As reported by the BBC, Malaysia has banned “unsuitable” first names. An excerpt from the article:
Parents will not be able to call their babies after animals, insects, fruit, vegetables or colours.
Numbers are also not allowed, so little James Bonds cannot flaunt their 007 status on their ID cards.
Other restrictions stop parents giving children royal or honorary titles as names or calling their little ones after Japanese cars.
The most amusing part of the link, actually, is not to the article itself, but to the list of other BBC articles under “see also” in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. It seems the Malaysian government has been quite busy handing out bans recently: no botox for Malaysian muslims, no suicides in movies, no plays mentioning “Volkswagen,” no lesbian kissing on screen, and a warning to tourists about kissing in public.
By the way, we are still looking for OrangeJello and LemonJello. Despite many good leads, we have not found them. If you know how to find them, please contact Dubner and Levitt. There is a small gift for you if you lead us to them.
(Thanks to Amitabh Chandra for the BBC link.)