Where have all the Garys Gone?
- Eric Standing
Do you know someone named Gary? Or better yet, do you have a friend named Gary? If so, consider yourself lucky, because knowing a Gary is a privilege that your grandchildren may never experience.
In the early 1950s, Gary was the 10th most chosen name in the U.S. for three consecutive years, with a yearly average of 38,000 born in the U.S. alone.
Sadly, at last count, there were only 450 born here in America and 38 in the U.K.
One of the theories as to why the name is disappearing is that it has become unpopular among modern parents.
However, this cannot be the case because as everyone knows Gary means “spear” and is therefore too strong of a name not to be widely used.
Now that we have ruled out popularity, the next logical course is to look into other factors that cause population loss amongst species.
LOSS OF HABITAT
According to the National Wildlife Federation, destruction, fragmentation and degradation of habitat are some of the leading causes of population loss.
Although I have not yet had the opportunity to study many Garys in the wild, I have become aware that their main habitat is hardware stores and construction sites, which still seem to exist in abundance, but could be under threat due to online shopping and D.I.Y. projects.
Although Garys are known to be naturally skilled truck drivers, only a handful of Garys can still be found driving trucks, so one can only surmise that the shortage of Garys is also responsible for our current supply chain issues.
INTRODUCTION OF INVASIVE SPECIES
Parade.com informs us that the most popular boy’s name in 2022 was Liam, so it would appear that all of Garydom is under threat from this overpopulation.
With so many Liams running wild, taking up prime nesting areas and food sources, it can be hard for the newborn Gary to thrive.
If one should happen to find a nest of Garylings, it is advised that you do not touch them, as the mothers may not recognize their scent afterwards.
HUNTING AND ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING
While many people are considering tracking our remaining U.S. Gary herds through electronic means or leg bands like we do with geese, others are not so sure as concerns have been raised about disturbing them during mating season.
Authorities are not aware of any known Gary hunting having taken place, but some have been known to have been relocated.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Unless you are willing to go down to the courthouse and change your first name, then the only other options are to support the Garys we have now in order that they may live longer, and to produce more Garys, a cause for which I may devote my life’s work.