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September 11, 2015

Welsh Weather Report

Recent weather forecast for Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. More info: cbc.ca

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 11, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Weird Names, Weather

April 15, 2015

Odd Place Names of Missouri

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Original article here.

Tightwad, MO
Crybaby Holler, MO
Barely Do, MO
Old Dishrag, MO
Hell on the Line, MO
Not, MO
Rat, MO
Competition, MO
Koshkonong, MO
Peculiar, MO
Frankenstein, MO
Romance, MO
Braggadocio, MO


Yup, them's some odd names, allright.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Names, North America

December 7, 2013

The Assassin Brothers

Nowadays, with a name like 'The Assassin Brothers', these two would probably be offered a reality TV show deal .


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – October 18, 1895
via the British Newspaper Archive

AN AWKWARD CHANGE OF NAME.
There are in France two brothers with the surname of Assassin, who recently obtained the necessary permission from the high functionary called the Keeper of the Seals to change their name to one less offensive. After mature reflection, they decided to change their name to Berge. Now that it is too late to alter it, they have discovered, to their intense annoyance, that their new name happens, by a singular coincidence, to be that of the chief assistant to M. Deibler, the public executioner, who will, in all probability, succeed to M. Deibler's gruesome business.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 07, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Weird Names, Nineteenth Century

February 28, 2013

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 - Thu Feb 28, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Weird Names

February 7, 2013

Follies of the Madmen #198



Sloggis? Really? Isn't that the worst name for briefs?

Still in business, so it must work, I guess.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 07, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Weird Names, Underwear, 1980's

January 2, 2013

Pronounciation Help Needed

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[From The Providence Journal 12/31/12]

Was there a shortage of vowels in this woman's homeland, when her husband's surname, and hers by marriage, was coined? How do you even begin to say it?

"Marker-tosh-jan"? "Maker-tisch-jan"? "Muck-root-sack-hyj-an"?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 02, 2013 - Comments (18)
Category: Weird Names

October 2, 2012

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 - Tue Oct 02, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Geography and Maps, Weird Names, Advertising, 1950's

August 23, 2012

Kayser the Spy

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The Reverend Kayser sounds like a real piece of work. German propagandist, adulterer, real-estate conman, and possible saboteur. A man accumulates a lot of possible murderers with that resume.

Bonus points for being named "Kayser" during World War I.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 23, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Real Estate, Religion, Sexuality, War, Weird Names, 1910's

August 17, 2012

The Town of Swastika, Canada

Swastika is a small town in Ontario, Canada. (wikipedia link). It was founded in 1908, and got its name from a nearby gold mine. Then the Nazis went and adopted the swastika as their symbol, which made things a little awkward for the Swastika townsfolk. But despite pressure from the Canadian government, the townsfolk resisted changing the name of their town. After all, they had the name first! And so the town has kept its unusual name, to the present day.



Several pictures of Swastika from Steve Colwill's flickr account. The Swastika Laboratories sounds a little sinister.



Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 17, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Odd Names, Signage, Weird Names

February 28, 2011

The Strange World of Gurney Slade

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Click on text for a version more readable.

To watch an episode of this bizarre cult show, start with Part 1 here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 28, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Television, Weird Names, Surrealism, 1960's

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