People are naming their kids all sort of weird things nowadays. Game of Thrones has made “Khaleesi” a normal first name amongst preschoolers. I once met a guy named “David” who spelled it “Dafydd.” This isn’t a joke. That’s actually how he spelled his name. If you’re planning on getting into the whole “Give Your Kid a Stupid Name to Show Off Your Creativity and Also Put Him Through a Lifeitme of Mockery” trend, there’s a way you can do so and also make $10,000.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse announced a new promotion in which they will give 10 grand to any parents with a baby named Quinoa.
That’s right, Quinoa.
BJ’s (stop laughing, that’s immature) is marketing two new additions to their EnLIGHTened Menu, both using the very hard to pronounce grain. One is a Roasted Chicken with Spinach Quinoa Bowl and the other a Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl. BJ’s couldn’t find anyone in the United States named quinoa and decided they wanted to do something “a little crazy” to help promote the new menu.
But is it really that crazy? Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their kid Apple, and there’s tons of people named “Brie,” which means they’re named after cheese. At least quinoa is healthy and hip. Of course, some new grain will become the hot staple crop in the future and their name will look as stupid as someone whose name is “Disco” today.
It should be noted that the $10,000 will be only valid for food at BJ’s restaurants, not cash. The promotion ends on Labor Day, and there will only be one winner. So if you’re expecting to have a baby in the next 24 hours, you’d be stupid not to name your baby quinoa. What do you have to lose? Your kid’s the one who’s going to be stuck with the name, not you. The restaurant will also give a $10 off a $35 meal coupon to anyone who changes their first name on Twitter to Quinoa before July 6th.
If you decide to take part in the contest and lose, just tell your kid to look at the bright side. At least they’re not named “Craig.”
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.