MANY of us have probably wished we could change our names at various points - but one Childers man is taking it a step further than most by drawing some inspiration from a Dr Seuss poem.
Robert Springer said he decided to go by a different moniker about six months ago when he realised his passport was up for renewal.
A huge Dr Seuss fan, he seized on a name in a poem by the famous writer, called Too Many Daves, in which a mother's 23 sons all have the same name and she wishes she had given them interesting titles such as Oliver Boliver Butt and Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate.
And so Mr Springer's new identity of Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFizz was born.
"I've changed it. I just want to stand out - be a bit different. It's a name you won't forget," he said.
"When I tell people, everyone has a bit of a giggle and they say 'You can't be serious'," he said.
"But I am."
I just like to be a little bit different, and to put a smile on people's faces, that was the only motivation. It wasn't anything else really."
The Childers family man came up with the idea about six months ago.
"I just wanted to be different, to stand out, to have a name you won't forget."
"The passport is due for renewal. So when that's due I can change it."
He said the cost is about $150.
Mr Springer said he had told some people about his plans and they were already calling him Zanzibar.
"I told some people in Hervey Bay what I was going to do and they are already calling me Zanzibar."
"I'm not going to have any regrets whatsoever," he said.
Even his wife doesn't mind.
He said his daughter had had a laugh with her school buddies, and his wife loved the new name.
Mr Springer said he looked forward to the time when police pull him over and ask his name.
The poem that inspired the name change:
Did I ever tell you that Mrs McCave
Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave?
Well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one, and calls out "Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!
This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves'
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn.
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate…
But she didn't do it. And now it's too late.
- Dr Seuss
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