American Man Legally Changes His Name To 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 08/05/2012 15:44 Updated: 08/05/2012 16:37

As kids, many of us have daydreamed about what nicknames we'd like to be called. "The Dude", perhaps, or "Scar", maybe - anything is possible in the world of your imagination, after all... but there's no way we'd actually do anything about it.

So it's with grudging respect that we bring to you the news that a 23-year-old American man who used to go by the name of Tyler Gold has now forgone the whole nickname malarky and legally changed his name to 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'.

Mr. Gold - now Mr. Rex - went to York County Courthouse in Nebraska to change his name "because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler," reports The New York Times. "Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognisable."

Judge Alan Gless was keen to double check on whether he was trying to avoid either the law or creditors, but Mr. Rex said no, he wasn't.

What this means, of course, is that with just a little bit of legal back-and-forth, a Tyrannosaurus Rex now roams the earth - but whether he'll pull his wrists up to his chest all the time remains to be seen. Fingers crossed, eh?

And for another extraordinary naming story, head this way to meet everyone's favourite criminal, Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.

Pictures of the day: 8 May

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  • A pedestrian is reflected on an election poster of Democratic Alliance party at a bus stop in Athens, Saturday May 5, 2012. Greeks head to the polls Sunday in their most critical and uncertain election in decades, with voters set to punish the two main parties that are being held responsible for the country's dire economic straits. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • A Pakistani worker decorates a canal with artificial flowers, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

  • Donated kits on display as part of the LV= SOS Kit Aid celebrating and Aldwinians RUFC's 75th anniversary.

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  • A South Korean worker attaches a devotee's name tag with their wishes on a lantern, in the preparation for the birthday celebration of Buddha, which falls on May 28, at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. About one-third of South Korea's 48 million people are Buddhists. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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  • A baby monkey clings to the leg of her mother in a park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

  • A prisoner rests his arms in the wall of his cell during a Mass for prisoners in the courtyard of La Esperanza penal center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Monday, May 7, 2012. The prisoners asked for Monsignor Fabio Colindres to hold a Mass for them at the prison. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

  • A tall steel cross is refracted in rain drops on a window in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 7, 2012. The cross is all that is left standing of St. Mary's Catholic Church, which was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that tore through a large swath of the city and killed 161 people nearly a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)