my theory is correct, it's the zeitgeist at work and proof that the epiphenomenon of the mind is not limited to the neuron:body relationship but also exists in different orders of magnitude and would open the door to all kinds of re-examination of basic assumptions of what it means to exist in Western philosophy.

Or people are just tards and pick up names from the TV.

for years I thought about naming a daughter Sophia. My reasoning is that as a little girl she could have a cute girly name of Sophie, and then when as an adult when she wants to be a CEO or something serious, she can be Sophia. Elegant and means wisdom, classical without being TOO weird, but then somehow it just got popular and my plan was shot all to hell. Not like I'll have much say, I assume my wife wants to give an Indian name.


You should ask Two-Dogs-Farking how that works out.

/I have a 50/50 chance of being merely highly racist, or truly terribly racist!
 
2014-04-23 12:08:27 PM

Saiga410: I do not know a single guy of my generation that did not date a Jennifer.  Each girl beautiful and each one mentally unhinged.  Though I guess other people's mileage may have varied there.


This is true!!!!
 
2014-04-23 12:19:24 PM
This is my favorite animated GIF on the subject of Jennifer:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-23 12:22:22 PM

Fano: Not like I'll have much say, I assume my wife wants to give an Indian name.


Liz Warren Fano does have a ring to it

/yes it is a dead joke and needs to be two tabs over.
 
2014-04-23 12:34:33 PM

Saiga410: I do not know a single guy of my generation that did not date a Jennifer.  Each girl beautiful and each one mentally unhinged.  Though I guess other people's milage may have varied there.


Guess that explains my ex-SIL.
 
2014-04-23 12:34:34 PM

Lord Dimwit: DrVoice: My company has around 40 people and six Jennifers. We had to move from firstname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]proc[* image 7x13]com to firstname[* image 7x13]lastname[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]proc[* image 7x13]com at around our 15th employee because we'd run out of "Jennifer" nicknames.

Not that this is directly related to the Jennifer thing, but I remember I worked for a small company with a little emperor IT manager who insisted his inane policies be followed no matter what.

We had maybe 15 employees. He insisted that everyone have three letter usernames - but not even "first-middle-last initial". No, it was "first two letters of first name, first letter of last name".

Except that this caused name collisions. In a 15 person company. So the conflict resolution policy was "first letter of first name, second or third (or fourth...) letter of first name, first letter of last name".

When I was hired on to run the network, I suggested we switch over to "first initial-last name" naming, which would have no conflicts. Nope. We had to keep the wierd name thing, but I was allowed to make email aliases for everyone at least.


My college (mid-90s) had a similar scheme.  Your email address was first initial + middle initial + first four letters of your last name.  So Jennifer Anne Smith would be jasmit.  If you were missing any data, it was padded with an "x".  So Alan Charles Lee became "acleex".

That became interesting sometimes - there was a woman there when I was in school named Michelle O.  No middle name.  Her email address was mxoxxx.
 
2014-04-23 01:08:26 PM

DjangoStonereaver: This is my favorite animated GIF on the subject of Jennifer:


Isn't she due for the fark backlash to begin?
 
2014-04-23 01:09:20 PM
DISAPPOINTED!!!! I thought this was going to be about Jenny, the GIFFY girl.
 
2014-04-23 01:14:48 PM
I knew somebody who went to Stanford who told me their email policy was as follows: You could pick any email handle you wanted, as long as it wasn't already used, but  you could never change it for any reason, and that was your Stanford email address for life.  So there were full professors who 20 years ago picked something cutesy/sexual suggestive/just plain dumb when they were freshmen at the college and couldn't change it.
 
2014-04-23 01:33:23 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: Fano: doglover: Majick Thise: my my aren't we all just a little bunch of followers

Actually, the weird thing is that people reach these homogenous conclusions independently.

Thus we wind up with clusters of names for no apparent reason. If my theory is correct, it's the zeitgeist at work and proof that the epiphenomenon of the mind is not limited to the neuron:body relationship but also exists in different orders of magnitude and would open the door to all kinds of re-examination of basic assumptions of what it means to exist in Western philosophy.

Or people are just tards and pick up names from the TV.

for years I thought about naming a daughter Sophia. My reasoning is that as a little girl she could have a cute girly name of Sophie, and then when as an adult when she wants to be a CEO or something serious, she can be Sophia. Elegant and means wisdom, classical without being TOO weird, but then somehow it just got popular and my plan was shot all to hell. Not like I'll have much say, I assume my wife wants to give an Indian name.

You should ask Two-Dogs-Farking how that works out.

/I have a 50/50 chance of being merely highly racist, or truly terribly racist!


More like sweet Babou
 
2014-04-23 02:15:25 PM
I dated two Jennifers in a row.
/LSB
 
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