In 2014, two roommates decided to bring home a new little kitten. The kitten quickly settled into life in the apartment, and he got along well with the roommates’ other cat, Blink.
There was just one problem: the roommates couldn’t agree on a name for their new little kitten.
Instead of arguing about it, the roommates decided to let the kitten pick his name himself! They decided that each roommate would choose a few names, and then they would write the names on pieces of papers. They would place each piece of paper next to a cup of food. Then, they would put the food in a circle and let the kitten choose where to go.
In the first round, the kitten would choose three names. Then, in the final round, he would choose the winner from those three names.
The roommates chose ten very interesting names: Stonewall, Tyrl, Brett, Mr. Cringleberry, Captain Snuggles, Who Booty, Crow, Gurley, Fireball, and Bane.
The roommates set up the circle and placed the kitten in the middle. After a moment’s hesitation, the kitten headed over to the cup labeled ‘Gurley’ and started eating.
Next, the kitten headed to the cup labeled Stonewall. For his third and final choice in the first round, he went with Fireball.
The roommates took the three winning cups and put them in a line. They moved the other seven cups to the side. Then, they placed the kitten in front of the three cups. But to their surprise, he headed towards the discarded cups and started eating from the one labeled ‘Brett.’ Clearly, this little kitten has a mind of his own!
The roommates added Brett to the running and tried the final round again. This time, the kitten chose Gurley. But one of the roommates didn’t like that name, so they tried one more time. The kitten went for ‘Fireball’ this time, and everyone was happy with that.
And so, the roommates officially named their little kitty Fireball!
Since the roommates had just invented the game, there naturally were a few hiccups, but overall it was pretty successful. Fireball seems happy with his name, and the roommates also love it.
One of the roommates shared a video of their game on YouTube, and it received over 3.5 million views. Everyone loved watching the kitten choose his name.
One commenter thought of a clever solution if there had been a tie…
…and another commenter tried doing the game with three little stray kittens they had just picked up from a local park.
This cute game is a great idea for anyone who’s having trouble coming up with the right name for their cat! Check out the video below to see the naming game in action.
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