It’s a weird world


FRIDAY: An Italian court has ruled that a couple could not name their son “Friday” and ordered that he instead be called Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born on.


“I think it is ridiculous they

even opened a case about it,” the family’s lawyer, Paola Rossi, told Reuters by telephone from the northern city of Genoa on Tuesday.


Friday/Gregory Germano was born in Genoa 15 months ago. The parents registered him as Friday in the city hall and a priest even baptised him as Friday — unusual in Italy since many priests insist that first names be of Christian origin.


“We named him Friday because we like the sound of the name. Even if it would have been a girl, we would have named her Friday,” the boy’s mother, Mara Germano, told Reuters.


When the boy was about five months old, a city hall clerk brought the odd name to the attention of a tribunal, which informed the couple of an administrative norm which bars parents from giving “ridiculous or shameful” first names to children.


The tribunal said it was protecting the child from being the butt of jokes and added that it believed the name would hinder him from developing “serene interpersonal relationships.”


The Germano family appealed but lost their case this month and the story was carried on the front page of a national newspaper Tuesday.


When ordered to change the name, the parents refused and the court ruled the boy would be legally registered as Gregory because he was born on that saint’s feast day.


“I really doubt this would have happened to the child of parents who are rich and famous,” the boy’s mother told Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their children unorthodox names such as “Ocean” or “Chanel.” — Reuters.



NAUGHTY: Santa Claus says that a woman who sat on his lap was naughty, not nice. A Santa at the Danbury Fair mall said the woman groped him. “The security officer at the mall said Santa Claus has been sexually assaulted,” police Detective Lt Thomas Michael said of the weekend complaint.


Sandrama Lamy (33) of Danbury, was charged with sexual assault and breach of peace. She was released on a promise to appear in court on January 3.


Police quickly found and identified Lamy because the woman was described as being on crutches, said Captain Bob Myles.


Police did not give the name of the disconcerted Santa, but they said he is 65 and felt badly because children were waiting to see him. “He was apparently shocked and embarrassed by the whole incident,” Myles said. — AP.



STOLE: An Indian holy man is recovering in hospital after two men cut off his ‘magical’ right leg and ran off with it.


Yanadi Kondaiah (80) claimed those who touched his leg would be cured of illness or have wishes granted.


But the Hindu’s claims appear to have backfired, after two strangers plied him with alcohol, then cut off his leg with a sickle.Police said Kondaiah,who lives in a village near the city of Tirupati, was approached by two men who asked him to help them with his magical powers.


Local police sub-Inspector Pendakanti Dastgiri said: “They took him to a deserted spot in the outskirts of the village. After the old man had passed out under the influence of liquor, they cut off his right leg from the knee.” The victim was then left alone, bleeding heavily, until he was found by passing villagers and taken to hospital.


“This seems to be a case of superstition. The two people might have taken away the leg hoping to benefit from its magical powers,” added Dastgiri. — Ananova.com

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