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#100654 - 04/10/03 05:36 PM Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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Well, here's a new article covering some old tyerritory, but with a list of etymologies, to boot! And, yes, Connie...Hell, Michigan is on the list! (it's even on the poll for the weirdest!)

http://makeashorterlink.com/?N25333C24

One nit note: Intercourse, PA (the Pennsylvania Dutch) has got dibs on that Alabammy town.


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#100655 - 04/10/03 09:12 PM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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>Intercourse, Alabama: Named for the crossroads where the general store sits. True story: A sign was posted outside the town's meeting hall promoting the local ladies' sewing instruction group. It read, "Intercourse Lessons Wednesday Night." After several car crashes at that intersection, the good ladies were asked to remove the sign.<

Somethin's tellin' me milum was among the vehicularly-challenged fender-benders there (ahem)!




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#100656 - 04/10/03 09:23 PM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
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Like most of the stories on that site, it struck me as being apocryphal. Why would they put the name of the town to advertise the lessons rather than what they wanted to teach?

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#100657 - 04/10/03 09:34 PM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
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Aw, Bingley, you're no fun anymore!


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#100658 - 04/11/03 12:25 AM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
Coffeebean Offline
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There is a Boring, Oregon.


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#100659 - 04/11/03 07:25 AM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
Capfka Offline
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You implying it's Bingley's home town? I assure you it isn't. Although where he does come from could very well turn out to be boring ...

Here's a placename story. Now you guys all know that I'd never pull anyone's leg over anything at all, and that's a fact.

But when I was leading trail rides for a friend's riding stables up the Shotover River (named after Shotover in Scotland), I got to put my own stamp on at least one place name with a limited, nay, select group of people.

The Shotover was a gold river, the richest in New Zealand and only beaten, I understand, by the Klondike. One bend in the river, not far from the state highway and on the trail we rode, was called Cyanide Point. The trail is about 300ft above the river on some fairly steep bluffs, and it's pretty much a direttissimo into the river if you fall. It was named after some old cyanide tanks that had belonged to a quartz-rock gold mine and it says so right on the pamphlet that we handed to the riders before they left. But someone would always ask. Always. And I'd always say "Well, it's a long way down. One drop and you're dead."

The funny thing is that a lot of the riders had read their pamphlets before they left. But I was never "corrected". Tittered at from time to time, but not called a liar ...

- Pfranz

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#100660 - 04/13/03 08:30 PM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
Jackie Offline

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One woman, though, did not follow CK's instructions; she got off her horse for a better look at the river, and came to a tragic end. Her name? Eileen Dover


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#100661 - 04/14/03 02:35 AM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
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Jackie, don't even think of coming to Ireland. That pun just changed my mind about capital punishment ....


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#100662 - 04/14/03 05:23 AM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
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oh, her poor husband, Ben.

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#100663 - 04/14/03 07:13 AM Re: Sweetlips to Toadsuck: Oddest Town names
Jackie Offline

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