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Old 07-05-2007, 10:39 AM   #1
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..."Podunk, IA" as examples.
Watch it there, bud!

   
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Quite right. Bad geography. Bad. Send it to sit in the corner.

There's a Podunk in Connecticut, another in Vermont, New York, Michigan, and even in Belarus, but sorry. None in Iowa.

   
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There's a Podunk in Connecticut, another in Vermont, New York, Michigan, and even in Belarus, but sorry. None in Iowa.
And presumably none in Ohio.

   
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And presumably none in Ohio.
Nary a one. But you have to wonder what got between the ears of some of the folks that name these places.

Upper Sandusky, which is a good 50 miles *south* of Sandusky.
Big Island, which is nowhere near any detectable water.

   
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Nary a one. But you have to wonder what got between the ears of some of the folks that name these places.
Yes, there must be a decent story about them somewhere.

About half an hour from here is Coralville. This is the middle of the continent, but someone named it Coralville. Had me scratching my head for decades until a couple of years back I read the reason why. Here is Wikipedia's entry for Coralville.

   
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Upper Sandusky, which is a good 50 miles *south* of Sandusky.
Well, in many languages and place names, "upper" can indicate both "northern" and "higher" (on higher ground). And then there's the even more mysterious difference between "uptown" and "downtown".

   
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About half an hour from here is Coralville. This is the middle of the continent, but someone named it Coralville. Had me scratching my head for decades until a couple of years back I read the reason why.
Your statement made me think immediately of Tibet, where a lot of blood coral is found locally - yes, old sea bottom, but pushed up endlessly...

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Here is Wikipedia's entry for Coralville.
Ha! So I guessed right immediately:
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The city's name came from the coral samples that were found in limestone
Geology is fun! Stuff ends up in such unexpected places... I have a few blood coral things I brought from Tibet (a necklace and a silver ring with its "stone" made of coral) - very cheap because it's so abundant there!

   
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Very old coral indeed. We have lots of it hereabouts as well (also in fossil form)

   
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Well, in many languages and place names, "upper" can indicate both "northern" and "higher" (on higher ground). And then there's the even more mysterious difference between "uptown" and "downtown".
True, but usually you'd expect the "higher ground" upper-named place to be within a reasonable distance of the "lower" one. Close enough for there to be some reason for naming them relative to one another, so to speak.

These are just short of 100km apart.

Don't get me started on uptown. Some collection of harmless lunatics has decided that the area where I live is now Uptown. True, it's at a higher altitude than the downtown area, but so are all the nearby neighborhoods. There are hills in practically all directions from downtown. Why us?

Don't try to answer that. It takes a harmless lunatic to understand these things. I don't want you to hurt yourself. ;-)

   
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Upper Sandusky, which is a good 50 miles *south* of Sandusky.
So why does 'Upper' have to be north? Here it usually relates to the upper reaches of a river or creek, so we have Upper Caboolture south-west of Caboolture, but in the upper reaches of the Caboolture River.

   
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