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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

In Defense of 'Todd'

So I was watching New Adventures of Old Christine last night. (Don't look at me that way! I don't have the internet in my friggin apartment right now! What would you do in that situation?! Read?!) Anyway, Christine was out on a date with some dorky guy. Annoying. Awkward. He had diarrhea issues during the date and had to run to the drug store to buy diarrhea medicine. Definitely not getting the girl. And of course, he was named 'Todd'. Again. Todd. And I'm fearing that the name 'Todd' is falling (or already felled?) into that punchline world of Melvins and Dicks and Ralphs and it's disturbing.

I've noticed the devolution of the name Todd over the years. At first it was just a normal name. Actually maybe even cool? Then it became the movies go-to name for the country club snob jerk. Taahhd. And Muffy and Buffy. All that crap. Then it worked its way into my favorite cartoon shows. Todd was the jokey name for the tough guy on Beavis & Butthead (it was funny because he was tough AND a Todd) of course Todd Flanders came along etc.

Now they got some terrible Todd skidding out on some CBS show hustling to the bathroom with diarrhea! This has got to stop! It's not an easy name to begin with! Alot of the time people don't hear it right the first time. Tom? Bob? What? And there's no good nickname to pull from it. No flexibility! It's not like us Todds been on cool name easy street!

But how do you turn a name around when it starts to slide? It's like falling into the default joke name and I ain't digging it! I like my name alot! I don't need this crap! So I'm just gonna put the request out to the TV and Movie people. PLEASE stop abusing my name! Name a normal person 'Todd' for once! He doesn't have to be cool! Just normal guy! Or better yet! How bout a hero Todd? There's enough hero Jacks don't you think? Time to change it up!

But at least please stop making fun of Todd! Some of us have to walk around introducing ourselves that way! Every day!

ok bye!


PS. Check your own name popularity here.

PPS. RoscoeCam is live again!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's always, "The Todd" from Scrubs ;)

August 7, 2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Diva G said...

"The Todd"... you made me think of the banana hammock. Ewww.

August 7, 2007 10:53 AM  
Anonymous MUDDALUBBIN PAWTS! said...

You ought to go by T-DAWG!...yeah! Muhfuggin T-DAWG UP IN THE HEEZEY FO' SHEEZY!!!!


August 7, 2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous ALON said...

Old Christine is very funny! It's not SEINFELD, of course, but still very watchable.

August 7, 2007 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd, Christine kept calling that guy Todd, but his name was Tom. Part of the writing...

August 7, 2007 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is ROY. My name sucks! I don't know what my parents were thinking!

August 7, 2007 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is coming from a guy who creates cartoons of himself as an unemployed shlub who likes pringles and porn.

Todd, I think you just might have started the trend.


August 7, 2007 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Lorelei said...

You've carved out your OWN significance of the name "Todd", and it is most groovy.

You, mister, laugh at unfortunate Todds out there.
Yes... you laugh, and you stomp upon the Todd-Mold and break it...and then you laugh some more.

You, mister, poop on the stigma.

Yay! Welcome home!

August 7, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This makes me think of the Simpson's episode where there was a new cop show on TV with a police officer named "Homer Simpson." Everyone thought that Homer, the cop, was really cool ... thus ... so was Homer, not the cop. Then the cop, Homer Simpson, was made into a complete idiot over the next few episodes of the cop show. You can imagine what happens next.

August 7, 2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous weeze said...

todd should not be watching old christine because it is a chick show

August 7, 2007 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know 3 Todds. They are not anything like the Todds you are thinking about, they are actually really cool and not diarrhea getting idiots. So, in lieu of that, be fortunate your name is not Biff. Or Ignacious. Or Xavier.

August 7, 2007 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Harold said...

Just change your name dude. Todd suckssssss!

My name Harold sucksssss too!

August 7, 2007 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not T-dawg...

I know what you mean though... I have an old lady name-- both my first and middle names-- so people always think I'm an old lady.

August 7, 2007 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob is another name that get the same crap.

August 7, 2007 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Todd,

I think I missed the chance to chime in, but please go back to the old layout of the page. This blog is kinda driving me crazy. Also, any word on when the daily tv facts will be updated? Much love!

August 7, 2007 2:50 PM  
Blogger DeeJay said...

Isn't that next door neighbor, PW guy in Christmas Vacation named Todd too?

And Martha Plimpton's husband in parenthood...Keanu Reeves...named Todd?


August 7, 2007 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come nobody ever seems to like their names, or nicknames for that matter?

My name's Richard, which of course becomes... Dick! I'm not a dick! FU! That was fun growing up!

Here's a verbatim conversation with my new seventh grade teacher, at the start of the 19XX school year (let's just say it was MANY years ago):

TEACHER: Hi! Can I call you Dick?
ME: No.

And that was that! Been waiting years to get that off my chest!


August 7, 2007 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when people hear my nickname they think i'm a guy.

Mo' is short for Monique. not to be confused with "Monique the Freak!" i hated that growing up. we moved and i thought it was gone. but when i was 21 i had a friend who was friends with a local radio dj. he called and asked the dj to play something cheery for me cuz i'd just been dumped.

so i hear on the radio, "this song's for Monique the Freak who just got dumped. Cheer up Monique!"


seriously though, love my name. only need 9 more letters and i'll have the whole alphabet...

August 7, 2007 4:18 PM  
Blogger Tamsen said...

I'm a Tamsen and I'm the only one, no stigmas, etc. It's a bit irritating to spell out my name every friggin time, and people are always like "oh that's different!" or "oh that's interesting!" which isn't really a compliment when you think about it.

Lately though I have been getting (a LOT) on the phone for work people are thinking I am Kim. I guess I must talk too fast when I say my name. People get confused. Ugh. Like I could be a Kim. or a Kimberly. I'm sorry I just puked the 80s all over myself.

Anyways, all in all I'm glad I'm unique and that there are no skid-marked Tamsens on Christine shows out there. Whoo. :)

August 7, 2007 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a fellow Todd, I know what you're going through. I'm 6'5" and 280lbs. I could have played college ball if I wasn't such a problem guy. But I feal like a wuss when I hear my name. I used to think Todd was a cool enough name, one of those names everybody knew but not everybody had. But there's just no edge to it.

And now George Carlin is in on the act. His most recent act involved the bit of "I'm getting really sick of guys named Todd." and went on to talk about weak names making weak people.

For those that don't know, Todd is Old English for fox. They use to go hunting for Todd's and wear their skins as trophies. Nice.

August 7, 2007 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the old layout better. Any plans to change it back?

I think it had a better feel for your site. More of an "Odd todd" personality to it.

Not that there's anything wrong with the name Todd

August 7, 2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nuff said

August 7, 2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger Jason Soto said...

You think that's bad? How about guys named Jason who are either asshole, villains, or just the stupidest guy on the face of the planet? A good example is in "The Day After Tomorrow". At the beginning when the dude messed something up and the entire contintent of Antartica broke into thousands of pieces. Yeah, that dude's name was Jason.
Oh and let's not forget a certain hockey mask serial killer.

Thankfully us Jason's have Mr. Bourne on our side.

August 7, 2007 7:22 PM  
Anonymous potato said...

Jason's a perfectly good name, but I have to admit that whenever I hear it, crazy serial killer is just about all that comes to mind for me too. Ditto for all those poor dudes who got stuck with the name Michael Meyers. My Dad's name is Mitchell and when he was a kid he always went by Mitch, at least until other kids starting latching onto "Mitch the bitch". From then on he always told people his name was Mike, and still goes by that to this day : )

August 7, 2007 8:49 PM  
Blogger MD said...

Don't forget the dorky Todd played by Bill Murray in the classic Saturday Night Live sketch with Gilda Radner as Lisa Loopner...

August 7, 2007 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Beth Ann said...

I'm currently reading a stephen king novel called different seasons. The main character is a smart 14 year who ends up mutilating and killing animals and then moves up to killing drunk homeless dudes. At the end of the book he shouts "im king of the world!" and grabs his gun to kill people on the freeway. Guess what his name was.


Yeah dude your name sucks.

I never had that problem with Beth Ann. Very few people go for the two-name name. My one claim to media fame is a scene in Scooby Doo. That pretty girl, who turns out to be evil, runs up all breathless and says to Shaggy, "I just saw my friend Beth Ann, theres something wrong with her eyes!" Sweet. And thats the only time i've seen my name, ever.

August 8, 2007 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Tee(Tracey) said...

My name has no real nickname either most ppl just use the first letter of my name and call me Tee, which invariably gets turned into Tbird, Tbag, etc... yuck. A handful of ppl call me Trace, mostly family. The most annoying thing about my name is that a lot of ppl when they cant think of it call me Stacey or Terry, also nobody ever spells it right, I always get these dumbass new age spellings its just plain old Tracey, simple. I went to school with a girl who spelled her's Tracye, we always called her Trachea,lol.

August 8, 2007 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing new...remember Bill Murray's Todd to Gilda Radner's Lisa Lubner way back when on SNL?

August 8, 2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Kelley said...

Todd is the fox!
Roscoe is the hound!

done and done

August 8, 2007 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Makes me wonder - you know Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in Nat'l Lampoons Xmas vacation (she played the snot-nosed neighbor) opposite another character named Todd (who was her snot-nosed neighbor husband). Sorry it's not a better character reference for your namesake...

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