Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, will be renamed “The Middle of Middle Earth” next month when it hosts the world premiere of The Hobbit movie trilogy. The name will be recognized in the postal service and the masthead of the local newspaper as well as many other places.
The premiere of the first film in the Hobbit trilogy, which was filmed in the beautiful scenery or New Zealand, will take place on November 28th at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. During the premiere there will also be an artisan festival which will celebrate all things Middle Earth as well as a 500 yard red carpet which will extend through central Wellington. At the moment there is a countdown clock in the middle of the Embassy Square which is counting down the minutes to the beginning of the premiere.
Wellington Council will also be hosting free outdoor screenings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the days leading up to the premiere.
The sports teams at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada have been known as the Wesmen for several decades. Recently the university has been considering renaming the team to something more gender neutral.
Many other Canadian universities have changed the names of their sports teams in the past to be more gender-neutral, such as the University of Alberta changing its women’s teams to Pandas and the University of Waterloo switching from “Warriors” to “Athenas” for its women’s teams.
York University also changed their team name from “Yeoman” to Lions in 2003 in order to become more female inclusive.
However, some are opposed to the renaming because the name is an important part of the school’s history. A Facebook group called “Save the Wesmen” was created on Wednesday and had about 400 supporters less than 24 hours later.
A new sushi restaurant opened up in Montreal, Canada this August and has been causing quite a stir with its name. Local residents are demanding that “Fukyu” restaurants be renamed as they feel it is inappropriate and offensive. Some of the other tenants in the same building have even threatened to leave because of the restaurant.
A Montreal judge requested that the restaurant covered up their sign with plastic sheeting. The owners of the Asian fusion dining establishment knew that the name was risque and might attract attention. However, Fukyu is a word that means a sequences of movements in Japanese martial arts. They wanted something catchy and Japanese and thought the play on words was funny rather than offensive.
The restaurant has decided to change its name to the Kabuki bar.
Rajash Shah, the owner of a new men’s clothing store in India called “Hitler”, has agreed to rename his store after numerous complaints.
The store received letters from the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, as well as members of the local Jewish community in Ahmedabad, stating that using the name of the Nazi dictator was completely inappropriate and offensive.
The owners claim that they did not know who Adolf Hitler was when the shop opened.
The co-owner of the store, Manish Chandani, told AFP news agency that the shop’s name was a tribute to his grandfather who was nicknamed Hitler because he was “very strict”.
“I was not aware of Hitler being responsible for the killings of six million people before the shop’s inauguration. This time I will choose a non-controversial name.” he said.
Hunter Spanjer, a deaf preschooler from Nebraska, was asked to rename himself because his school thought that the hand signal for his name was “in violation of the school’s weapon policy.
Grand Island School District told the family that the name was inappropriate because students are not allowed to bring a weapon to school or use anything which resembles a weapon.
To sign Hunter’s name in the Signing Exact English language, simply extend and cross your index and middle fingers and close the rest of your hands in a fist. It looks a little bit like a gun symbol, but more like you are crossing your fingers for good luck.
The story quickly went viral on the web as many people were astounded as to how this could be a real issue. Grand Island School District says that they decided to drop the case when they started receiving hate mail from the angry community.