Towns with really weird names

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Post by flatfoot » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:42 am

Sexmoan (Luzon, Philippines)


...is just another small third world town with absolutely nothing in it. Also, it's officially changed its name to Sasmuan (sass-moo-AHN) which is how the original name has always been pronounced anyway.

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Post by flatfoot » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:01 am

Soda 2.0 wrote:Sexmoan is an amazing name for a town. The odds on a town getting that name by coincidence seem too great to be true...though I assume it is coincidence.


The town had been called Sasmuan even before the Spanish people came to colonize the Philippines. I think it's still being debated who actually spelled it Sexmoan, they or the Americans. My guess is it was the Spaniards; they ruled for over 300 years and recorded the names of every single town and village in the country. If this is right, then the sexual connotation was in all likelihood a coincidence. Of course, it's also possible that the Spanish correctly phoneticized it as Sasmuan, and the Americans changed it to Sexmoan for comic relief. Anyway, that's probably more history than you care to know.

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Post by crzypt » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:25 am

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Sodom, NY
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Post by Polardude » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:28 am

Intercourse, PA
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Post by Xerius » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:24 pm

I walked through a village in Suceava county, Romania last summer that was named "Clit". Couldn't believe it when I saw it. It only consisted of maybe six or seven houses though, so I doubt it shows up on many maps. Anyhow, it's just about 5-6km down a dirt road from Arbore (where one of the lesser-visited, UNESCO-listed painted monasteries is)

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Post by Lost Soul » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:41 pm

I'm surprised Fucking, Austria has gotten a pass.

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Hairy Hills, Alberta
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Post by Felix » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:47 pm

Soda, you forgot to give credit for the Ende pun.

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Post by Xerius » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:01 pm

I always thought Dorking, England would be an embarrassing place to be from.

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Post by muthafunky » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:11 pm

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Post by AntiEverything » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:20 pm

Not really a town - more of a hamlet up in Yorkshire -

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Post by kunghit » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:56 pm

Climax, Saskatchewan, just up the road from Big Beaver.

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Post by CatScanMan » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:52 pm

Aberystwyth.

Bet y'all can't pronounce that.

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Post by CatScanMan » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:32 pm

hehe

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Post by AntiEverything » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:41 pm

CatScanMan wrote:Aberystwyth.

Bet y'all can't pronounce that.


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Post by koolhass » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:32 pm

you can never miss Pussay, France

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Post by shunter » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:15 am

AntiEverything wrote:
CatScanMan wrote:Aberystwyth.

Bet y'all can't pronounce that.


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Post by RainbowFrizz » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:19 am

St. Louis du Ha! Ha!, Quebec
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Re: Towns with really weird names

Post by shunter » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:52 am

Soda 2.0 wrote:Cunt, Spain


Might as well end the thread here - no where to go.

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Post by rider5 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:49 am

Xerius wrote:I walked through a village in Suceava county, Romania last summer that was named "Clit".


Was it hard to find?

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Post by Xerius » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:40 am

rider5 wrote:Was it hard to find?


Not really, but then I doubt you'd just happen upon it driving. It was on one of the two roads leading out of Arbore towards Radauti (a larger market town NW of Suceava) . . . the dirt and gravel one, to be precise. I got caught out in the rain on an afternoon out, with no way of getting back to Suceava because the buses and maxitaxis had stopped for the day. Tried to hitch, but there was no traffic, so I had to walk that route to find my way to a main road back to Radauti. I would never have found it if some old Romanian ladies hadn't pointed me in the (wrong) direction.

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Post by Polardude » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:31 am

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Post by AntiEverything » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:36 pm

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Post by Felix » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:41 pm

Here's me, thinking Soda would give me credit for my Ende of the earth line. I didn't even protest when he used it in his article, and now he's passing it off as his own again.

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Post by Felix » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:58 pm

Soda 2.0 wrote:No way - I'm not convinced you can prove beyond reasonable doubt that the line is, in fact, original.

I have a suspicion it was first used by a Brazilian writer in the early twenties.


You took it from the email I sent you, giving you advice for Nusa Tenggara. That's okay - I'm flattered that someone as arrogant as you saw fit to claim it as your own. I suspect that's how you do most of your writing, cobbling together little bits you've stolen and plagiarized from others. Of course, I never thought you'd have the sack or the honesty to admit to the obvious, so I'll indulge you, Sauda.

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Post by Felix » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:33 pm

Soda 2.0 wrote:Actually, Felix, I think I heard it from a good 20 other people as well.

Arrogant I may be - but not quite arrogant enough to think I invented the most commonly used backpacker saying since 'banana pancake'.


I see. So instead of admitting to stealing a quip for your article, you are admitting to using a tired cliche in your article. Pride leads you to strange places, Sodaboy. "I'm not a plagiarist hack; I'm a cliched hack!"
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Post by Felix » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:41 pm

After having read your article, I have a hard time believing you encountered twenty other travelers who knew where Ende was. Are you saying that you lied in your article, and that Flores was overrun with backpackers? Things must've changed quite a bit since 2003, when I was the first white man on Flores.
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Post by thoughtpolice » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:16 pm

Why don't you both fuck off, and take the feud outside this Branch?

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Post by Xerius » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:20 pm

Soda 2.0 wrote:
I walked through a village in Suceava county, Romania last summer that was named "Clit".


Was it hard to find?


Nice, very nice....

I was going to go down there myself, but apparently every month or so the place is out of bounds with flooding.


Now I can proudly claim that through instinctive wandering, I happened upon "Clit". Who says exploration doesn't lead you anywhere? Many dudes spend their whole lives never knowing where it is.

Then again, maybe I should be a little disturbed that it was two old ladies that pointed the way. . . .

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Post by invertebrate » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:01 pm

Soda 2.0 wrote:What are your favourites - other than the all time great Mianus, I'm a fan of:
Wank (Germany)


Wank is the name of a mountain and not a town
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Post by invertebrate » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:05 pm

Felix wrote: Things must've changed quite a bit since 2003, when I was the first white man on Flores.


Hmm.... I must have been a person of color in 1989 if you were the first white man on Flores in 2003
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Post by jono_in_adelaide » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:16 am

Wankie
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Post by jono_in_adelaide » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:36 am

Actualy, Wankie's name was changed to Hwange, but some of the businesses there still used the old name.
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Post by Cogito » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:49 pm

Not rude, but I was brought up within a really short distance of Pity Me and Quaking Houses.

I like our local place names. Not that far from me now are Huish Episcopi and Ryme Intrinseca. I think that's wonderful.
ergo... um...

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