A friend of mine posted a Shakespearean Insult Generator on Facebook yesterday and I spent way too much time trying to figure out what a "ruttish onion-eyed joithead" is. Joithead? Really? I'm guessing that one comes from the great Shakespearean tradition of "can't find a word? Make it up!" Anyone with any information on the etymology of "joithead" is welcome to leave an explanation or link in the comments.
At any rate, web generators of all kinds are fascinating to me. From the Stripper Name Generator to the Hobbit Name Generator that mulubinba posted on her fantastic blog a few weeks ago, I spend way too much time playing with them. What posesses a designer to make one? And how much work goes into it? I can't even imagine. Here are a couple of my favorites.
The Fairy Name Generator
The Egyptian god Name Generator
The Soap Opera Name Generator
Possibly the best rock band name generator wasn't online but was a real person: Allen Ginsberg. During a Q&A session after a reading at Harvard in the late 80's a brand new band asked him to name them and he said, "Blake Babies." And Juliana Hatfield fans all over the world thank him.