Fun: Why would I want to call my Snap! Website blog "Kadanuumuu blog blog"?

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Kadanuumuu partial skeleton from PNAS
Kadanuumuu. Credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Liz Russell, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Not too long ago (June 21, 2010), an article came out talking about Kadanuumuu. According to scientists1, Kadanuumuu would be a great grand father of Lucy, one of our ancestors. This gave me the idea of calling my blog here Kadanuumuu blog blog.

Why? Because Kadanuumuu means Big Guy and I'm 6"4. And blog blog is because... well... this is a blog, after all2 and the repeat sounds funny.

Okay, I did not do it because I think this blog has a little more to do with Internet Marketing and other similar things and not anthropology... although I like anthropology too.

Yet, this would have been quite a good branding name too.

At that time, I had the idea to check Whois and saw that was already taken! The creation date was: 21-Jun-103. Yes. This means the very day the news came out. So I got the news a bit late on my end, but someone was quick at snapping the name. Why would someone do that? A totally unknown name and most certainly not something that the mainstream would ever use? The answer is simple: the buyer hopes to resell the name for much more money than it costs him to purchase it. Domain names cost about $10/year. If you grab them first. Otherwise, it can go as high as $1M, maybe even more. Good business, isn't it? This is similar to being a Golden Boy. Most domain names sold in this way go for $1,000 to $100,000.

Note that there was hope, when I checked, was not taken yet (actually, at time of writing, Sep 5, 2010, it still is available! Grab it if you will...) So you see, I could have had my own Kadanuumuu WebSite. Note that .ws really stands for West Samoa which is not a country since 1997 when the islanders renamed it Samoa4, but they decided to keep the .ws Internet extension—probably because they make money out of it, which is great for an island lost in the middle of the Pacific. For more info, check out the CIA World Factbook.

  • 1. Scientists from The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, Addis Ababa University and Berkeley Geochronology Center found, excavated and analyzed Kadanuumuu skeleton.
  • 2. I do not know why, but Google Webmaster Tools says that blog blog is searched much more often than just plain blog and that's in the tenth of million.
  • 3. Update Sep 7, 2010: The Whois record already changed! In just a little over 2 months.
  • 4. Samoa is composed of many islands. The two large ones are Savai'i and Upolu. The islands are west of the American Samoa island.