Whereas many mothers were familiar with Vladimir Nabokov and his famous novel, it seems that the Woolworths staff were not. At first they were baffled by the fuss. A spokesman for the company told The Times: “What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either. We had to look it up on Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now.”Via Metafilter. Sample comment:
Makes me think of "Amelia Earhart luggage"...IN THE COMMENTS: Lots of imagined brand names, including — from Ruth Anne Adams — the Sylvia Plath oven range. Ouch!
ADDED: Here's an ad for the Lolita Midsleeper Combi: "This Lolita Midsleeper Combi is the perfect space-saving solution for your child's bedroom."
MORE IN THE COMMENTS: Omaha1 has more bad product names:
Jon-Benet kiddie cosmetics
Andrea Yates bathtub toys
Christopher Reeve rocking horse
OJ Simpson gloves
Bill O'Reilly loofah
David Koresh lighter fluid
Jim Jones fruit-flavored beverage
Michael Jackson underoos
John Denver model airplane kit
Lynn Spears' guide to successful parenting (oops that one's real!)