Celebrity Name Doppelgangers Have a Surprise Meeting on Facebook

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If you have never heard of Humans of New York: it’s a photoblog that is shared online, and also a bestselling book. It details the lives of average people living in the largest city of America: New York City. Humans of New York was founded by Brandon Stanton in 2010, and has a large online media following of 12+ million likes on Facebook, and nearly 3 million followers on Instagram.

Many of the people showcased on Humans of New York have either an amazing story to tell, or pretty mundane lives: either way you learn much about the people living in New York City. One story in particular, and the response that came from it, surprised Stanton the most; it all started when he interviewed a girl named Beyonce.

Being named after the famous pop star, Beyonce described what it was like growing up with her popular name. She tells Stanton: “Sometimes I hate my name because it always draws attention to me, and I’m not a very social person. When the teacher started calling attendance I got really nervous; every time people learn my name is Beyoncé somebody starts singing ‘Single Ladies’: and of course some did. But the second day of school wasn’t too bad, because everyone knew my name.“

 
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Within the hour of Stanton’s post the flood gates were opened, and the comments that followed were a convention of others with famous names. Everyone from Will Smith to Jennifer Lopez chimed in with feelings of empathy, and even someone named Mayo Naise added: “try being named after a condiment.”

The amount of people with famous names was a complete shock to the followers of Humans of New York, and some of them were hilarious; even former Destiny’s Child member “Kelly Rowland” popped in with: “I feel you honey!!”

As it turns out, having a famous name may not be the best thing after all. I suppose the best course of action would be to make the name you have famous, then to be born with one. At least we can all get a giggle from some of these outlandish names. The famous names that appeared had us dying of laughter: here are some of the best comments from all the single ladies that replied.

 
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