Thursday, June 17, 2004

I swear this is real

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From MetaFilter: Have you heard of Fucking?

In Austria?

As a result of increasing attention from the media, Fucking has become more and more well–known throughout the world.

Apparently it’s as old as the hills. Well, not quite. But still a very old place. MetaFilter also points to the Amish (ha!) town of Intercourse, in Pennsylvania, and Pussy, and Condom, in France.

Wikipedia has a list of other unusual placenames: I particularly like Big Bone Lick (Kentucky), Bastardo (Italy), Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (a lake in Massachusetts), Dildo (Newfoundland), Lord Hereford’s Knob (a hill in the Welsh Borders, also called Twmpa), Muff (Northern Ireland), Fok Shitt Wan Kaa (Northern Thailand), Little Shittington (in a fictional English country I made up myself), Pissing–by–the–Sea (ditto), Simmering (in Vienna, Austria), Twatt (in both the Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland) and finally the seemingly unpronounceable Zzyzx in California.

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