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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

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World’s Saddest Spots

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 31,139 mod
This online collection of maps show some of the world's saddest places - at least in name.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/6rJHGN/:DlYxRR$9:OKN9b0I!/www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sad-topographies-maps

For example, there are many routes to Misery. From the north, you can take the Rue du Jeu de Paume; from the east, the Rue de Licourt; and from the south, the Rue de Billy, a meandering asphalt track that winds past bare fields, under an open sky. Any of these will lead to this French village of around 140 residents, 90 miles north of Paris.

There's a Lonely Island and a Heartbreak Lake.

Do you know of any unusual place names? I used to have to giggle when I passed a village called Ugly near to where I grew up.

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  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 910 ✭✭✭
    edited April 15
    Once I learned there was Sodom town (Kirov province Shabalinsky county N 58° 11' 31.5024" E 47° 6' 59.7384" Postcode 612027
    And as Google maps have revealed there is one in the UK near Liverpool.
    There is also a river which name is translated as Seven Sins river.
    Not sure whether those are really sad places, maybe just the opposite. Though there is Little Hope in TX, USA, that should be a sad place. They even have a church called in this way: The Little Hope Baptist Church.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,749 mod
    There is a "sad street" near where I live with my partner. I am not sure who thought that was a good idea!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,139 mod
    It seems that the US has more than its fair share of gloomy names for towns @Practical_Severard:

    Point No Point, Washington
    Dismal, North Carolina
    Misery Bay, Michigan
    Tombstone, Arizona
    Cape Disappointment, Washington
    Skull Island, Washington
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 910 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16
    > @mheredge said:
    > It seems that the US has more than its fair share of gloomy names for towns
    Canada isn't lagging behind
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,139 mod
    Britain has some charming names for its towns. Maybe not so sad either @Practical_Severard. Names like Upton Snodsbury, Pucklechurch and Barton in the Beans.


    http://mentalfloss.com/article/69445/43-charmingly-odd-british-town-names
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 910 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16
    An entrepreneur of the Russian city of Samara has built a fantasy medieval castle on the banks of Volga. That's been a wierd placement:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Замок+Гарибальди/@53.821892,49.085513,6z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xfa01543e1b8231d4!8m2!3d53.8218922!4d49.085513?hl=en-EN

    Especially because it's neighbouring gardening allotments what adds some serfs into the scenery:
    http://kleinburd.ru/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/0_1441c4_5894ffa7_orig.jpg

    It's a kind of a hotel which website is http://www.garibaldicastle.com/castle/index.html
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,139 mod
    Have you been here @Practical_Severard? It looks fascinating.

    I sent the article about the Philippines to my friends who go there from time to time @Vok. It's dreadful the place has been so badly abused, especially for local people.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 910 ✭✭✭
    > @mheredge said:
    > Have you been here @Practical_Severard? It looks fascinating.
    >
    > I sent the article about the Philippines to my friends who go there from time to time @Vok. It's dreadful the place has been so badly abused, especially for local people.

    No, it's actually away from regular touristic routes.
  • VokVok Posts: 555 ✭✭✭
    I can't remember any places with unusual names off the top my head. I just wonder whether people living there in such places are affected in any way.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,139 mod
    Im not sure if I would like to live in a place with a sad name @Vok. But I suppose they just get used to comments and ignore them.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,749 mod
    mheredge said:

    Im not sure if I would like to live in a place with a sad name @Vok. But I suppose they just get used to comments and ignore them.

    Yes I think you would just start to think of it as home and you wouldn't think about what it was called once you had heard it enough times.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,139 mod
    But the poor ladies in Ugl'y, Essex who have to put with being members of the Ugly Women's Institute!
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