I stumbled across this article from Ben Rehder on Facebook. It sounded familiar.

I received an emailed pitch this morning from “an established, full service book publishing and book marketing publisher with global distribution and rights to help support book sales.” I googled the address they provided in the email and found their office:

Anyone remember Department of ProtoBioCybernetics and ProtoBioSemiotics of Origin of Life Science Foundation, Inc.?

Just a reminder that you can call your house anything you want. Why settle for “Bide-A-Wee”, or nothing at all, when you can christen your home “The Upper Midwestern Institute for the Accelerated Evolutionary Advancement of Cephalopods”? Well, you can’t use that name. It’s taken already.


  1. davidnangle says

    I can guess that the occupants voted to make a billionaire richer off of themselves.

  2. blf says

    you can call your house anything you want

    The mildly deranged penguin grooms a few snails, herrings, drops of vin, and crumbs of cheese (the latter two subatomic-sized) out of her feathered tuxedo, and now wants to name the lair Cheese Eaten Really Nattily. Whilst she doesn’t, usually, glow in the dark, she does like running around in circles really fast, is unaccustomed to gravity, and tends to bang into things, often with “explosive” results. She is also now claiming to have collided with herself a few times, and she certainly seems to be heavily entangled (at the moment, with the power lead to the comp……

  3. says

    Hmm. Got to think about this.. Do I want to go with a superhero themed name, or a supervillian one, or maybe something involving shape shifters… I have always had a thing for shape shifters. Maybe the North American Elven Enclave, to go with my watching a lot of Critical Role the last year or so? Or, maybe just some random gibberish, generated by a gibberish maker online, to really confuse people. Naming my house sounds like fun. lol

  4. says

    I reside at Colonel Jim and Generalissimo Deb’s Post World War III Love Bunker. It’s just like a regular bunker but with martini glasses and leopard print throw pillows.

  5. leophoreo says

    I believe in the UK naming your house with a clear business sounding name could result in some chance of business rates being chargeable, which could prove costly.

  6. khms says

    I suspect even in the US, you could fast get into hot water picking a name like Federal Bureau of Investigators or the like.

  7. says

    Nah… You just need to snap the name up *before* the right wing does, after they destroy the original. Because, no bloody telling what the hell they would end up replacing it with. Though, one suspects, given their nature, and the name, it would be something like the SS.

  8. blf says

    something like the SS

    There already is a Secret Service. (The unfortunate initials were, as I now recall, a running joke in some long-ago (and awful) move about a female President, maybe Kisses for My President.)

  9. says

    Well, since I was actually “referring” to the Schutzstaffel in this case, not the ones that guard dignitaries…