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Satanic Thomas Guide

The front cover of the 1997 Thomas Guide road atlas for Los Angeles and Orange Counties boasted that the guide that year included "666 new streets."

This prompted concerned Christians to start calling the publisher of the guide, fearing that the use of the number 666 was some kind of satanic signal.

Eventually the publisher recalled the Guide and issued a new one, with a revised cover boasting only "665" new streets. A Thomas Guide spokesman said it wanted buyers to "feel confident with the use of our product."

I've found a few of the satanic Thomas Guides for sale on eBay. However, I've been unable to find any of the revised ones.



More info: La Times - Oct 28, 1999

Update: I spoke too soon. Using some slightly different search terms, I was able to track down one of the revised (non-satanic) Thomas Guides for sale on eBay.



Of course, the revised cover was a bit of a hoax. There actually were 666 new streets, but they were telling people there were only 665. Unless they actually deleted one of the streets from the guide. An appropriate street to delete would have been Devilwood Circle, in Westminster, CA (Orange County).
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 29, 2015 | Comments (18)
Category: Geography and Maps, 1990's

Sleepy Eye, MN

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Wikipedia page here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 29, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Geography and Maps, Odd Names, Regionalism, North America, Native Americans

The Sunshine Belt

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As Alex showed us earlier, Florida merited a celestial spotlight to be shone upon it. But it was not the only favored land!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Advertising, 1910's, South Pacific

West End, New Jersey

West End, New Jersey has a minor claim to fame as the birthplace of Dorothy Parker. It used to be its own village, but now I think it's just a suburb of Long Branch. But what makes it unusual is its name. It's surrounded on three sides by Long Branch, and on the other side it faces the Atlantic Ocean. So what exactly is it on the west end of?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 28, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Weird Names

Welcome to Cumback


[From Life Magazine, Mar 31, 1958]


Of all the towns in America, why did they choose to feature Cumback in their ad? Or was 1958 a more innocent, pre-internet era when the term 'cumback' didn't have the same connotations (see Urban Dictionary) that it does today ?
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 02, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Geography and Maps, Weird Names, Advertising, 1950's

Fuller’s Dymaxion Map

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Thanks to Robb of Warren for reminding us of this odd map. I took the image out of Comments, where it was too big, and resized it for display here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 16, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Geography and Maps, Reader Recommendation

Turnabout Map of the Americas

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Suddenly I feel dizzy....
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 16, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Geography and Maps, 1980's

Latitude Zero



This campy spectacular was long unavailable in the USA. I watched it last night and can report that it is full of prime-grade weirdness. If you have ever wanted to see Caesar Romero transplant a woman's brain into the body of a winged lion, now is your chance!

Earth’s High and Lows Graph

This will give you an interesting perspective on the "Deep Horizon" well. When compared with the highest part of the atmosphere and the deepest sea trench, it is an amazingly deep well. Thanks to "Our Amazing Planet" for some great work. Sorry for the size!!

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I like the graphic for other reasons. Who knew sharks could swim so deep?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Jun 25, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps

Atlas Obscura

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Something tells me the average WU-vie could spend all day exploring this site of strange places.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 06, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps
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