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21 June 2007

Weirdest Named Places on Earth

Welcome to Fucking, Austria. Please be safe and first go to Wedding, Germany! If you thought that was awkward, then wait till you read what's coming up. All places have historical origins, but there are places with names that are weird, funny and not appealing to its English meaning. Regardless the words have no etymological connection to the meaning in English. There are so many of them, it's strange that a "Worst Named Place" contest doesn't exist.

Among the places that top the list of places with weird English words, there are kind words like:

Nice in Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azure, Kissing in Germany, Cool in California, Beclean in Romania, Good in West Virginia-USA, Smile in Kentucky and one of the most common word for a town, Paradise in United States (California, Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington) and also in England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Since earth has a balance of good and evil; if a place is named Paradise the opposite can also be found. Yes, Hell is also on Earth, with three places named as Hell. One in Grand Cayman, one in Michigan and another in Norway. Looks like good wins this time!

Few places are named with nasty words such that you feel dirty after reading them, let alone living there:

Bitche, Pussy, and Die in France (also Condom in Gers-France), Fake in Nigeria, Horneytown in North Carolina, Fucking and Kicking in Austria, Intercourse in Pennsylvania, Cockburn in Australia, Cockup in England (also Cockermouth in England), Bangkok in Thailand, Dick in Mozambique, Toad Suck in Arkansas, Dildo in Newfoundland, Muff in Ireland, Titty Hill in England, Kinki in Japan, Thong in England, Hookersville in West Virginia, Sexmoan in the Philippines, Tittmoning in Germany, Assawoman in Virginia, Middelfart in Denmark, Rectum in Netherlands, Shitterton in England, Shit in Iran, Rottenegg and Worm in Germany. Then there are four places called Moron in Sweden, Mongolia, Argentina, and Cuba. How about we finish with Climax in Saskatchewan province, Canada? or:

- Climax, North Carolina
- Climax, Colorado
- Climax, Georgia
- Climax, Kansas
- Climax, Michigan
- Climax, Minnesota
- Climax Township, Michigan
- Climax Springs, Missouri

Other names might simply mislead unfamiliar people in places called:

America in Netherlands (spelled Amerika in Dutch), La France in South Carolina, Canada in Kentucky and California in Pennsylvania. Not forgotten are heavenly body names like Mars and Moon Township in Pennsylvania and Mercury in Nevada.

Here is the best part of it all. How lucky is it to be named after a famous super hero; Batman! He who we know is in Gotham city, is also named for a real city in Turkey. There is even a Batman River!

This post was written by Elmer Aquino from Kabayan Junction. If you are interested in contributing to the thinking process and become a guest writer on The Thinking Blog, find out more information here and be my guest!

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