Do you have the crime fighting skills to recognize a real mob nickname from a fake mob nickname?
Last Thursday's arrest of nearly 125 mafia members netted plenty of colorful characters with even more colorful nicknames. Some of these names are rather hard to believe. Did Salvatore Farrugia, acting boss of the Bonanno family from 1979 to 1983, really let people call him "Sally Fruits"? Apparently, yes. What kind of a name is "Mourning Doves" for Chicago Mafia member Joseph Aiuppa? And when you hear "Head of the Elks" do you think chairman at the local motor lodge or James Lumia, underboss of the Traficante family?
Below are 10 mob nicknames. Five are real names of people swept up in last week's legendary bust and five I made up. Can you tell which is which? Read on after the jump for the answers.
1. Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio
2. Anthony "Tony Soft Hands" Demazzio
3. Richie "Cheezy Bread" Rizzo
4. John "Johnny Bandana" Brancaccio
5. Vincenzo "Vinny Carwash" Frogiero
6. Michael "Mikey The Greek" Greco
7. Nunzio "Gonzo" Moretti
8. Anthony "Nighthawk" Licata
9. Dennis "The Beard" Delucia
10. Frankie "No Pants" Romano
Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio got his name not from shaking babies but because he had a baby face when he was younger and for his habit of "shacking up" with lovers.
"Tony Soft Hands" does sound like a good name for a hitman though doesn't it?
OK, Richie "Cheezy Bread" Rizzo is a no-brainer. I just think "Cheezy Bread" would be a good name for a made man that owns an Olive Garden.
John "Johnny Bandana" Brancaccio is the real deal. Maybe his nickname was inspired by Soprano's star Steve Van Zandt who's never seen in public without his trusty bandana.
You would think Vincenzo "Vinny Carwash" Frogiero would be called "The Frog" but I guess he owned a car wash.
I thought Michael "Mikey The Greek" Greco just kind of flowed.
I had a friend named Nunzio who once gave a speech to a large audience. A man in the audience raised his hand and asked a question. Apparently, when Nunzio said his name to the audience this guy heard "Gonzo" because throughout his two minute question he repeatedly referred to him that way. I had to leave the room because I couldn't hold in my laughter.
I couldn't believe "Nighthawk" was actually a mobster name. Is he a wiseguy or superhero?
It looks like the name "Beard" isn't just a name given to women who are trying to make gay men look straight.
Frankie "No Pants" is a comedic character played by my friend and Conan writer/performer Andres Dubouchet. Check out Frankie No Pants talking to an audience as part of Ryker's Island's "Rehabilitainment Program."
Let us know how many you got right in the comments. AND BE HONEST.