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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    Ahem….GEORGE costanza played by jason ALEXANDER. So far so good right. But do you know what George Costanza’s middle name is??? LOUISReport

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      I don’t know if those are points for my “this kid is pretty likely to be the antiChrist, assuming an antiChrist” theory or points against.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        If we are going to have an anti-christ then one who is lazy, inept, incompetent and a general loser seems like the best kind to have.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Dang, dude. The kid is 2 days old. I understand the whole “show some initiative” thing when it comes to kids but I think we can give this one a year or so before we start the whole “FAILURE TO MEET EXPECTATIONS” procedures.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        The kid is the definition of privileged. He should at least be pretending to be able to build a model of the Tower Bridge out of legos or whatever kind of fancy pants elitist plastic blocks they have there.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Dude, it’s Europe. Do they even have Legos?Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        Apparently yes…the Lego website is available in most European languages, Chinese and Japanese. They are sold all over Europe according to my hasty googling.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        Lego is a European company.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        JB is pulling your leg and won’t lego.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        Wow Lego is a Danish company….what kind of person actually knows that. Well i don’t mean it that way. But it figures doesn’t it. They all have rounds holes designed to fit into the proper round holes There is no room for the square peg, they are designed and bred to fit someplace in a giant international cabal. Sure you can try to do your own thing but they put the picture on the front of how everything is supposed to fit together. And not only that after you’ve had the set for a week there is always one frickin piece missing. That piece always ends up in some cleverly hidden spot close to family gathering spots, just the place the UN would plant a but.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        I read an article on LEGOs quality control. It is insane. Imagine creating how many millions or billions of pieces that all fit perfectly together. Well, they did it. The article discussed how only recently has a true competitor arose, because no one could match their quality control, and they have but a tiny share of the market… mostly schools and other consumers that don’t need branded sets (LEGO STAR WARS! Most kids don’t realize that their exist non-LEGO Star Wars and non-Star Wars LEGOs) and who are shopping on price.Report

      • Avatar Reformed Republican says:

        Kazzy,

        Is the competitor MegaBlok, or has another appeared?

        The competitor might be adequate and functional, but as a kid, it was always easy to tell if the blocks were not LEGO blocks. They never fit as tightly.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      And starred with Julia LOUIS-Dreyfus. Plus Jerry Seinfeld & Jerry Stiller. And everyone knows that a Jerry is a German, just like the Windsors are – the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. And House is Prince George.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    One day, he’ll be George VII, but until then does this kid have a surname? I know it’s a tradition for the Royals to serve in the military — what name gets sewn on to their fatigues? Windsor? Mountbatten?Report

    • Avatar BlaiseP says:

      Royals do not have formal surnames.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Then the fatigues issue becomes even more critical: I read on NPR that William and Harry both had fatigues that read “Wales.” Which doesn’t make sense, neither of them are the prince of Wales, that’s their father.

        Maybe I just don’t understand how this whole royalty thing works.Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        It’s not hard to sort out. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge is the father of Prince George of Cambridge.

        Another equivalent way of stating it is by his House designation: William Arthur Philip Louis of the House of Windsor is the father of George Alexander Louis of the House of Windsor.

        George V:

        Now, therefore, We, out of Our Royal Will and Authority, do hereby declare and announce that as from the date of this Our Royal Proclamation Our House and Family shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that all the descendants in the male line of Our said Grandmother Queen Victoria who are subjects of these Realms, other than female descendants who may marry or may have married, shall bear the said Name of WindsorReport

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        The Wales part arises from the fact that Charles, Prince of Wales is father to Henry (Harry), Prince Henry of Wales. So Harry’s uniform would read “Wales”.

        But when he was first commissioned, William was still Prince William of Wales. He was ennobled with the titles of Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus on his wedding day. So now he’s got to get those uniforms redone to read “Cambridge”. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.Report

      • Avatar Fnord says:

        You’re “of” whatever title your parent holds, until such time as you get a title of your own. And you’re a prince because you’re a close relative of the monarch.

        William is the Duke of Cambridge. That’s his title; altogether. George is “of Cambridge”, because he’s the child of the Duke of Cambridge, and has the honorific Prince. But he’s not Prince of Cambridge (there is no Prince of Cambridge, only a Duke of Cambridge).

        It’s a little more confusing for Wales, because the title of Wales is ALSO Prince. But it’s the same principle. Charles is Prince of Wales. Harry is “of Wales”, and a Prince, but not Prince of Wales. Charles, Prince of Wales, versus Prince Harry of Wales.

        You can, in some circumstances, get both the honorific and the title, hence Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. But my understanding is that you don’t double up if they’re the same, so you don’t refer to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, even though it’s accurate insofar as Charles both holds the title of “Prince of Wales” and is independently entitled to the honorific “Prince”.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Oh. I thought William was the Duke of Cambridge. Is his new son George also the Duke of Cambridge? Prince of Cambridge? I can see getting lost in all the technicalities here.

        They’re rich British people whose job it is to be very publicly British. That much, I’m pretty sure of. After that, egads, I bet it takes a full-time person to keep track of all the protocol.Report

      • Avatar George Turner says:

        He is the Prince of Cambridge for now, which I find ironic because usually bridges are named after politicians and important figures, not the other way around.

        I thought the idea that he might be named after George Zimmerman was kind of ironic, because George Zimmerman is changing his legal name to Ben Ghazi so the press will never mention him again.Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        William is not Prince of Cambridge. He’s Prince William (son of the monarch), Duke of Cambridge (by letters patent from his mother the monarch).Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      Maybe. Apparently they get to pick what names they want to be king as. Charles has said that if he’s ever king (which I think his mother is prepared to live to 150 to prevent) he wants to be George VII, after his grandad. Or maybe because he likes to tell people about rabbits.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        “Apparently they get to pick what names they want to be king as.”

        Like the Pope?

        Irony is not lost on the Brits.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        For instance, before he was King, Edward VIII’s was known as D’Angelo, because he used to go around asking “Where’s Wallis”?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        A while back, there was a bit of a foofaraw over whether The C of E would have an adulterer as the Head of the Church. (Irony, etc)

        Is that still under heavy discussion?

        The argument that making William be the King would do an end run around all sorts of messiness that the Monarchy does not need at this point in time. (Seriously: Prince Charles is front and center for the argument that the Monarchy is an outdated institution that would be best dismantled and left on the dustbin of history. William? I could see the argument that William is merely upholding a tradition that has been held for centuries and those other Tory arguments.)Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        Most of the Defenders of the Faith, going right back to the first one, Henry VIII, were adulterers of the first order.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        A huge number of kings have been adulterers. I thought the problem was Charles’s being divorced and married to a divorcee.Report

  3. Avatar Not Me says:

    I thought he was named after the Queen’s father, George VI, who also was the subject of the movie The King’s Speech. Personally I was hoping they would name him after Lord Mountbatten.Report