Would you let people on the Internet vote in a poll to decide the name of your newborn baby?
That’s what Alysha and Stephen McLaughlin of Kelowna, British Columbia did. They posted an online poll that went viral and said they would name, within reason, their newborn daughter after the name voted most popular. It’s easy to see why they rejected the eventual result:
The couple welcomed Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin (pictured right) on April 7 and voters had chosen Amelia as the second favorite name after the top pick.
But what name won out? Cthulhu, named after a sci-fi beast. The Cthulhu was an invention of early 20th century writer H.P. Lovecraft that sucked human souls and featured a mouth full of tentacles.
‘All bow down to the great and powerful Cthulhu,’ read the Facebook announcement of the April 7 birth after 150,000 cast their votes over the last three months of Alysha McLaughlin’s pregnancy.
Lucky for the healthy little girl, Alysha and her husband Stephen were joking and opted to give her the voters’ second favorite name, Amelia.
Hi, My name is Stephen and much to the disbelief of my wife, I have decided to let the internet name my daughter,’ reads the original message on the website namemydaughter.com.
Voters were given the opportunity to give the girl her middle name, too.
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However, as with the first name, the couple decided against the top middle moniker pick of All-Spark.
They opted instead for two middle names: Savannah Joy.
Other top 10 middle name picks were Of-The-Sea, Le-Dash-A, Salad and Pond, writes the Global News.
Not that any of those choices really had a chance to begin with, as Stephen made clear in his announcement of the naming contest.
‘Unfortunately internet I know better than to trust you,’ Stephen wrote. ‘We will ultimately be making the final decision, Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692. Sorry guys the wife wouldn’t go for a free for all.’