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Disaster Names

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Tropical storms, typhoons, hurricanes and the like are assigned names by forecasters.

Everyone knows what "Hurricane Katrina" or "Hurricane Andrew" refers to.

So, extend the system to all incidents and disasters, man-made and natural.

"The 2011 Japanese Earthquake" becomes "Earthquake Rosemary". The Costa Concordia sinking would be called "Incident David".

Floods, fires, rail and plane crashes- all would be allocated media- friendly tags.

The system could be run by nominet and automatically allocate a web domain.

8th of 7, Nov 04 2014


       So this becomes "Idea Rupert"?   

baconbrain, Nov 04 2014

       I think a good name for a large earthquake would be "The Penultimate Earthquake". Keep people edgy.
AusCan531, Nov 04 2014

       When a proper name is already involved in the disaster --like "Concordia"-- it might make more sense to refer to that name in your relevant wording, such as "Incident Concordia". Even if the proper name has been used in a prior event, it can still work if we just add numbers, like "Incident Three Concordia".
Vernon, Nov 04 2014

pashute, Nov 04 2014

       Political parties have already done this, as in "The Tory Party", "The Labour Party" etc.   

       Still, [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 04 2014

       (+)Could wars and other minor conflicts also be named, or numbered? With the revision of history going on it's hard to remember who did what to whom.
cudgel, Nov 04 2014

       [+] Blitzkrieg baking!
xandram, Nov 04 2014

       It logically follows that, if we are going to give disasters people's names, that we should give people the names of disasters. So, you might name your newborn child "Tsunami" or "Oh my God! Look out! It's a Tornado!"
hippo, Nov 04 2014

       I agree with [hippo] and add that naming children after things like cleaning supplies might be the next big hit, like Brillo, Mop'NGlo, or Mötsenböckers- but then again, is this a naming scheme?
xandram, Nov 04 2014

       There's a fine line between naming and advertising.   

       Can I sell the rights to insert product placements in the names of my ideas here?
normzone, Nov 04 2014

       //There's a fine line between naming and advertising//   

       $150k to name my firstborn "Sarah* Jane* Amazon.com Bs0"   

       *TBC with relevant secondary party.
bs0u0155, Nov 04 2014

       Well, the reality of you actually reproducing would certainly constitute a disaster of global proportions …   

       Fortunately, it's in the realms of fantasy, or at least wishful thinking (on your part).   

       Let's be totally clear on this; your particular, specific (and, thankfully, entirely unique) type of biological "distinctiveness" (a.k.a. 'weirdness') is something that the Collective does NOT want to Assimilate. No way, never.   

       We'd rather have some of [MB]'s more distant relatives, who are so inbred that their offspring are, for all practical purposes, clones.
8th of 7, Nov 04 2014


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