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Wow!  Look I'm actually posting a blog for one of Red Room's suggested topics!  Strange I know, but I'm procrastinating from editing and trying to cook myself something halfway edible for supper.

Anyhoo, I would have to say that for my money Douglas Adams has the best character names ever!  This occurred to me with amazing force just yesterday as I was walking down Parkway Road in Camden town in London and passed by the storefront of Hotblack Desiato. 

In the Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Hotblack Desiato" was the name of the rockstar who spent time dead for tax reasons and was in a band called Disaster Area that crashed ships into the sun as part of their stage act.  Arthur and friends meet him in Restaurant at the End of the Universe, I think.   Personally I believe Hotblack Desiato is just the most excellent name for a rock star to ever be invented. 

In real life, it is the name of... get this, a real estate agency in North London.  The first time I saw one of the real estate signs with this name on it walking through Islington, my jaw completely dropped.  Only a man with the anarchic genius of Douglas Adams, would see a real estate sign and think... excellent name for a rock star and be so incredibly incredibly right on!

There ought to be a word for the weird sensation you get, one I've experience only in LA and London, where you suddenly realize that something you always thought was entirely fictional, is actually real or based on something real.   

For example learning, after having watched Little Britain for years that Vanessa Phelps was actually a real person and not just a made up character or that gelignite wasn't just a silly comedy word, but a real part of explosives or that the streets you see in illustrations from Dickens books aren't comically exagerated to be narrower than they were, but actually looked that way!   Or driving through the Valley in LA listening to the song "Freefalling" on the radio and realizing that everything location Tom Petty references in the song isn't metaphoric at all, but a real place located somewhere in LA!  (Similar experiences with lots of Red Hot Chilli Peppers songs too) or that the view from the mountains in LA is exactly the same view you see when characters look down on Springfield in the Simpsons. 

All I'm saying is there ought to be a word for it. 

And might I add, some other fantastic names of Douglas Adams characters:  Wowbagger the Third,  Zaphod Beeblebrox, Slartibartfast, Deep Thought and the name of a drink, the Pangalactic Gargleblaster.  I love these names, they just trip off your tongue, leaving you with a great big smile on your face.  They are names that sound like what they are and just feel completely right.

 Also, another excellent namer is most definately Dr. Suess.  A pefect name for a bunch of stuck up creatures that look kind of like birds... Sneetches.