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How It Looks from Here

I greatly enjoy pictures where, whether by contrivance or by serendipity, elements in the picture line up to create a humorous effect. I've done several other posts with such pictures — Can We Believe What We See? and Perspectives.

Today I'm posting some more pictures that have come my way.

These poor people just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when their pictures were snapped.

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

We know from experience that cats are curious by nature, but this picture seems to prove it.

picture with a certain perspective

Sometimes objects in the sky seem are in great alignment with each other or with objects below to create an amusing sight.

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

I wonder if these next two were staged?

picture with a certain perspective

This one puts a whole new twist on "Facebook."

picture with a certain perspective

Maybe these people were just horsing around....

I know of people who are described as being "horse faced." But this is ridiculous.

picture with a certain perspective

I wonder if this was her bridle portrait?

picture with a certain perspective

The next two had to be contrived, but they still form an ... interesting image.

Could this be called a "tie breaker?"

picture with a certain perspective

This one is simply disturbing.

picture with a certain perspective

This next one shows great imagination in the use of shadows.

picture with a certain perspective

I think this aerial shot is really cool.

picture with a certain perspective

The other day I received a real story that is a verbal version of this phenomenon.

How would you pronounce this child's name? She spells her name "Le-a."

So how would you pronounce her name?

Leah? ............ No.
Lee - A? ............ Nope.
Lay - a? ............ No way.
Lei? ............ Nice try, but guess again.

This child attends a school in Livingston Parish, LA. Her mother is irate because everyone keeps getting her child's name wrong. She says it's pronounced "Ledasha."

When the Mother was asked how in the world she figured it should be pronounced that way, she said, "'cause the dash don't be silent!"

So, if you see a name come across your desk like this, please remember to pronounce the dash.

All I can say is, "Wow!" They live among us, they have children, and some even vote.


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22 Comments on “How It Looks from Here”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Nov 9th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Le-a? No problem. I got it immediately! Ya… Guess I must have been absent the day they taught the “-“. Does that come before or after M?

  2. #2 A. H.
    on Nov 9th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    My personal favorite is the airplane perched on the wire.

  3. #3 Christine
    on Nov 9th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    My mother is a 1st grade teacher in NC and last year there was a girl in another 1st grade class with the same name, pronounced the same way…

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Nov 9th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I love the smiling birds! And no, I didn’t get the correct pronunciation. 🙁

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … Amazing =-.

  5. #5 Andri-Ellen
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I had to laugh when I saw the post about Le-a. As you will notice, my name also contains a dash (or hyphen, as I prefer to call it), but it is definitely not pronounced! 🙂 Actually I consider the hyphen to be the most important letter of my name–it was the way I knew which Christmas gifts were mine before I was able to read. 🙂

  6. #6 Rob
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    @Vikki – I’m not sure where the “dash” falls in the alphabet. Anyone else know that one?

    @A. H. I like so many of them that it would be hard to pick a favorite.

    @Christine – Seriously?! Maybe the moms skipped classes in the same school….

    @Carrie – Join the club … I didn’t get it either. – it all!

    @Andri-Ellen – Your name would be much harder to decipher and say if it were Andridashellen. I liked your Christmas present story. 😀

  7. #7 Bill
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    One of my GA’s had a brother who student-taught in a public school. The name of one of the students was “Abcde.”

    Her name was pronounced “Ab-sidy.” Yes, really true.

  8. #8 Rob
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    @Bill – Once again, all I can say is “Wow!”

  9. #9 Michael
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I’ve heard of parents naming their children “Espn” after the cable sports network. I’m a big fan of that network, but that seems horrible to do to your child and it reflects a horrible value system for the parents.

  10. #10 Rob
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    @Michael – I agree. In one lesson in French class when we go over French naming conventions, I always add my two cents’ worth about what a kindness it is for parents to name their children something easy to pronounce and spelled in the most common manner possible, rather than strapping them for life with an oddball name. I’ve had student who come in with a chip on their shoulder, perilously perched, awaiting my being the next one to knock it off by mispronouncing a really strange name. How would you pronounce Kayrl? This was a girl in the Detroit area. It’s an alternative spelling of Carol. I think there’s something perverse about naming your kid something that instantly leaves a kid with a lifelong fight on his hands and that becomes a burden for everyone else, making other have to guess the pronunciation and making it hard to remember how to spell the name so the bearer isn’t upset or offended. Good grief! ::mini-rant ended:: My, that feels better!

  11. #11 Janet
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    During Neighborhood Bible Time a few years ago, we had a very young boy who said his name was “U-da-man,” because that’s what his dad always said when he saw him

    One of my respiratory therapist friends treated a new mother who pronounced her new born daughter’s name “Fee-mall-lee” since it was already on the birth certificate. It was spelled “Female.”

  12. #12 Vikki
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    If you’re looking for brainless names parents give to their kids, here’s some people I’ve known personally. And, yes, these are all their proper names, no nick names here.

    I went to school with and also worked with girls named Candy Cane

    I lived next door to Kris Kringle

    I worked with Evergreen Forest and he sister’s name was Birch Forest

    A good friend of mine was born on Christmas Eve with red hair and the last name of Bell. Her father was dead set on naming her Jingle! (As it turns out, she also has green eyes!). Her mother quickly signed and turned in the birth certificate when he wasn’t around and named her Judith. She’s been eternally thankful to her mother for that.

    I’ve heard of many other strange names people have given to their children, but these people I’ve actually known. I just don’t understand why parents do this to their kids. It may sound cute or sweet when they’re little, but they have to carry this with them through life. At least for the girls, they can dump the last name when they get married, but for guys, they’re stuck with it for life unless they shell out the money to have it legally changed.

    Some people have last names that I just don’t understand why they don’t change them, but that’s a whole different subject. I mean, why would a girl want to marry a guy with the last name of Pigg or Hooker? But I know women who did. When the couple with the name of Pigg had their first baby, the hospital had a practice of putting “baby” in from of the last name on the bed. In the window of the nursery, there sat their precious newborn with “baby Pigg” posted on the baby’s bed!

    Ok, so I did a little ranting too . . .

  13. #13 erick
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Someone needs to tell that mom to take a chill pill. It’s not even a dash, it’s a hyphen. “Lehyphena.” LOL

  14. #14 Diane Heeney
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    This is right up there with the gal who thought the hospital staff had taken liberties to name her daughter for her. When asked, she stated that her daughter’s name is pronounced “Fi-mah-lee” (aka “female”). Yikes.

  15. #15 Diane Heeney
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Pardon me…I’m a little challenged today. =) I just noticed someone else related that gem. =) Okay, so I’ll tell you about two actual people I know of. One was the mother of my high school English teacher, Mr. Polster. His mom’s first name is Rhea.

    Then, a high school friend, Keith Case, whose cousin’s name was Justin.


  16. #16 Tim
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    So, is the guy or (gey from geyser) giving back the desert or the dessert?

  17. #17 Ellen
    on Nov 10th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, I agree that it irritates me when parents make up names or spellings of normal names and then the same parents get mad when the rest of the normal world misspells their children’s names. What were they expecting??? Yes, this is my mini (or not so mini) rant! 🙂

  18. #18 Rob
    on Nov 11th, 2009 at 6:38 am

    @Janet, Vikki, and Diane – Thanks for sharing those names. During my years in college, there were fellow students with interesting names — Ben Franklin, his cousin Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett (a girl!), Dick Tracy, Rose Plance, and Rhea Dyer (think of that one with the last name first…). There were others, I know, but my early morning brain is not dredging them up. In the case of the Rhea, she went by her middle name to lessen the grief she would have gotten had more people known. When my wife was her teacher, she told Becka that her parents thought it was funny. She didn’t. Really sad.

    @Erick – Somehow Lehyphena doesn’t flow as well as Ledasha.

    @Tim – I don’t know the answer to that one. My first thought was “dry heaves?”

    @Ellen – It’s nice to find someone who shares my irritation for weird spellings. When we named our kids, we tried to give them the most common spelling possible. Megan, Nora, and Mark could easily have been Meaghan, Norah, and Marc instead, but we didn’t want to saddle our kids with a lifelong source of irritation.

  19. #19 Doug Rumminger
    on Nov 14th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Maybe I did have a chip on my shoulder, but when I was a kid, I was proud when people spelled my name wrong — it made me feel special — like I knew something they didn’t. (Now I’m an editor — go figure.)

    I think Le-a is kind of cool, but I wouldn’t get upset that people didn’t know how to pronounce it. Or really consider using it. I wanted to name our children Kedjuan, Qidtu, and Caedthri, but my wife wouldn’t let me. (Besides, we have four, and I’m not sure I could have come up with another such spelling–maybe Noemor would have worked.)

  20. #20 Jason
    on Nov 16th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I know it’s been a while since this post, but reading about Le-a reminded me of a girl who was in kindergarten a while back in my old school. Her name was pronounced “AB-se-dee,” but it was spelled “Abcd.” Another girl’s real birth name was “Lady-bug.” Some people should not be having kids… or at least not be naming them.

  21. #21 Jason
    on Nov 16th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I just read the other comments, I wonder if the Abcde that Bill talked about is the same person, or if two moms had the same bad idea?

  22. #22 Rob
    on Nov 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    @Doug – Did people actually have trouble spelling Doug?! 🙂 I’ve seen many last names that make Rumminger look like Smith, like several authors we’re studying in Survey of French Lit — La Rochefoucauld and Montesquieu. Your kids are probably happy to know that Debbie’s opinion prevailed. 😀

    @Jason – I don’t know if two moms would both come up with that bizarre a name. And Lady-bug??? Wow!