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Strange place names
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:36:09 AM »

https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/galleries/72157646416075461/

I think we had a thread about this some time ago.  I was surprised by 1) how many are listed from England, and 2) a place I've been in Arkansas gets a nod here.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 09:44:28 AM »

I don't have time right now to look for the previous thread, but a search for "Asbestos" and "Swastika" (two Canadian places I've visited) should help track it down.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 10:19:20 AM »

http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=2951.0

Thank you Oscar.  Asbestos helped.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 10:48:17 AM »

Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada. :-D
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2014, 10:50:40 AM »

There's also a Santa Claus in Indiana.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2014, 11:25:22 AM »

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Maybe we should keep the list going in the other thread instead, though.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 01:01:28 PM »

Fucking, Austria.

And Greutli-Laager, Tenn. would have to be on this list.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2014, 01:12:28 PM »

Shit, Iran.

And your guys will love this village in Northern Spain :sombrero:.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2014, 01:21:44 PM »

All Good, Alabama.
Flat Rock, Alabama.
Cotaco (pronounced ko-tay-ko), Alabama.
Oneonta, Alabama (I'll let y'all figure it out).
Opelika, Alabama.
New Hope, Alabama.
And that's just a few of the odder names in Alabama.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2014, 03:36:25 PM »

Close to me is a town of Little Hope, WI.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2014, 06:14:18 PM »

Fucking, Austria.

I read that they changed the spelling on the signs to a more traditional form due to sign theft.  I thought they should have left it and put up new signs saying: "Please don't steal the Fucking signs."
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2014, 06:45:29 PM »

Batman, Turkey
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2014, 09:24:32 PM »

Half of the towns in New Jersey...

Intercourse, PA
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2014, 02:22:16 AM »

Reddick, FL
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2014, 09:13:12 AM »

Hell, Michigan and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina were always favorites of mine.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2014, 02:17:43 PM »

Hell, Michigan and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina were always favorites of mine.

Just remember, Hell is close to the UofM, and Paradise is in the UP.  :bigass:
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2014, 10:59:24 AM »

Lake Barackzebub and Lake of the Financial Crisis? The fishing in Artisan Lakes must be stocked with despair...

Marge Lake and Alfalfa Lake do look a bit like their namesakes, and Isosceles Lake is what it is.

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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2014, 11:33:06 AM »

Netcong, New Jersey sounds like it was named around 1968 -- but the name arises from nearby Lake Musconetcong.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2014, 11:39:00 AM »

Netcong, New Jersey sounds like it was named around 1968 -- but the name arises from nearby Lake Musconetcong.

I always thought it sounded like one of those start-up ISPs that quietly disappeared around 1996 or so.

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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2014, 11:55:10 AM »

Now that it is in the news, somewhere in Africa is the Ebola river :evilgrin:

The river was before, though, and named the disease.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2018, 11:38:42 PM »

Woman Hollering Creek

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4935999,-98.2074744,3a,75y,285.6h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6mNogH-PsKQ8cwgkXmTUEg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

It's a poor translation of "llorona," which means crying woman, or weeping, or maybe wailing.  "Hollering" probably isn't the best translation.  I have no idea why the word order is reversed.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2018, 11:55:12 PM »

Why, Nothing, Total Wreck, Vulture City, and Big Bug in Arizona.

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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2018, 02:04:06 AM »

Not at all to the level of some of the cities above, but Federal Way, WA always struck me as odd. The city is named after the US-99, which once bisected it (now just WA-99). Federal Highway US-99.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2018, 02:35:05 AM »

Bug Tussle AL, Little Heaven, DE, Sylacauga, AL, Gomer Pyle was born here.
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Re: Strange place names
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2018, 03:27:45 AM »

There's a Bugtussle, Oklahoma, too. 1970s Speaker of the House Carl Albert was from there.
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