King Denies Little Boy's Wish to Be Named 'Sonic X'

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This reads like a fairy tale, but it's all true. A 6-year-old Norwegian boy wanted to change his name to "Sonic X," and in his land, such things must be approved by the king.

Wise King Harald of Norway politely declined the request of young Christer on the grounds that, being only six, he was too young to make such a decision. So Christer must wait until he's 18 to reapply.

The kid wrote the letter and asked his folks to mail it, and mum and dad were all >_> and <_< about it it, until he piped up one day and asked if it had been sent. Reluctantly, they dropped it in the mail, figuring the king wouldn't bother with it. Happily for all, he did.


Gamezine reports that Sega contacted the news site that reported this (Dagbladget, which in addition to sounding like a Yosemite Sam swear word, gave us some Mafia II footage last week.) Sonic's people are said to be preparing a care package of swag to soothe any disappointment.

This reminds me of the time I was 5 years old and adored "CHiPs" so much I asked Mom to take me to the courthouse so I could change my name to Frank Poncherello Good. She told me that the county seat was very far away and we'd go "next week." You know, I'm still waiting for that ride, Mom.

6-year-old Asks Norwegian King's Permission to be Named Sonic X [Gamezine]

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A Day in the life of King Harald...

"Okay... what have we got here today...

Parliament wants to pass a measure that would ban buttplugs from being used for dungeon torture.


Peasant asking the Court to devote tax resources to researching anti-Trogdor defenses.


Young child wishes to change his name to Sonic X in admiration of his favorite cartoon character.

Hmm... I say Chancellor..."

"Yes, m'lord?"

"How old is this boy?"

"6 years old sire."

"Hmm... I am going to veto this with option for re-evaluation once the child is 18 years of age. If the child still wishes to alter his birth name at the point, the Court will be open to hearing his request."

"A wise decision, m'lord."

"And stop kissing up. You know I'm well aware of those overthrow the throne plans you keep under your mattress."

"But how did you...?"

"Oh please, you're a chancellor for God's sake! Overthrowing the throne and taking the Kingdom for your own is what you do!"

"I... can't argue with that, sire."

"Now while we're at it, I'd like it if you could send a note of compliment to my good friend, The Burger King. Tell him it was a wonderful meal, and I look forward to returning the kind gesture in the near future. And in a post script, please kindly remind him to do something about the Burger Prince. My shins still hurt from where he kicked me."

"At once your majesty."

"Now then... moving on. Measure to implement new tax structure for internet bandwidth usage.

Hmm... this one looks rather ugly."

*Clap Clap*

"Summon the Royal Network Administrator!"