PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Word out of the tiny Caribbean country of Haiti is that the Haitian senate has just overwhelmingly voted to change the name of their country.
Haitian senator Justin Chardonnay told the news media that the senate had been debating the matter for the past two months. He added that the senate had been divided into two factions, the Changers and the Non-Changers.
Senator Chardonnay said that he and 85 percent of the senators were in favor of dropping the name Haiti. When asked why, he replied because they felt that the name Haiti has negative connotations.
Many of the senators stated that the name Haiti sounds much to much like the negative word Hate.
When asked if the citizens of Haiti would get to pick the country's new name, Senator Chardonnay replied, "Absolutely not. That honor will fall to the members of the senate."
He then disclosed that they have already voted on a new name to replace the name Haiti. He smiled as he said that effective January 1, 2013, Haiti's new official name will be Happi, which sounds like a complete opposite of the name Haiti.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: It is my understanding that the Haitian government is hoping to get Barbadian beauty Rihanna to sing the new Happian National Anthem "Everybody Hail To Happi" at the name changing ceremonies which will be broadcast live on The Weather Channel.]