Here is a quick useless Internet toy for you.
The funny thing is not the fact that this supposedly U.S. Census Bureau-backed database does not know that I exist (one could make an argument that at this particular moment, the one and only Ilya Burlak is not in the US). It is the fact that it told me that there was not a single other person with my last name on record, missing out on my dad, mom, brother, sister-in-law, niece, uncle, aunt and cousins. And, honestly, there must be another Burlak somewhere in the States; I remember seeing an unrelated one in the Brooklyn Yellow Pages in mid-nineties.
So, if you’ve got nothing to do, try your own name (sorry, relatives, I already spoiled it for you). And if you think that your name is truly unique and you get at least one hit – meaning yourself – let me know, so that I’ll think better of this silly thingie.
Tip of the hat to Jason Bennion