Another little realization:
So we've got the individuals Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson, both famous in different ways. "Marilyn Manson" eventually combines the two names to connote an image combining the glamorous and the grotesque.
But consider the reverse: if he'd called himself "Charles Monroe" he wouldn't have seemed nearly as intimidating.
By the way, sorry for the Michael Landon story a couple days back. In retrospect it's pretty dumb.
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