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starlagurl
post Jul 14 2008, 05:06 PM
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In case we needed some more potty humour in here, The Venere blog has come up with five of the funniest names for towns in France...drumroll please...

1. Condom
According to our sources not an actual member of the association, but too good not to mention. This lovely town of 7,000 inhabitants is situated in the South of France in the region of Midi-Pyrenees, about 120 km north-west of Toulouse. Coincidentally, the town of Condom is on the river Baïse which in French without the dots on the i is the not-so-sophisticated word for the sex act.

2. Monteton
Monteton literally means “My Tit” in French. This tiny little town only has around 230 inhabitants and is situated in the Aquitaine region in the South of France.

3. Corps-Nuds
The village of Corps-Nuds, literally “Naked Bodies“, is situated in the Brittany region of France, 18 km south of Rennes.

4. Saint-Arnac
The French word for Swindle is spelled arnaque but is pronounced the same way as the arnac spelling. This town is literally called “Holy Swindle“. The town of Saint-Arnac is located in the very south of France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region at 40 km west from Perpignan.

5. Vatan
Don’t let the unwelcoming name of Vatan stop you from visiting it. Vatan means “Go away” in French and is located at about 50 km west of Bourges in Central France in the Loire Valley.

Editor's note: Vatan was also the host town for the sixth annual meeting of French mayors of towns with funny names. Next year’s meeting will be held in the town of Bouzillé (”broken” or “ruined”), 55 km east of Nantes.

Who knew there was a meeting for such a thing...?!


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post Jul 15 2008, 08:40 AM
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We ought to open this blog to everyone to give us towns with funny names in their country. I'm sure there are some pretty weird names around there.

How about Two Egg in Florida. http://www.twoeggfla.com/



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post Jul 15 2008, 09:04 AM
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I love these biggrin.gif

I was recently amused by Krapina in Croatia...
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post Jul 15 2008, 10:28 AM
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Hmmm...yeah there are a bunch in eastern Canada, like Heart's Delight and Dildo.


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post Jul 15 2008, 10:52 AM
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I just can't imagine how the people feel who live in places like Krapina, Dildo and Condom. It certainly makes a great conversation opener at a cocktail party or for picking up a companion at a bar.

Hi! I'm Martin and I live in Dildo. Where do you live? Hi Martin, I'm Louise and I live in Condom.

Wouldn't that be the prefect beginning to a lifetime romance?


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post Jul 15 2008, 10:54 AM
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..... you're nuts....


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post Jul 15 2008, 12:08 PM
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Haha, genius, Martin!

I've found a whole website full of them: Funny Town Names

A selection:
Cockintake (United Kingdom)
Ballplay (Tennessee)
Cockplay (Scotland)
Moreheadsville (Pennsylvania, USA)
Onacock (Virginia, USA)
Twatt (Orkney, UK)

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post Jul 15 2008, 12:33 PM
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Oh my goodness... boy do we love the potty humour...


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post Jul 16 2008, 10:01 PM
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Well, this isn't as funny as the ones listed above, but we drove through a teeny town called Dingville (California) yesterday. It gave us all a chuckle.


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post Jul 16 2008, 10:42 PM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Jul 15 2008, 12:08 PM) *



I've found a whole website full of them: Funny Town Names

A selection:
Cockintake (United Kingdom)
Ballplay (Tennessee)
Cockplay (Scotland)
Moreheadsville (Pennsylvania, USA)
Onacock (Virginia, USA)
Twatt (Orkney, UK)

Ho ho ho



omg laugh.gif there sure are some very "different" names out there...... "onacock" ?? "Cockplay"?? gotta love "Twatt" though bahahaa now thats funny


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post Jul 17 2008, 12:58 AM
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Suppose its better to live in Twatt than with a Twat!
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post Jul 17 2008, 05:51 AM
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just found out theres a suburb in Western Australia called "Innaloo"
you could actually start a thread of places with funny weird names


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post Jul 17 2008, 08:25 AM
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QUOTE(inasia2008 @ Jul 17 2008, 06:58 AM) *

Suppose its better to live in Twatt than with a Twat!


Hahahaha, that well made me laugh Jo!
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We are going to have our work cut out to find places that aren't already noted in "funny town names". By the way, I registered Two Egg, Florida. If you find names they haven't got yet, like Innaloo, send them to the site.


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post Jul 17 2008, 08:51 AM
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QUOTE(kitkatgo @ Jul 16 2008, 11:01 PM) *

Well, this isn't as funny as the ones listed above, but we drove through a teeny town called Dingville (California) yesterday. It gave us all a chuckle.


Yeah, I like that one too.

I just looked for some from Ontario, I've only been to Wawa:

* Bummers Roost
* Buzwah
* Carrying Place
* Cheapside
* Hoards
* Ochiichagwebabigoining
* Oil Springs
* Pain Court
* Pickle Lake
* Precious Corners
* Pronto
* Proton Station
* Scugog
* Swastika
* Wawa
* Whitedog
* Wild Goose
* Wiseman's Corners


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post Jul 21 2008, 03:25 PM
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I found Mysore, India (gross)

and then there's Walla Walla, Washington & Kalamazoo, Michigan


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Well what about the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home of the famous Oshkosh B'Gosh children's clothing.


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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jul 21 2008, 02:31 PM) *

Well what about the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home of the famous Oshkosh B'Gosh children's clothing.


Good one, Martin...love their clothes. They are known for their baby overalls.


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post Jul 21 2008, 06:26 PM
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QUOTE(kitkatgo @ Jul 22 2008, 06:34 AM) *

QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jul 21 2008, 02:31 PM) *

Well what about the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home of the famous Oshkosh B'Gosh children's clothing.


Good one, Martin...love their clothes. They are known for their baby overalls.


Yeah me too, Alex wears their clothes! I had no idea it was a place though, how funny!
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What's in a name?

By Jonathan Christie

Cockington

Just a mile from Torbay's seafront lies the thatched village of Cockington, whose pretty houses are steeped in history. Nelson dined at Cockington Court, and Lutyens designed the local pub, where sniggering over the village name is kept to a minimum. Quiet and quaint, Cockington is a pricey place to live and its proximity to the "English Riviera" makes it a honeypot for holidaymakers.

Lickey End

In spite of large-scale development in the 1990s, Lickey End is a local beauty spot that makes up one part of the Lickeys, a collection of villages near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. It draws walkers looking to explore the Lickey Hills, and there's a good local school, making it popular with families. Residents ignore the wisecracks about their village's name, maintaining a dignified air in the face of ridicule.

Nob End

Nob End, near Bolton, Lancashire, is a 21-acre site that includes the southern half of the village of Little Lever. It was formed by the dumping of toxic alkali waste during the 19th century, which resulted in an unusual landscape of chalk-loving vegetation. This rare site of special scientific interest is offset by the distant industrial landscape of Greater Manchester and the quaint cottages that line the nearby waterways and weirs.

Thong

Thong is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hamlet, south-east of Gravesend in Kent. It has absolutely no connection with skimpy undergarments. Travel links, however, are good – it's just 500 yards or so from the A2 (almost too close) and five miles from Ebbsfleet International station. The few shops that are there wouldn't see many people through the week. Luckily, the giant Bluewater centre is close at hand.

Ugley

Ugley in Essex is anything but; it sits between Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford, in prime commuterland. The name probably means "Woodland clearing of a man named Ugga". The Ugley Women's Institute grew so tired of the juvenile jibes that they changed its name to the Women's Institute of Ugley, a rebranding exercise not yet repeated by the Ugley Farmers' Market.

Pratts Bottom

Located just within the M25 motorway, to the south of Orpington in Kent, Pratts Bottom was first recorded as Spratts Bottom in 1773, but it quickly changed to its present form, meaning "valley of a family called Pratt". Very expensive and very desirable, its moniker seems to make no difference to people seeking rural bliss in close proximity to London. The village website admits that it is "often the butt of jokes".

Lower Swell

Fans of the puerile will love Lower Swell in Gloucestershire. Not only does its name raise eyebrows, but the river Dikler and the Golden Ball pub rarely fail to raise a smile, too. That said, it has some of England's finest countryside, a tranquil village green and plenty of mellow stone cottages – and the quintessential Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold is just up the road.

Wetwang

Wetwang is a Yorkshire Wolds village that sits on a busy main road along the coast. Debate surrounds the origins of its name; it means either "field for the trial of a legal action" or just "wet field". Whatever the meaning, the name attracts so many sniggers that the late Richard Whiteley was bizarrely made the honorary Mayor of Wetwang, a title now held by the BBC Look North weatherman Paul Hudson.

Twatt

Fifteen minutes' drive north of Stromness in Orkney lies the hamlet of Twatt. The name comes from ancient Norse, meaning "small parcel of land" – and there's not a lot there apart from a clutch of unexciting buildings and the A967. The beauty of Twatt, though, lies in its wild setting, breathtaking views and a sense of total isolation. Houses here are decidedly affordable.

Balls Green

Sounding more like a reason to visit the doctor than a dot on the map, Balls Green is a tiny hamlet between Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead, close to the borders of Surrey, Kent and Sussex. It has pretty peg-tile cottages and detached, oversized houses clustered along its one quiet lane. Too small even for a pub, drinkers need to look a few miles up the road to the Dorset Arms in Withyham to slake their thirst.

Penistone

Penistone is a thriving market town west of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, in the foothills of the Pennines. Its name derives from the Old English "tun", meaning farm or village; Penstun and Penstone are early versions of the name. The Domesday Book simply refers to it as "wasted". It has all the amenities you'd expect in a rural town of 8,500 residents, including a cinema, farmers' market and, er, morris dancers.

b!$@%field

Five miles south of Grantham, Lincolnshire, is the delightfully named village of b!$@%field. But the name's definitely its main attraction; there's nothing to see, just two groups of buildings connected by Dark Lane, and a small chapel. Beware: avoiding b!$@%field because of its name may land you up in nearby Bulby, Aslackby, Sproxton or Burton Coggles. Not much of an improvement.

Tosside

Tosside in Lancashire is considered by residents to be the smallest place in the world. Its origins stretch back to the Vikings, with its name derived from "tod", meaning fox, and "saetr", meaning high summer pasture. Located between the villages of Slaidburn and Wigglesworth, within the Forest of Bowland, it's a designated area of outstanding natural beauty that can be explored on foot or bike. It may be tiny, but Tosside does have a pub – the Dog and Partridge.

Prickwillow

Prickwillow is set on the banks of the river Lark, four miles east of Ely in Cambridgeshire. The "Prick" in Prickwillow is said to be a reference to the "prickets" of willow – long, thin skewers used to make thatch – that grew in the nearby marshes. The village lies below sea level and a series of pumping engines were installed to ensure that the land remained arable. Some of them can be enjoyed at Prickwillow's Museum of Fenland Drainage.

Crapstone

Crapstone in Devon is to be found on the western edge of Dartmoor, one mile away from Yelverton. The locals are fiercely defensive of their village, even starting a campaign on Facebook complaining about a television advert that claimed to be set in Crapstone but was actually filmed near "the Pimple" in Tavistock. It has been noted that Crapstone's industrial hub is the Crapstone Business Park, while its financial district is the counter of the local post office.

Bell End

Five miles up the road from Lickey End is the minuscule hamlet of Bell End. Set on the busy A491, between the M5 and Stourbridge, in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire, it consists largely of the Bell Inn pub and a couple of houses. So there are very few residents to suffer the shame of living in Bell End.

Cockermouth

Cockermouth in Cumbria sits at the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent. It's an ancient town, with Roman, Viking and Norman influences, which has grown over the centuries to a population of nearly 8,000 people. It's the birthplace of William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian. In spite of its proximity to the Lake District, it suffers much less from summer tourists than close neighbour Keswick (that means Cockermouth is not as popular or pretty). It's also home to the Belfagan all-female morris dancers.

Spital in the Street

Boasting just a few buildings and a public phone-box, Spital in the Street joins a long list of Lincolnshire places with a hint of unsavouriness. It's on the busy intersection of the A15 and A631, north of Lincoln, and has the equally daft Owmby-by-Spital and Normanby-by-Spital as near neighbours. Not as remote as it seems, Spital in the Street is half a mile west of Hemswell Cliff, which has a school, museum, pub and hotel.

Titlington

The cheekily named Titlington is six miles west of Alnwick in Northumberland and 10 miles from the coast. The population has dwindled over the years, and it now consists of a few houses and the spectacular Titlington Mount, a country pile used for corporate functions and weddings.

Upper Dicker

Originally the site of a medieval trade centre ("dicker" means barter), Upper Dicker sits within sight of the South Downs near Polegate. Not the prettiest village (or name) in the area, the housing stock is a mixture of Downland vernacular and modern boxes, slightly blighted by a fast through-road. There's a smattering of shops along the main road and the posh St Bede's senior school is in the village. Lower Dicker is just down the road.

Muff

Muff – from the Irish word "magh" – is a village in County Donegal, on the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Over the last decade, Muff has seen a huge growth in population, with people from Northern Ireland moving across the border. The first week in August sees the Muff Festival – and there's a diving club in the village called, yes, the Muff Diving Club.


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