I got on one of those tangential link-clicking trips, and it wound up on the finer points of name changes. After reading a whole ton (by casual Internet standards) on the matter, I'm still left with two unanswered questions:
1. As a citizen of Knoxville, Tennessee, what would I have to do to change my name from Ian Blackburn to Can Of Soup, and is this handled at the municipal, state or federal level?
2. What prevents me from unilaterally declaring that from this moment forward, my name is Can Of Soup?