The 22-year-old man from Dunedin, New Zealand lost a poker bet with his friends. The punishment? Change his name. According to his friends though, they didn't think he'd actually do it.
The bet actually happened in 2010 as did the legal name change, but the man only found out about it when he had to renew his passport recently. When he received his new passport, there was his new name, in all it's legal glory:
Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.
Mr. Frostnova is now the most recent entry into a long list of strange name submissions that have appeared in New Zealand's official registry. Other names include Majesty, King, Knight, Princess, Justice, Anal, V8, 89, Mafia No Fear, Lucifer, full stop and *. Yep, just a simple asterisk as a first name.
What's with the Diablo II, you ask? Well, that would be a sorceress casting none other than her level 6 spell, Frost Nova.
Three rescue dogs in New Zealand are learning how to drive a car, thanks to the joint efforts by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Mini Cooper and Ikon Engineering. According to the head driving coach Mark Vette, the dogs spent a few weeks to learn the basics of operating a vehicle, such as starting a car, accelerating and facing forward with their paws on the steering wheels, which will be showcased during an upcoming episode of the New Zealand current affairs program Campbell Live on December 10. For more footage, check out the video!
Starting November 1, New Zealand will be putting The Hobbit on its stamps and money. Ian McKellen is delighted by the concept: "To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea."
We see what you did there, Sir Ian. The coins are not only highly collectible, they're also legal tender. It's all about the Bagginses, baby.
The Conchords are back, and as if that isn't good enough, they're on a mission to help sick children. Bret and Jemaine interview some adorable New Zealand kids, enlisting their aid to write a new song.
Go to 5:05 to see the resulting tune, Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That). Buy the single on iTunes, and support a good cause.
A New Zealand man was sentenced to three years and seven months in jail for multitude of convictions stemming from spying on his ex-partner. The man, whose name has not been released, built a fully-stocked hideout in his ex-lover's home, complete with peep holes and trap doors. He was caught after attacking a visiting male with a spade on April 1st.
In the understatement of the year, the sentencing judge admitted the offending man wasn't the first person to become "unhinged and obsessed" over a breakup, but declared his actions "completely inappropriate."