Monday links: nuclear hijackers, swimming horses, crazy baby names…

… And more.

To start: the real-life House at Pooh Corner is for sale.

Christopher Robin Milne, the son of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne, grew up in this quaint brick manse in the English countryside…. Known as Cotchford Farm, and on the market for the first time in more than 40 years, the Grade II listed estate spans 9.5 acres of lawns, forest, and streams. The six-bedroom main house, the quintessential English country house if there ever was one, is listed for $3.22M.

But beware the pool — it’s where Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones met his doom.

Next, working with radioactive materials apparently isn’t enough of a rush for some people:

A man who operates reactors at a nuclear power plant was “thrill seeking” when he put on a mask and hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint, DuPage County authorities said Friday.

Michael Buhrman, a senior reactor operator at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking.

The loaded gun and Halloween mask, it seems, were just for style.

Third, Ron Gilbert sends news of what’s happening in our hometown, Santa Barbara: Arabian show horse rescued after swimming three miles into ocean.

This story is stuffed full of Southern California goodness. (1) The horse was on the beach for a photo shoot. (2) His name is Air of Temptation, but his nickname is William. (3) “His owner, Mindy Peters, a movie producer, told Huffington Post that he had never been swimming in his life.” (4) It happened at Loon Point.

Ron writes: “Better get Evan Delaney on the case!” Oh, Ron. Evan would consider this just another day at the beach in Santa Barbara.

And finally: 102 of the Most Unusual Baby Names of 2011. Trew, Moo, Evening? Tron? Gotti? What the hell is wrong with these parents?

8 responses to “Monday links: nuclear hijackers, swimming horses, crazy baby names…

  1. Lewis Black says there should be someone at whatever bureau it is where babies names are registered whose job is to say no. A name like one of these or something like Mr. Jackson’s son, Jermajesty comes across their desk and they say no, not happening and send it back.

  2. Doesn’t Australia have something like that? I am guessing Eh is a Canadian popular name?

  3. In my more draconian moments, I think prospective parents should have to pass a naming exam and be licensed to name their offspring. France has had some pretty strict rules about naming babies. Here’s a story about a family that has fallen afoul of them: http://livinginfrance.mon-coach-langues.com/post/2011/12/02/What-s-in-a-Name-French-Couple-to-Stand-Before-Judge-for-Poor-Name-Choice.

  4. And I think I have finally deciphered the name KDYNCE (given to 5 babies in the USA last year). I think it’s pronounced “Cadence.”

  5. Thank you, Text-lish, for that. Meg, don’t you have a daughter named K8?

  6. My cat is named “Stanlee”. (5 boys named category)
    Er… our “Stanlee” is a girl. I know, we’re such pigs.

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