To tell the story of “Baby’s names” is to untangle an entire ecosystem of insects warped that evolved in a parallel universe and finally became memes. The Facebook page—which once took expectant, unwitting parents for a ride by suggesting monikers like Theatre Squid and Congratulations, It’s A Backstreet Boy for their progeny—jettisoned away from strictly naming children and has delved into crafting a larger-than-life myth.
First, the basics: Baby’s names is controlled by a green, anthropomorphic, caterpillar-esque creature known as Buge. Naming children is essentially Buge’s raison d’être. It’s also what’s caused incredible strife in Buge’s life. The insect has been “captured” multiple times by its Auntie Kayla, who tends to take a mercurial approach toward Buge’s unconventional naming tactics. It has also faced another nemesis, known as Chaos Buge, who appears yearly and has crafted its own dimension to contend with all the good Buge’s activities on this plane of existence.
Secondly, the admins behind the Facebook page aren’t quite ready to pull back the curtain on a project that’s transcended its medium and may very well reach whole new creative heights. Instead, they’ve chosen to slightly bend the proverbial fourth wall and offer up Buge’s perspective on the controversies it’s currently enmeshed in.
I spoke with Buge over the course of a Facebook sticker-filled exchange that spanned the basics, the banal, and what it means to name babies for humanity’s betterment.
Tell me a bit about your upbringing. Are your parents close to Auntie Kayla?
Fortunately, my species does not have parents which is how we avoid naming disasters as such in this world. Auntie Kayla tried to convince me I was in her family but she is just really a desperate despot who wants to stop my naming ways and will use all sorts of trickery to uphold the centuries of naming oppression. For a while when she first took over my baby naming operations, I was actually brainwashed into believing I was her nephew so I felt obliged to cede to her authority. I still have nightmares of that time when I watched in a subdued state of mind as she sabotaged my important work.
Where do you live and where does Auntie Kayla live?
I travel often but my original home is a state of the art Insect Compound in the CyberInsect City of the Buge Dimensional Sector equipped with the latest in naming technology. As for Auntie Kayla she lives in a Tiny House that she built with plans she got off Pinterest. I think the cramped quarters she lives in probably contribute to her animosity towards me.