Austin does Limp Bizkit frontman a solid
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst tweeted his appreciation over being referenced in a suggested name change for the department of Solid Waste Services in Austin, Texas.
February 12th, 2011
11:47 PM ET

Austin does Limp Bizkit frontman a solid

Just imagine it - city officials ask the public to come up with a new name for the department of waste management services, creating the chance of a lifetime for you to show off your witty wordplay in a public forum.

The people in Texas' capital city, determined to keep Austin weird, seized upon a recent opportunity, when the city's Solid Waste Services set up an online poll soliciting suggestions. It sought a new name that better reflects the variety of services it provides, including - but not limited to - recycling, garbage collection, yard trimmings pick-up, litter abatement, household hazardous waste disposal, storm debris clean-up and community outreach.

In poured the clever acronyms (FLOATER = The Dept of Filth, Litter, Outreach, Abatement, Trimmings, Education and Recycling), terse political statements (How much will this cost the taxpayers?), inside jokes (Leslie's Shopping Cart), self-references (Hippy Scum) and perfectly reasonable suggestions (Solid Waste Services Department). But it was a tribute to the lead singer of rock band Limp Bizkit that captured the most hearts and minds - by more than 25,000 votes.

"Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts" was the top pick with 29,796 votes as of Thursday, when voting closed, followed by "Department of Neat and Clean" with 2,069 votes. "Ministry of Filth" was the third and final suggestion to come in with more than 1,000 votes, ahead of "Hufflepuff," which drew 529 yeas.

The tattooed, baseball cap-wearing rocker also seized upon the nod, tweeting his appreciation: "I want to thank all of you who are helping me in Austin. I hope we win."

The city is not obligated to choose any of the suggested names, a city spokeswoman told the Austin-American Statesman newspaper. The new name will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

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  1. Bleh

    Fred Durst is a t*o*o*l!!

    February 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

      theyre still around? much like korn, the simple sill not die

      February 13, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Erik

    I get the feeling Fred Durst doesn't really get the joke.

    February 13, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      haha, I wondered if I was the only one who noticed the 800 lb gorilla

      February 13, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DrRobert

      Funny, Erik. Durst doesn't many things.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tamara Harris

    Hey Hey Hey people...Limp Bizkit was pretty good band back in the day!

    February 13, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Lo Pan

      No, they weren't.

      February 13, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Grayson23

      They were dude, I remember listening to 'em in middle school.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lo Pan

      Fair enough dude. Everyone's got there preference. Limp Bizkit was a shyte band then and always will be in my opinion. So I stick to my original comment. They were never a great band even "back in the day" how one person put it.

      February 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chris

    Creeps me out that CNN is trying to write headlines in Slacker Speak.

    We get it, CNN. You're trying to appeal to the younger audience that you've completely lost over the past decade. While you were doing 'stories' about Britany Spears and Paris Hilton, young people decided they would get their 'news' from other sources. So now you're showing the youth of today how hip you can be by writing about Austin and using a term like 'a solid' in your headline to show people how cool you still are.

    Nobody under the age of 30 cares about Limp Bizkit. Not even in past tense. Nobody under 30 reads CNN because you target the lowest common denominator of society. You've taken the Fox approach of 'People just don't 'get' this complicated 'news' stuff...let's give them a bunch of crappy 'stories' about faux celebrities and then write catchy headlines. Maybe someone will make a wrong turn at Huffington Post and mysteriously end up here on CNN.

    February 13, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Azlam Orlandu

      Then why waste your time, bud?

      February 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimi

      Does him a solid.... waste management.... hrmmm wonder what that could possibly mean....

      February 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      I care/listen to/like Limp Bizkit (sometimes) and I am 28. I also read CNN on a regular basis. The crap we read via ANY media outlet compose what is the beauty, and ugliness, of America.

      February 13, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • kmn

      whats with your obsession with "people under 30" Who cares....

      February 13, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Jimi if this were FB I would "like" your reply. I can't believe no one else picked up on that.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • 25 year old

      cool story, bro

      February 13, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Much like the People Magazine-inspired rubbish they turned their entertainment section into. Garbage. No one with a brain wants to look at another shot of some moronic, 20-something female or male celebrity, holding their Starbucks cup, dressed up to avoid your pathetic photog leeches. Entertainment most people have an interest in are new MOVIES so why not do more stories on them, especially upcoming movies? Or see your audience go en masse to

      February 13, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      on that note...I'm going to go check out TMZ

      February 13, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary J

      Considering this story is about a poll to rename the Department of SOLID Waste Services, the use of the word "solid" is just a play on words. Simmer down. It's not a big deal.

      February 13, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rebecca

    It should be called Nickelback instead..

    February 13, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimi

      No it should not. They clean and dispose of waste, they don't create it.

      February 13, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      All Nickleback songs sound the same. Yuck.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Azlam Orlandu

    I hear you, Rebecca! Nickelback is true trash. But Limp Bizkit was the trash the preceeded them.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cory von Chaos

    "The city is not obligated to choose any of the suggested names, a city spokeswoman told the Austin-American Statesman newspaper." So, this contest is as irrelevant as Fred Durst himself. Go figure.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      It actually works the same way for elections of politicians in the United States.

      February 13, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Austinite Tonight

    There can be no recount. The people have spoken. Although, I am willing to accept Ministry of Filth. And, for those of you who think Fred Durst doesn't get the reference, he does. He just doesn't give a solid waste.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. keith

    the joke is far above Fred Durst's head..............

    February 13, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. **me**

    Austinite Tonight, you just made me actually laugh out loud. Which I don't do very often when reading most comments...

    February 13, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Wes Borderlands

    You can't mess with Limp Bizkit.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Limp Bizkit sucks. That's why Wes Borland gave them all the big FU.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Kim, that's why Wes re-joined Limp Bizkit... get your facts right before posting.

      I don't like B.B King, but that does not mean he's not a great artist, I just don't appreciate listening to him. Personally I enjoy listening to LB.

      March 4, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    Yeah when they can deny the picking up of your trash.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Garrett

    The writer totally does not get it. The joke is on Durst. Solid waste is what comes to mind when I think of his "band."

    February 13, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. ZombieBoy

    What would be funny is if Dust kicks in money to change the name. Austin could have a whole knew revenue stream going. Now if we can get Farcebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to pay to have the sewage system named after him.

    February 13, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hate

    you can hate fred durst all you want, but can't deny that he's a solid director, The Education of Charlie Banks was really good.

    February 13, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
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