Given that Hussein is a popular first and middle name, and given that many if not most Husseins are likely unlisted, and given that most of them probably use cell phones rather than landlines, well, you get the point.
There are probably many thousands of Husseins right here in the land that looks onto the welcoming torch of the Statue of Liberty.
And those of them who are aware of it must be moved in one way or other by the article in today's New York Times, reporting on men and women who are adopting Hussein as their middle name, in solidarity with their presidential candidate Barack (shhh, Hussein) Obama, who has been vilified ad extremis by Fox noisemakers and their xenophobic friends.
The article has generated quite a reaction on the Net, as there already seems to be a multiplicity of enthusiastic posts and comments related to it.
But you've got to wonder what the other Husseins -- the Muslim ones, the immigrant ones, and (yes also) the African-American ones who adopted the name or were bequeathed it by convert parents -- are thinking.
One likely response would be a tender gratitude, a welcome sense that after being ignored and even vilified by flag-waving immigrant haters, they are finally being received as regular people who happen to have Arabic names.
It seems, by the way, that the name Hussein has pleasant origins, meaning "good, small handsome one" in original Arabic.
Okay, Saddam Hussein was neither good nor small (handsome being in the eyes of disparate beholders).
But not all Georges speak funny or disingenuously start wars that kill thousands of people, do they?
So it was to make a worthy point that all these interesting people, including one Jeff Hussein Strabone of Brooklyn, have taken this symbolic stand of adopting Hussein as a middle name.
Strabone has a blog on which he said several months ago:
"I am changing my name for the rest of the campaign to Jeff Hussein Strabone, and I will urge others to do the same with their names. Between now and November 4, I will always try to include my new middle name, even when it might be difficult to do so." (read blog entry.)
Many, it seems, have taken up the call.