Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Cliff!

A new Pope was elected today in Vatican City. After the Conclave (read: bunch of Cardinals) deliberated for only two days, it was announced that Joseph Ratzinger of Germany would succeed John Paul II as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The thing that got to me was how many times people mis-pronounced/spelled his last name as “Ratzenberger”. John Ratzenberger played the lovable, postal service barstool Cliff Clavin on Cheers. I found it funny that people in web forums today were saying that Ratzenberger got elected pope because he’s really the only other Ratz… name you’ve heard. It wasn’t widespread, but it happened a few times. Enough for me to notice. Cliff was the first thing I thought of when I heard the announcement. By the way, I love Wikipedia.org.

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