Groupon Wants to Name Your Next Kid
For most of us, having a name that is easily remembered comes from diligent, hard work, from reliability and friendliness, or via kind actions which make us memorable to those we meet in life. A good name can't be simply bought. Or.... can it?
In what some are saying is the most ridiculous stunt ever, crowd-sourced savings site Groupon has put up a deal that would make most parents cringe. Groupon, you see, wants to name your next baby. The price for being relieved of the burden of coming up yourself with the name you'll be calling out for the rest of your parental life?
For just $1,000, Groupon will name your child "Clembough". Go ahead, look it up in baby name books. It's not there, although I'm sure it will be on the lips of many in the schoolyard watching your little Clembough getting mocked (or even bullied) over it time and again. Memorable, to say the least.
Groupon's deal says the naming is limited to one child per household, unless you have twins or triplets.
"Groupon, the official World's Foremost Authority in Baby Naming™ , will name your child or children "Clembough". No substitutes or modifications. Spelling non-negotiable. Any attempt to name your child "Clembough" independent of this exclusive Groupon will be recognized by the world as a cheap imitation. If you fail to contact Groupon on or before the expiration date to have your progeny anointed Clembough, we will reject you and refund every penny of the purchase price."
If I read the wording right, Groupon is willing to let you purchase more than one instance of Clembough, in case you want to go the George Foreman route and name all your sons the same first name.
Those who've taken the time to research the new deal say it's legit, which doesn't, of course, preclude that it's also a gimmick. Groupon adds wording at the bottom of the deal that is definitely tongue-in-cheek...
"Groupon has been naming things since 2008, when it named itself by combining the words “grout” and “superweapon.” Its previous baby-related ventures include Grouspawn and its sponsorship of the all-infant rugby league, Tot Scrum."
Think nobody would ever take Groupon up on this tacky offer? Think again, as at least one parent (or couple) has paid up the cool grand to call out Clembough everytime their future cherub gets his or herself lost in the mall. With a name like Clembough, perhaps the kid will be in hiding...