Though the name "Snooki" is likely to elicit images of a 4-foot-9-inch, orange, poof-sporting, self-proclaimed guidette from MTV's hit reality show
, the United States Patent and Trademark Office sees someone different when hearing her now iconic handle.
The Smoking Gun reported
that the office rejected a recent request from Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, to trademark her moniker due to a "likelihood of confusion" with a previously issued trademark from 2004 for
Adventures of Snooky
, "the first
2-D hologram children's book
in the world!" The book stars Snooky, a furry yellow-haired cat with a red hat, who embarks on a family fishing adventure. All begins well at sea until an ominous wave forces Snooky overboard, separating him from his family. Could this be a clairvoyant metaphor for Snooki's drunken antics and subsequent cold shoulders from her housemates during the first night on
perhaps? But much like Snooki's situation, Snooky the cat's heart-warming tale ends happily ever after. "Not only is Snooky a good role model for children, the book is fun to read," one commenter
wrote on Amazon.com
. This is where the namesakes differ. Sure, Snooki may occasionally
wear a red hat
, but the TV star's story is of a completely different order: beer bongs, tanning beds, and hot tubs. A good role model? Not so much. Fun (but not so difficult) to read? Indeed she is.