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Neteru
01-10-04, 05:01
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Swedish MPs are calling for legislation on babies' names to be changed after a Gothenburg woman was refused permission to call her son Staalman (or Superman).

The parents wanted their son to be named after the cartoon superhero, because he was born with one arm pointing upwards - as Superman flies.

Local tax authorities refused the request, saying the name could lead to the boy being ridiculed in later life.

But MPs say the law is inconsistent as the names Tarzan or Batman are allowed.

Inconsistent legislation

The chairman of the Swedish parliament's legal affairs committee, Inger Rene, and five other MPs are to table a motion calling for the legislation to be changed, the Stockholm tabloid Expressen says.

The motion describes the current legislation as "inconsistent" and "difficult to understand".

It points out that parents had been allowed to call a child Bebben, the nickname of a footballer, but not Bajen, the popular name of Stockholm football club Hammarby.

It also points out that the Swedish patent and registration office permits the use of Batman, but not Asterix or Superman.

The move was welcomed by Sara Leisten, Staalman's mother.

A Swedish court had earlier ruled that the name Staalman was "like a surname".

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3701802.stm)

andromeda_eats
01-10-04, 05:29
Riiiiiight...

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TopCat.TopBeing
01-10-04, 05:40
they must be nuts. complete idiots. 'hi, im Batman/Superman/Tarzan' jeesh.. now how stupid does that sound? either the parents r complete muppets or they want to become 'POPULAR' at any price. poor baby

andromeda_eats
01-10-04, 05:59
Originally posted by TopCat.TopBeing:
the parents r complete muppets Fozzie! Miss Piggy! ;)

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Neteru
01-10-04, 06:09
I think this IS beyond the ridiculous.

LOL AE!

janny_c.
01-10-04, 07:38
Originally posted by Neteru:
The parents wanted their son to be named after the cartoon superhero, because he was born with one arm pointing upwards - as Superman flies.Maybe it wasn't a hand...... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif
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kangaxx
01-10-04, 09:46
Originally posted by janny_c.:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Neteru:
The parents wanted their son to be named after the cartoon superhero, because he was born with one arm pointing upwards - as Superman flies.Maybe it wasn't a hand...... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif </font>[/QUOTE]Hahaha....maybe they'r parents "make" him with a overdose of Viagra...lol

Nicky
01-10-04, 11:52
Originally posted by Neteru:
A Swedish court had earlier ruled that the name Staalman was "like a surname".
Either name or surname - imagine the responsibilities of someone named "Superman" :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

LARAMANIAC
01-10-04, 14:55
I wouldn't want to call one of my children Superman, but why does the tax authority have the right to step in and tell these parents they can't do it? Granted that poor child will be ridiculed should they call him Superman, but I don't think a government body has the right to disallow this!!! :eek:

Draco
01-10-04, 16:26
Originally posted by LARAMANIAC:
I wouldn't want to call one of my children Superman, but why does the tax authority have the right to step in and tell these parents they can't do it? Granted that poor child will be ridiculed should they call him Superman, but I don't think a government body has the right to disallow this!!! :eek: Socialism

LARAMANIAC
01-10-04, 21:42
Yeah so it would seem!

Marcus T
05-10-04, 12:54
Originally posted by Neteru:
A Swedish court had earlier ruled that the name Staalman was "like a surname".
The Swedish term for Superman is "Stålmannen". And whoever ruled that, must've been a real Smallville fan http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif ;)