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Author Topic: Unoriginality competition.  (Read 1998 times)
MarcusJuliusCroft
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« on: June 26, 2014, 05:50:52 pm »

I declare now, the opening of the most UN-ORIGINAL names ever competition.  There is no prize except the honour of being the person to advertize the most unoriginal name.

For instance, to begin with, as I am Australian.

The Great Sandy desert, and the Little Sandy desert.
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 07:12:52 pm »

The microscopic germ
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2014, 07:07:18 am »

The United States is full of places with inane names.

Just northwest of- and attached to Austin is the community of "Round Rock," home of high tech factories after the 1990s.  And who can forget that capital of the State of Arkansas, "Little Rock."  Why not just call it "Big Stick?"

Welcome to No Name, South Dakota
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names.jpg

Here you can ponder all of life's mysteries:
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names10.jpg

No matter what you're looking for, you won't find it here.
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names13.jpg

Why not?
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names14.jpg

How boring can a destination be?
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names17.jpg

On the other hand this must have been more interesting - but they never told me why
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names3.jpg

Most unlucky of places
http://content4.viralnova.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/city-names9.jpg

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But we also have more descriptive names.  Names which paint a picture of the times when they were established:

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
I wonder how that place got its name. I've actually been there - it' off the route from Texas to California)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico

It is 30 miles (48 km) away from Spaceport America,  "the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport"

We also have:
Purgatory (State of Maine)

Hell (State of Michigan)

And the very descriptive "Route 666" in Arizona




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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2014, 08:29:17 am »

Hasn't this been done before?
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2014, 04:36:18 pm »

Hasn't this been done before?

Well I was going to start another one, unless of course you object and we get rid of this.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2014, 05:38:01 am »

A few others, that although not unoriginal unoriginal, are just plain weird and disturbing
Diapur, Victoria
Tom Ugly, NSW
Mount Buggery, Vic
Nowhere Else, Tasmania
Yorkeys Knob, Queensland
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2014, 06:47:36 am »

Hasn't this been done before?

Well I was going to start another one, unless of course you object and we get rid of this.

I think objecting would be a little too radical for the present circumstance. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2014, 06:50:22 am »



It would seem to be somewhat less fortunate than Come By Chance, Newfoundland, although that might depend upon how you feel about North Atlantic weather.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 05:20:37 pm »

Mount Buggery, Vic

I would hate to see the journal entries, documenting the climbing of that!
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 07:20:46 pm »

Would Biggar, Sask. qualify? ("New York is big, but we're Biggar!")
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 08:46:30 pm »

(AHH Victoria, many a happy hour spent at Saltwater Creek in Wombat state forest)

Anyhoo Pointless names of places, Mendip is full of them:

"Butcher's Arse!"
(As in THAT cave will never go as long as I've got a hole in my arse, next session the diggers broke through into the main streamwway!)

"Rectum Inlet"
(an unpleasant polluted (mainly cow(ish) squeeze in Manor Farm Swallet.)

"Chocolate Canal"
(Shipham mine - from the brown liquid mud it contains)

There are a multitude of names all over the subterranean world, I have chosen 3 of the "cleanest" by far!

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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2014, 06:01:05 pm »

The town of Lake Jackson, Texas has the following street names:

This Way
That Way
Any Way
Which Way (formerly; renamed at insistence of bank)
Circle Way
Parking Way
Winding Way
Run Way (formerly; runs to the regional airstrip)
His Way (newer addition; runs behind a church)

City officials are on record as amenable to continuing the naming practice.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42344364/ns/travel-destination_travel/t/no-way-streets-texas-town-go-every-which-way/
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2014, 04:48:09 am »

Toronto has a major(ish) street called Avenue Road.

They couldn't decide what it was?Huh
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2014, 07:17:56 am »

Lots of Welsh names, when translated into English, are pretty unoriginal - which is why many different towns and villages all over Wales have the same name.

Examples: "Brynmawr" simply means "Big Hill"; "Pen-y-Bont" means "End of the Bridge"; "Aberporth" means "Harbour at the Mouth of the River"; "Eglwys Fach" means "Little Church"; etc., etc....

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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2014, 04:07:16 pm »

Slough
A town in Berkshire, England
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2014, 09:34:04 pm »

 New Zealand is made up of 2 main islands

 The North Island  and  The South Island

 - and yes they are placed correctly as per a map
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2014, 11:51:58 pm »

Toronto has a major(ish) street called Avenue Road.

They couldn't decide what it was?Huh

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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2014, 12:52:12 am »

There's a road in the city I call home called 'Needless Alley'. I guess it must have seemed like a pointless addition to the town planners?
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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2014, 11:34:39 am »

In Riverside CA there is a Wong Way and Easy Street, and in Santa Ana -also in California - there is a Memory Lane. I have heard that Truth or Consequences got it's name from the old TV show. Also there is a town called Intercourse that I believe is in Illinois.   
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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2014, 03:33:39 am »

Also there is a town called Intercourse that I believe is in Illinois.   
That's not banal, that's perverted. Different thread. (Along with the Newfoundland towns of Dildo and Spread Eagle.)
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2014, 11:31:24 am »

In USA one has to mention the state when talking about a town. America is known for it's double town names. Also, it seems that every European (especially UK) city is represented somewhere in the States.
There are a couple of Belfasts, a few Norwiches, an Amsterdam, a hand full of Romes. Even when they have an original(ish) name, they copy it to other States. There are five Franklins, three Jacksons and three Hancocks.
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« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2014, 08:10:01 pm »

Yes indeed. there is a Portland in Oregon as well as in Maine. Also there are the "Siamese twin" cities of Kansas City Kansas and Kansas City Missouri. 
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2014, 07:27:42 am »

In USA one has to mention the state when talking about a town. America is known for it's double town names. Also, it seems that every European (especially UK) city is represented somewhere in the States.
There are a couple of Belfasts, a few Norwiches, an Amsterdam, a hand full of Romes. Even when they have an original(ish) name, they copy it to other States. There are five Franklins, three Jacksons and three Hancocks.


Indeed.  You forgot Paris, Texas.   But having old-world names is not so unusual when you consider hat European immigrants wanted to "feel at home" or perhaps the geography reminded them of home.  Also the physical extension of the US helps explain why some names would be repeated.  Let's start with New York City's original name:  New Amsterdam.  Even Austin, Texas used to be Waterloo, Texas.

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New York traces its roots to its 1624 founding as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and was named New Amsterdam in 1626

On the other hand, the title of Most Unoriginal Father" goes to Boxer, George Foreman who names all of his 5 male children "George."  Thankfully, he did not name his remaining 7 daughters "George."
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2014, 08:09:04 am »

Don't mention New Amsterdam. It was the worse Dutch loss in the history of the Netherlands. Imagine how New York would be if the Dutch would still rule that city...  Wink

Not only did Foreman name his sons "George" he also named a grill "George Foreman"  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2014, 03:41:59 pm »

If my memory is functioning correctly there is also a Pittsburgh in California. BTW, South Africa has a Dublin, and Pretoria suburbs named Montana and Florida.
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