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Name Machine with Custard

A machine that chooses good names, and gives you custard or roobarb.
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So far, in history, we've always gotten lucky. With Lewis and Clark, their names sound good together. But what if it was Lewis and Jimmy. It doesn't sound as good. My idea is a machine that takes a list of equally qualified people for a job, then gives you the names that fit together best. And every time you submit a name, it gives you a custard filled donut.(or rhubarb if you get the attachment
fett625, Mar 07 2007

Lewis & Clark http://en.wikipedia...nd_Clark_Expedition
Not as good as Mason & Dixon, Watson & Crick, Eric & Ernie... [calum, Mar 08 2007]

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch http://www.geocitie.../Villa/9500/dee.htm
Let's see your naming machine cope with this! [DrBob, Mar 14 2007]

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       How would a machine be better than a person at this? What's inside the machine? Lots of cogs and springs and pulleys and pipes and a magnetron?
Ian Tindale, Mar 07 2007
  

       No, Ian. Don't be silly (!?).   

       It's a big box, with lots of strips of paper inside it. On each piece of paper is a person's name. The box is mounted on an axle ...
Jinbish, Mar 07 2007
  

       Lois and Jimmy, they made a good team - n'est pas?
po, Mar 08 2007
  

       //Lois and Jimmy, they made a good team - n'est pas?//   

       Only with a pocket-full of kryptonite.
Jinbish, Mar 08 2007
  

       <click> Halfbakery & [Ian Tindale] <bing-bing>
<click> Halfbakery & [Jinbish] <bing-bing>
<click> Halfbakery & [Lt_Frank] <bing-bing>
<click> Halfbakery & [po] <bing-bing>
<click> Halfbakery & [fett625] <brzapf>

baconbrain, Mar 08 2007
  

       Cheese & Onion
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 08 2007
  

       [fett], it just needs a bit more work. Give it an algorithm or rule for deciding.   

       For instance, I noticed that most of the famous pair names that I could think of had very few letters they shared. Lewis & Clark, Brooks & Dunn, Simon & Garfunkel, Smith & Wesson. Make something like detecting that a part of your machine, and it looks like something besides a wish.   

       Okay, Lewis & Jimmy don't have many letters in common, either, but it doesn't scan, sure. Maybe see if the names can be sung to _Rule_Brittania_, but give about half of a way your idea might work.   

       It would be nice to have a machine like this, if only for picking presidential running mates. BTW, there's some sort of Soul-Mate-name predictor available on the web, but I'm not taking a look at it.
baconbrain, Mar 09 2007
  

       the thing is, as I see it, Lewis and Jimmy just don't *mean* anything to anyone but if they were an internationally famous pop duo or a pair of siamese twin catwalk models or an infamous pair of grave robbers then the names would just roll off the tongue and be deemed perfectly acceptable.   

       Morse and Lewis anyone?
po, Mar 09 2007
  

       Beer & ..............................   

       #Buffer Overflow#   

       #Too Many Matches Found#
Galbinus_Caeli, Mar 09 2007
  

       Assault & vinegar
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2007
  

       I was going to name it "Machiney", but then I read the text of the idea.
bungston, Mar 09 2007
  

       Yay. More dead fish.
fett625, Mar 10 2007
  

       Well, if that's what you like with a cappuchino in the morning...
wagster, Mar 10 2007
  

       T+A
the dog's breakfast, Mar 11 2007
  

       Rocky and Bullwinkle   

       (hey-this machine is working)
xandram, Mar 11 2007
  

       Penn and Teller
Nope, needs another kick…
Ian Tindale, Mar 11 2007
  

       Gerry and Erson.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 11 2007
  

       Yay. Somebody voted for it.
fett625, Mar 11 2007
  

       Was it you?
Texticle, Mar 11 2007
  

       Believe it or not, it wasn't.
fett625, Mar 12 2007
  

       'Buffer and Overflow' - now there's a name for a folk duo if ever I saw one
Mister Sketchly, Mar 13 2007
  

       I wasn't convinced when I read this the first time. I can't put my finger on the reason, but it seems a lot better on re- reading. [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 13 2007
  

       <click>Name Machine with Mustard <wah-wah>
<click>Name Machine with Bustard <wah-wah>
<click>Name Machine with Custard <bing-bing!>
imaginality, Mar 13 2007
  

       This is a great idea. I like it very much. [+]
methinksnot, Mar 13 2007
  

       Of course you could get your rhubarb with an added attachment.
fett625, Mar 13 2007
  

       Roland & Monica <homage to a long-missing UnaBubba>
Canuck, Mar 14 2007
  

       sp: Roobarb
Jinbish, Mar 14 2007
  

       Incredible idea - one of the best I've ever read [+]
zen_tom, Mar 14 2007
  

       I'll see Jinbish's 'Roobarb & Custard (great program though) and raise you 'Bill and Ben'.
DrBob, Mar 14 2007
  

       I'll see your 'Bill and Ben' with 'Terry and June'.
Jinbish, Mar 14 2007
  

       + After all these annos, I decided it actually does work, so here's a bun and butter.
xandram, Mar 14 2007
  

       [checks hand & ponders the wisdom of playing on with Cannon & Ball]

I fold!
DrBob, Mar 14 2007
  

       <smug face>
[secretly thanks lucky stars, hands back Richard & Judy, face down]
Jinbish, Mar 14 2007
  

       I suspect this is how runningmates are chosen.
RayfordSteele, Jan 19 2008
  
      
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