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Oregon man changes name to Captain Awesome

December 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Oregon judge has allowed a man to change his name to Captain Awesome.Douglas Allen Smith Jr. says he changed his name last month because he was inspired by the nickname of a character on the television show "Chuck" - Dr. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb.

The Lane County judge questioned his seriousness but eventually granted the request by making him swear he wasn't changing his name for fraudulent reasons.

Awesome said the judge also allowed him to sign his name as a right arrow, a smiley face and a left arrow.

However, his bank has refused to accept the signature because it could be forged too easily.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.