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    Dave and Deb
    April 1, 2010

    We have some strange names in Canada. I wrote a post last year about odd names in Canada that I would love to visit myself. Most notably Dildo Newfoundland. My proof that it exists

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    April 1, 2010


    or maybe deadhorse

    or perhaps Mule Shoe

    I think i’d go for Mooloolaba..

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    Tan Wee Cheng
    April 2, 2010

    I will be going to Wallis & Futuna this coming June:)
    I love the following place names: Ouagadougou, Antananarivo and Bujumbura. Worth going simply for the names. Been to the first two; was supposed to go to the last but a few rebel rockets landed the day I was supposed to fly in, and I cancelled my flight…

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    Andy Jarosz
    April 2, 2010

    Dave and Deb, some fabulous names there, none more crazy than Dildo, Newfoundland. No doubt one of those places where the locals are fed up of visitors posing by the signs to the town (same goes for Twatt in the Shetland Islands)

    Jim, good to hear from you! I particularly enjoyed reading about Deadhorse from your link. Longest night: 54 days, 22 hours, 51 min – that does not sound nice…

    Wee Cheng, you have covered so many places. I am in awe :-) You’ll have to share your stories from remote Africa. I agree that Ouagadougou is a wonderful name. But then so is Burkina Faso.

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    Shannon OD
    April 6, 2010

    Wow – this list makes me feel like I know so little of the world! Love the names and I’ve learned something today too :-)

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    james willcox
    June 7, 2010

    I grew up in a town called Sandwich so i find that foreign names that sound a bit rude or incongruous are one of the best reasons to travel.
    There is a village near LongSheng in China’s GuanXi province called Long Pu that rarely fails to bring a smile to my face.
    The Major of Batman in Turkey claiming he would sue Warner Bros suggests that living in a strangely named place makes you strange.

    Of course these are just weird due to translation but in Central Asia they like to go a little left field in their own language. Astana is the name of Kazakhstan’s new capital. Nothing funny except that in Kazakh Astana translates as “Capital”. Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek translates as a kind of milk churner and Tajikistans capital Dushanbe in Tajik means ….. Tuesday.
    Go figure.

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    Andy Jarosz
    June 8, 2010

    Thanks for the Central Asian education James; I’d never have guessed those names! Esp. Tuesday, or Dushanbe… strange indeed. I was always surprised to find White Stane o’ Willies on a map of Shetland, and have never understood why it hasn’t appeared on any of the lists of rude sounding place names…

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    June 10, 2011

    Fucking. In Austria…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking,_Austria (pronounced differently in German…apparently the Village traffic sign has been stolen quite a lot by English speaking tourists…

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    June 10, 2011

    Fakarava (Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fakarava

    the most beautiful, pristine reef with hundreds of sharks hanging in the current on the south pass on any single dive – who would guess with a name like Fakarava?

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    June 10, 2011

    Ski resort in NZ called Whakapapa. . ..not so funny right? But the Wh is pronounced as a F!

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    June 10, 2011

    Actually, because of work, I’ve been in São Tomé and Príncipe quite a few times… I really liked it! There’s a weekly flight from Lisbon, and a less trusworthy one from Libreville… It’s a hikers and trekkers paradise… The country is so small, people call each other “cousins”… haha

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    June 10, 2011

    There’s a place called kickatinalong in Vic , Australia

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