Worst Ideas Of 2004

Sure, they seemed like the right thing to do in the moment--like that fourth drink on New Year's Eve. But now it's clear: these are some of the year's most dubious judgment calls

NAMING YOUR CHILD APPLE OR PHINNAEUS

Several celebrities christened their newborns with distinctive monikers, from Gwyneth Paltrow's culinary cutie Apple to Helen Hunt's luau-ready Makena Lei to Julia Roberts' retro-inspired twins Phinnaeus and Hazel. What better way to preserve your kid's anonymity? And nothing helps a youngster get along at school like being named after a lunchtime staple.

Speaking, If You're Elton John

From calling Taiwan's press "rude, vile pigs" to accusing Madonna of lip synching, John proved what fans have long suspected: he's sweeter when lyricist Bernie Taupin decides what comes out of his mouth.

SHARING YOUR LOOFAH FETISH

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