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Our group at work volunteered to make chili for the United Way Chili Contest and they left it to me to come up with a name. This got me thinking. . . .

Top Ten Rejected Chili Team Names

(And yes, we decided from the outset that that the name, whatever it was, would have an exclamation point after it – for extra oomph)

10. Store-bought Chili!

9. UW_CHIL_SCPA_FR! (Our Data Field Engineer verified that our name didn’t have to be standardized database compliant)

8. Toe-Tappin’ Chili! (would have been a great name, up until a month ago – leave it to a senator to ruin a perfectly good title)

7. Head-Explodingly Hot Chili! (Rejected when our documentation expert noted that adverbs (which is what ‘head-explodingly’ is, apparently) usually modify verbs (which ‘hot’ is not)

6. Machu Pichu Chili! (Oops, sorry that’s a rejected Chile team name)

5. Parameter Management Update: Loop and Supermarket Calculator (LSC) and CSL Optimizer Tools Chili! (name already taken, and Joe isn’t on our team) <This is in reference to this>

4. OJ’s ‘If I made it’ Chili! (again, recent events have rendered this less usable)

3. We Got The Iraq War Vet – Vote For Us! Chili!
(Scott was personally sickened – Sickened! – that someone would suggest playing the support-your-troops patriotism card in this manner)

2. Qlikmark Chili! (we didn’t want to have to put our chili through the Satellite System) <Okay, this is very inside>

And the Number One Rejected Chili Team Name:
Midwest Chili! Now With Even Less Chili Powder!

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