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Claim: Crude 'funny name' appears on Hurricane Katrina survivor list.
Origins: Two of the oldest and crudest 'funny name' gags are to call switchboard operators and ask them to page a "Mike Hunt," and to give out one's name to the media as some variant of "Heywood Jablome." (A previous instance of the latter is covered in our
Humor never completely disappears, even in the wake of disaster, as evidenced by a reappearance of
We don't know whether some prankster actually represented himself as "Hayward J. Ablohmie" or whether someone connected with CNN jokingly added the name to the list before it was posted, but
Last updated: 2 September 2005
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