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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2020, 03:30:07 PM »



Sorry, doesn't count.  Superman must be real, because Google had to blur his face.
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The statue is indeed real.  But that's not the title of the thread.

It is a joke that since Google's face blurring algorithm is intended to protect the privacy of real individuals and that the statue having its face blurred that implies that Superman is in fact a real person. The fact that it was a joke was made all the more clearer via the use of an animated "smiley" graphic, a common tactic used in discussion forums where verbal tone is not ascertained.   :nod:

Yes, I know.

Also, the license plate on the car nearby is a real person's face too.

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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2020, 07:53:36 PM »

There's also this neighborhood in San Antonio which has both a Beowulf St and Brigadoon St.

Brigadoon is a fictional place, rather than a character, but that could also be an interesting sub-category. Probably more common than characters, if I had to wager. (Lake Wobegon is also mentioned above.)

Local clown J.P. Patches has two things named for him in the Seattle area:

Hmm, another interesting case. Obviously that's not the performer's real name, and a clown portrayal is of course a characterization, albeit one that's associated with a specific real individual (though not necessarily, in all cases). That might be considered more of a "persona" than a "character", especially for those performers who use their real names and embody exaggerated versions of their ostensibly-real selves in their work (shock jocks and conspiracy theorists, that sort of thing).

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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2020, 10:00:05 PM »

From my old neck of the woods:  The Mothman Museum.  Wait a second, that statue overlooks Main Street along the Ohio River in Point Pleasant but the real version was a block further east overlooking WV-2/WV-62:
https://wchstv.com/news/local/man-photographs-creature-that-resembles-legendary-mothman-of-point-pleasant
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2020, 10:58:29 PM »

I assume this cluster of a Snoopy Lane, Linus Court, and Peppermint Lane near Salem, Oregon is not merely an incredible coincidence.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2020, 04:04:25 PM »

Without doing any farther digging, isn't the State of California named after a fictional work or a character in a fictional work?

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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2020, 11:22:11 AM »

Without doing any farther digging, isn't the State of California named after a fictional work or a character in a fictional work?

Named after a fictional land, not a fictional character.  Though, in the most popular theory, that work of fiction also included a character whose name resembled that of the land.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2020, 02:41:25 PM »

Passing by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge the other day, it made me wonder…what other roads, bridges, etc. are named for fictional characters?

(Publicly-controlled facilities only—for obvious reasons, let's exclude places like the Disney parks.)

One obvious sub-category will be streets and developments with names taken from legendary figures like Robin Hood, King Arthur and so on, who may or may not be real persons, but who are clearly so fictionalized as to be essentially fictional.

I will stay away from Las Vegas, Orlando, and Anaheim. Those who wish to grab low-hanging fruit may wish to explore a street index of those cities.

Scotts Valley, CA has "Santa's Village Rd"
Rachel, NV has "The Extraterrestrial Highway"
The three states of California (two in Mexico, one in US) are all named after a mythical character.



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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2020, 11:18:03 PM »

Santa Claus, Ind.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2020, 09:17:25 AM »

Santa Claus, Ind.

I hope there's no little kids reading this over their dad's shoulder.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2020, 10:22:28 AM »


Dogpatch, Arkansas (renamed Marble Falls after the amusement park failed)
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2020, 11:50:06 AM »

Santa Claus, Ind.

I hope there's no little kids reading this over their dad's shoulder.

There's a Santa Claus, Georgia as well.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2020, 04:32:19 PM »

While the modern-day Santa Claus is a fictional/legendary/mythical figure, such is based on the quite historical Saint Nicholas.  Kind of iffy.
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Re: Things named for fictional characters
« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2020, 05:46:30 AM »

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