08/05/2012 11:44 BST | Updated 08/05/2012 12:37 BST

American Man Legally Changes His Name To 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

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

Pictures Of The Day: 8 May 2012