I'm Big on Tradition, But....
Even Tevya would have a tough time justifying this stuff:
China is running out of names
According to popular folklore, Chinese people should take their surnames from a list of 100 names.
But as the country's population continues to soar, the excess of Wangs, Lis and Zhangs is leading to confusion.
There are now 93,000 people called Wang Tao alone, the China Daily newspaper said in reporting the review by the Ministry of Public Security, the police service, which handles identity registration.
Not sure how many people are named Wang Dang Doodle, though.
Meanwhile, Islamic fundamentalists
have found a way around the prohibition against unmarried men and women working together:
First came the breast-feeding fatwa. It declared that the Islamic restriction on unmarried men and women being together could be lifted at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times, to establish family ties.