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Discussion in 'The Rumble Strip' started by GranTurNismo, Aug 21, 2019.
For the country I actually live in, there are some strange town names in Slovakia. A quirk is that towns with historic market rights, analogous to things like Market Drayton or Market Harborough in England, have the name of the day of the week that the market used to take place as part of the town name.
Dunajska Streda - Danube Wednesday
Rimavska Sobota - Rimava Saturday
In both cases, the Dunaj and Rimava are rivers and the settlements are the market towns that take place along them. That is to say, the name of the town is not Dunajska (Danube), it is explictly Dunajska Streda (Danube Wednesday).
Other unusual names when translated:
Sebechleby - Bread To Self
Hnilec - Rotting
Vranov nad Topľou - Crow On Warm River
Komárno - Mosquito Town
Modra - Blue
Bytča is funny because you do pronounce it Bitch-a, slightly close to "beech" but very much bitch because of the T.
There are loads of small towns and villages with dumb town names taken from something literal for some weird mediaeval reason but my Slovak isn't good enough to know them or what they mean.
Deadman's Island, Vancouver
Lost Lagoon, Vancouver
Its just a 30 min drive away from where I live.
There is a town here in Scotland called Ayr. Not at all unusual in it'self, but it's centre is named after a legendary race driver...
... Apparently there's also one in Australia.
Point of Ayr is also the most northernly point in mainland Wales.
There is a town called Rottenegg. We speak German here so this means nothing, but its quite funny if you read it in English.
Marchegg is an Austrian border town on the railway between Vienna and Bratislava. English speaking people find the idea of a marching egg quite funny.
Interestingly, I found that Weed is higher than its people...
I've been to the Center of the World - it was located in Ohio, for some reason.
I've been to Oddville, Kentucky; it wasn't that unusual.
A need for Speed? It's in Indiana, but much closer to Louisville than Indianapolis, off I-65:
Moving along Wheel, Tennessee:
How's business in Crook, Colorado?
You can travel southwest on Interstate 95 to get to North East, Maryland:
The legend of Bigfoot lives here in Texas:
Liberty (Ohio) isn't that uncommon of a place name, though it's ironic to see that traffic laws are photo enforced...
Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania. (Never mind that the route number isn't 84, and "Houston" further messes with my head.)
Loving County, Texas...ironically, the least-populated county-equivalent unit in the United States:
They know you're coming to Preemption, Illinois...
...because they have a Bigneck:
...is anyone missing a small pet in Illinois?
Christmas, Florida has is where the War on Christmas is commemorated:
Least-strange place name? ...Maybe not?
And then there's:
Sun City, Arizona
Neptune, New Jersey
(I'll let you find Uranus.)
Lastly, here's me with Leia and Luke in Vader, Washington - my son tried to do an impression of Luke in Cloud City:
That reminds me of this scuba club in Muff.
I like how there is a Muff Divers Hall Of Fame.
Been there in ATS!
One of mine from California in 2009:
I-75 Exit 69: Big Beaver Road. This exit is still one of the all time best road signs in Michigan. I'm amazed that this sign hasn't been posted yet.
MUFF, DONEGAL, IRELAND
There is actually a diving club...
The American TV series "The Crossing" mentioned a town called Square Butte (or something like that).
There's a street in my state called Chicken Dinner Road.
There’s a town in east Kent called ‘Reading Street’, and for some reason a hamlet with the same name in another part of Kent... (Relatedly to cars, not far from a road leading directly to the first one I mentioned is a parked up Renault 5 in white.)
Reminded me of this thread. All real locations, by the way.
Came here for this, leaving satisfied.
I live near Fingerinhoe but it’s not as exciting as the name suggests.
This one's not really that strange but I'll mention it since it's local to me. 15 minutes away from my area is a municipality called City of Orange Township. The neighboring towns are East Orange, South Orange, and West Orange, all of which are also townships. I don't understand why it's called "City of Orange" when it's a township, not a city. Especially when it's a suburban area, not urban like a traditional "city".
There's not much in the way of funny town names locally other than towns named after other places, like Mexico or Boston, NY (and more). But there are some amusing road names. Cockram, Podunk and Gilhooly road come to mind.
Why isn't it called North Orange?
Because it isn't any more "north" than East or West Orange, thus it wouldn't make sense for that.
Since I live in Ohio now:
Defiance (There’s a folk punk band with the same name).