A World of Funny Place Names
You can consider yourself quite lucky if you live somewhere like Lucerne, Barcelona, Tuscon or Cape Town. Nice, for example, sounds particularly pleasant. You don’t have the problem of explaining to people that you live in somewhere like Armpit, Alabama or Necrosis, North Carolina. No doubt great places to live, but possibly not the best addresses to have on your CV, “So… you studied Goat Breeding with Politics at Weeping Ear Tech… interesting”. I think you can see the problem here. With that in mind and counting yourself lucky (unless you live in Milton Keynes), welcome to the world of strange, unusual and downright funny place names… and yes, there is an Upper and Lower Dicker in East Sussex, England.
From the 2010 census, the population of the town of Intercourse, Pennsylvania is a paltry 1,274. This does seem to indicate that Intercourse is really badly named. That is unless the population consists of four adults and an awful lot of children.
Probably named after the German town of Worms. The Nebraskan Worms has a Facebook page ‘Things to do in Worms’ which has a total of one entry, although to be fair it’s a good one. Not only that, but according to the Wikipedia entry the town had its own post office between 1897 and 1902. Somehow, despite all this, the Worms tourist board just isn’t quite selling it to me. It’s widely believed that Worms, Nebraska was the inspiration for the ‘Tremors‘ series of movies. We think they should capitalise on this.
Weener is a very pleasant little town in the district of Leer (yes, seriously), in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is famous for not inventing rubbery red sausages in bread rolls. These were actually invented in the Dutch town of Sowzarjinabuun and are spelled wiener.
Llanfair… etc. is the longest recognised place name in Europe and one of the longest in the world. Because hardly anyone speaks Welsh it’s much easier to say than most people think. The only bits you need to know are the start: ‘Llanfair…’ and the end, ‘…gogogoch‘. Memorise these and then stick something like ‘…diddly wibbly wobbly luvly jubly nobbly nibbly silly willy noshly nubbly…’ and so on in the middle. Keep the middle going for a short while, 15 to 20 minutes should do it. You’ll be fine so long as you remember the gogogoch bit at the end.
Buggerru, Sardinia, Italy.
When we first heard about Buggeru, we automatically assumed it was in Australia and named after something sordid and illegal (well possibly illegal, it’s an odd place Australia). We pictured rugged, sun-bronzed men in small shorts and big hats, singing “tie me kangaroo down sport” round a billabong. Sadly Buggerru is a beautiful seaside town on the island of Sardinia in Italy. It looks like a lovely place for a holiday, but the closest thing they have to a kangaroo is rabbits. Lots of rabbits. I think they’re starting small and building up.
Assmannshausen is a lovely, traditional looking town in Germany. If you do a Google seach, the first thing that comes up is ‘Things to do in Assmannshausen’. This provides a handy list of fun, touristy things to in Assmannshausen, along with useful tips and advice such as “to avoid surprise always stand against the wall”
Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania
We should have thought more carefully before asking young Kevin, our intern, to find an image to go with an entry about Gobbler’s Knob. Three days to research a single photograph! What was he looking at we ask? Gobblers’s Knob is a small town, each day is much like the last, but it does have a thriving rodent weather forecasting business.