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Secret Offshore Bank

a perfectly bland bank with an exciting name
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I'm sick of 'Wells Fargo', 'TCF', and '1st Bank of Boring'. I want 'Secret Offshore Bank' on my checks. I don't care if it's based in Omaha, listed in the phone book, and subject to all the same government scrutiny. That's no reason it can't have a name that projects an image of daring.
ry4an, Jan 21 2003

Baked http://www.bankofbermuda.com/
Shirley? [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004]

Checks Unlimited http://www.checksun...ted.com/default.htm
Print your own theme [FloridaManatee, Oct 04 2004]

Bank of England http://www.bankofengland-ar.com/
Bank President is Gary Canada. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004]

Side of a Cow http://www.snopes.c...s/bank/cowcheck.asp
Snopes' take on the Cow-cheque story [zen_tom, Jan 24 2005]

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       It probably wouldn't be good for business. And "daring" is not something I want my bank to be.
waugsqueke, Jan 21 2003
  

       Me neither, yet Citibank dares to charge me monthly checking fees, mysterious "service charges," and various other nickle & dime costs. I might as well use S.O.B.
snarfyguy, Jan 21 2003
  

       The bank is boring; just it's name is daring. Sort of like Wolf Blitzer.
ry4an, Jan 21 2003
  

       oh yes, anything to make me look the slightest bit interesting would be lovely.
po, Jan 21 2003
  

       There are British online banks called Egg and Smile. Is that good enough?
kropotkin, Jan 21 2003
  

       For some reason, I like the name of the "Fifth Third Bank".
half, Jan 21 2003
  

       There's a bank in the northeast US called Fleet, which is named after a brand of enema.
waugsqueke, Jan 21 2003
  

       "The Left Bank", of course, would patronize you.   

       Maybe banks should offer cheques (with all the usual security and cashier-soothing features) and other banking bric-a-brac with any bank name you choose printed on them, perhaps with "an imaginary division of x bank" printed underneath in very small type.
Monkfish, Jan 21 2003
  

       Bank of America, after which a Continent was named.
thumbwax, Jan 21 2003
  

       //Actually, as long as the routing/account numbers are present, you could write your checks on banana leaves and the bank is obligated to honor them.//   

       Yes, but they would be free to impose significant surcharges for checks that aren't amenable to their automated equipment. Such surcharges can be quite large.
supercat, Jan 21 2003
  

       Au contraire, to someone who grew up wanting to be a cowboy, or maybe a sherriff, Wells Fargo has always conured up an image of derring do.
DrCurry, Jan 21 2003
  

       Fifth Third. I never got that name. In Toledo, they have 'Fifth Third Field,' which is arguably the dumbest name for a baseball diamond in history. Of course, the Toledo Mudhens play there, so what do you expect?
RayfordSteele, Jan 21 2003
  

       The bank offering special accounts for doctors:

"The Mounte Bank"

-- As an aside, my Gran banks with the Bank of England, which is something which very few people are able to do (for US readers, this is like banking with the Federal Reserve, I think). She has given me cheques in the past which always get commented on when I pay them into my bank. The cheques, by the way, are printed in black and white and are very beautiful. I think this sort of bank account might be what [ry4an] needs to enhance his image.
hippo, Jan 22 2003
  

       Now this may sound a bit like sour grapes (probably because it is), but how is this an idea? I mean, I'd like my bank to be called "Eric" but if we all posted an idea for what our bank should be called then the 'bakery would just fill up with (more) rubbish, wouldn't it?
DrBob, Jan 22 2003
  

       Well, if I get enough offers I'm willing to start up the Bank of Bob. Now, how much can I expect to see in your account, bliss?
DrBob, Jan 22 2003
  

       hippo, your Gran lives in Arkansas? (link)
waugsqueke, Jan 22 2003
  

       funny link, [wagsqueak]
hippo, Jan 22 2003
  

       A collection of great American bank names... (found on banksite.com):   

       Bank of Wedowee
Eva Bank
Bank of Pocahontas
Bank of Yellville
First National Bank of Hope
Vintage Bank
The Bankers' Bank
Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Chevy Chase Bank
Shoreline Bank
Wolverine Bank
Bank of Yazoo City
First National Bank of Picayune
Bank of the Rio Grande
Flushing Savings Bank
Blue Ball National Bank
Eureka Bank
First State Bank (Happy)
Today's Bank
Bank of Jackson Hole
waugsqueke, Jan 22 2003
  

       At work we bank with the Office of Her Majesty's Paymaster General, which to be totally confusing isn't actually a bank at all. Those wacky civil servants.
oneoffdave, Jan 23 2003
  
      
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