And you thought "Lianne Madonna Vogue On The Cover Of A Magazine McHale Dawson" was an unusual name. A Swedish 25-year-old lays claims to what the Local speculates may be the world's longest name; it holds the record in Sweden. Though the former Alexander Ek goes by Papah Long Nameh for short, his legal name now stands at 63 first names, the first of which is "Kim-Jong," followed by Ek. In its entirety:
- Kim-Jong Sexy Glorious Beast Divine Dick Father Lovely Iron Man Even Unique Poh Un Winn Charlie Ghora Khaos Mehan Hansa Kimmy Humbero Uno Master Over Dance Shake Bouti Bepop Rocksteady Shredder Kung Ulf Road House Gilgamesh Flap Guy Theo Arse Hole Im Yoda Funky Boy Slam Duck Chuck Jorma Jukka Pekka Ryan Super Air Ooy Rusell Salvador Alfons Molgan Akta Papa Long Nameh Ek.
It's a name that has cost him, literally. Sweden grants each citizen the right to one free name change. After that, it's 1,000 kronor, or about $184, per change. And since age 18, Ek has altered his six times, with Nyheter24 reporting past (and shorter) versions have included Osama bin Alexander and Alexander Gargamel Powhatan Genghis. One of those changes involved adding "Klaus-Heidi" to his name in a bid to win a recent contest put on by German airline Lufthansa, which hoped to get a Berlin-loving Swede to change his or her name in exchange for a rent-free year in the capital (42 did so, Bloomberg reports; Ek didn't win, though he went the extra mile and made his name "Klaus-Heidi Bratwurst). Ek doesn't seem to see much downside to his mouthful of a name: "I don't always get my mail and sometimes the electricity bill is late, but that's part of the charm." (Click to read about another wacky name change.)