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(Slate)   "What do you buy the children of the terrorist who tried to kill your wife?" Well, kids these days seem to be into My Little Pony and whatever Ben 10 is   ( slate.com) divider line
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2013-09-07 03:12:11 PM  
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2013-09-07 01:46:41 PM  
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Apik0r0s: What's up with a man having a hyphenated name?

In the USA and English Canada, hyphenated names are often assumed by women who marry. In the UK, and the WASP upper or upper middle classes, hyphenated names are often status symbols to remind people of the high social status of your mother's family.

As shown on the Simpsons (Marge's sister) some wome keep the names of their former husbands as well as the latest idiot.

Some men are now hyphenating their names with their wives' names. In Quebec, a complex set of rules was established to promote gender equality. Women often keep their maiden names while the children may bear hyphenated names.

Judging from my family tree, families in colonial America followed the custom of naming at least some of the children with their Mother's maiden name as a middle name, albeit without a hyphen. In Ireland, apparently, there was a really complicated system of naming children after their uncles, aunts, etc. If you knew this system you could make predictions about one generation's names from the last or the next generation. This presumably makes genealogy and also clan records easier to remember without written records.
2013-09-07 07:32:51 PM  
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MythDragon: Why not both?
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Why not indeed.  Ben 10 and Twilight Sparkle as voiced by the same Jewish Canadian MILF.
2013-09-07 03:40:22 PM  
1 vote:
Why not both?
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2013-09-07 02:00:11 PM  
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I am a big fan of cartoons and ten to keep up on what the kids are watching even if I don't.

Ben 10 is a little boy who fights evil thanks to his ability to turn into 10 different aliens (adult aliens, I assume).

He does not turn into 9 kinds, he does not turn in 11 kids. That's why little Ben is called Ben 10. Besides Benton is too old for a little boy.

Somehow his power to turn into aliens has mutated into the power to turn into several cartoon and life action shows with completely different Bens. I assume the producers will stop at ten of these.

I don't watch these shows, but I probably could. They don't seem extra-dumb and trashy.
2013-09-07 01:43:23 PM  
1 vote:
A unibomber style package that will assplode when he does to open it?
2013-09-07 01:42:42 PM  
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Maybe unconnected, but I'm currently reading Ali Soufan's The Black Banners, and it's amazing how well Al Qaeda and other related terrorists respond to simple acts of human kindness...especially from westerners, who they've been told are terrible, evil people.
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