Very nearly caused my university to go into lockdown today. I was walking to the elevators and there was a backpack just sitting by the garbage can. I looked in the men's room and there was nobody there. I had a lady check the lady's room and there was nobody there. So I went to the guard station about 50 feet away and asked them if they knew whose it was. They did not and were just on the phone with the police when the owner showed up and grabbed it. Turns out it was a couple of guys who were bringing food to a party downstairs and decided they couldn't carry everything.
The fire panel at the front desk kept beeping for a trouble alert. The batteries for the panel battery backup were extremely hot and beginning to swell. Yeah, that's irony for you. The fire alarm panel starting a fire. After giving them room to breathe a bit, I got tired of the alert going off every couple of minutes and so I pointed a desk fan at them to keep them cool for the night. Did the trick for the rest of my shift, and maintenance did some other stuff during the day. The batteries are still bad, but the panel isn't beeping anymore.
An Amber Alert comes up on our phones. A girl was apparently abducted in upstate AZ (read: that area that's over the top of the Valley's ridge) by a guy whom she has a restraining order against. They're pegged at going toward Vegas. Of course, they give a description and LPN of the car (Idaho plates - go figure).
And what do my wife and I do? Argue about the pronunciation of Audi. She says awe-dee. I pronounce it Ow-dee.
It is in this interchange that I discover where the pronunciation of the "u" in my last name comes from. The "ou" in Houk is pronounced exactly the same way as the "au" in Audi.
Wife might be ticked at me, but I've filed this away for future reference.
For what it's worth, this would most likely indicate a different origin, not the same one; in most languages other than English, diphthongs have consistent and singular pronunciations, such that they would always represent the "ow" sound with "au" and never with "ou". Of course with the number of names that were changed after immigration for whatever reason, it's impossible to say for sure.