There’s an odd story making the rounds in the wake of Thursday’s vice-presidential debate about Rep. Paul Ryan and how his daughter got her nickname. I picked this up from Americablog.
Below’s the account that Ryan, a known Nirvana fan, gave during the debate, in explaining his opposition to abortion:
You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born, for our seven-week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, “Bean.” Now I believe that life begins at conception.
It’s cute. And it sounds plausible, right? Now here’s an account about Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and how she got her middle name when she was born more than 20 years ago:
Frances Bean Cobain was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and was immediately anointed the world’s newest rock princess. Her parents were two of the biggest rock stars on the planet and her godfather is R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe. Kurt Cobain named his daughter after Frances McKee, the guitarist for The Vaselines, and gave her the middle named Bean because he thought she resembled a kidney bean on the ultrasound.
It’s an interesting coincidence, eh? Especially given Ryan’s admiration of Nirvana. Unless . . . it’s more than that.
It leaves your wondering whether it’s one of those stories Ryan has told so many times over the past 10 years that he believes it’s true, even if it’s not — kind of like that sub-3 hour marathon he ran years ago (not!).