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I heard a radio ad today that used strange place names of real places, like Deadhorse, AK. It got me to thinking about other strange names. Here in CA some do not seem strange until you translate to english, like Manteca (Lard) and Maricopa (Moth). Any others out there? I live in Exit. grin.gif" border="0

[ 01-14-2002: Message edited by: Dan Harris ]

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Howz about Walla Walla, Washington? (Water water, as I understand it, from the language of some local, early, indigenous inhabitants). It also means: Home of the State's worst (convicted) criminal offenders. This meaning, of course, presupposes the membership of this group. rolleyes.gif" border="0

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Not a place name per se, but:

There's a "Brown Material Road" between McKittrick and Blackwell's Corner in CA.

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Originally posted by Dan Harris:
I heard a radio ad today that used strange place names of real places, like Deadhorse, AK. It got me to thinking about other strange names. Here in CA some do not seem strange until you translate to english, like Manteca (Lard) and Maricopa (Moth). Any others out there? I live in Exit.
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If Maricopa is Moth, what then is Ventucopa?

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ScottP, I think I stepped in / on ? that road before. To bad it isn't found in Crappo, MD. Of course if we don't clean up our lives we may go to Purgatory, CO to repent.

Also been through that happening place George, WA.

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Originally posted by Dan Harris:
Truth or Consequences, New MexicoJoe, Montanaand at the base of Mount Shasta, Weed
[Wazzup]

Joe Montana was originally named something else that I can't remember not too long ago, but the town decided to change its name in honor of ol' Joe. Probably in a lame attempt to get tourism or something. Buncho lemmings, if you ask me!

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I always liked the combination of "Mexicali" on the Mexican side, and "Calexico" on the US Border. Very clever.

[ 01-16-2002: Message edited by: payaso ]

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Another real good one is Northwest of Las Vegas on the way to Death Valley, called "Pahrump!" What a shithole! Cheap land though and you'd be somewhat close to Red Rocks!?!? [geek]

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Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania

Dwarf, Kentucky

Santa Claus, Indiana

Horseheads, New York

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Knockemstiff, Ohio

Maggie's Nipples, Wyoming

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

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How about something more on topic - funny mountain names?

-Nippletop, in the Adirondacks

-And of course, we all know what Grand Tetons means.

-Big Bosom Buttes, North cascades.

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Originally posted by willstrickland:
Fern's Nipple, a little bump on the aquarius plateau in south-central UT.

heh, a little bump in UT... you kids with your fancy slang.

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