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1. jimdaly9815 March 2010, 18:02 GMT +01:00

Dez, just found this map of Oz. Could you give us an idea of where about you live.


26. crisderaud18 March 2010, 19:13 GMT +01:00

Book a cruise to Nothing, Arizona here:


(only 11 miles from Bagdad, AZ)

27. xymonau19 March 2010, 3:46 GMT +01:00

@25 - If you weren't so offensive, Jim, I'd find you boring.

Now, I have to protest the address of Baghdad, Arizona. Boy, whoever named that was dreamin'!

28. crisderaud19 March 2010, 4:03 GMT +01:00

Looking at Bagdad, I would say it's properly named.


Remember when looking at the map, Nothing is there!

29. crisderaud19 March 2010, 17:07 GMT +01:00


A staycation is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trip from their home to area attractions.

I've been on one for 10 years and didn't even know it.

Kinda like going to Nothing AZ, but really more like going to Nowhere, Oklahoma.

30. jimdaly9819 March 2010, 18:45 GMT +01:00


You must really have run out of place names. Didn't the natives have some you could have used? That worked in Australia. I know they ended up with 'Woomera and Wagga Wagga, but at least they won't be found anywhere else.

Can you imagine what might happen if someone gave orders to bomb Bagdad? (Especially when you had that cowboy with learning difficulties in charge.

31. xymonau20 March 2010, 9:23 GMT +01:00

Yes, it would be much more fun naming them something like Bum Bun Creek (outside Oakey in Queensland). I can't imagine anyone shouting instructions to, "Bomb Bum Bum!" with a straight face.

Cris, what other gems are you Americans hiding? LOL

32. xymonau20 March 2010, 9:23 GMT +01:00

Mind you, Americans call it their "butt" and have a different meaning for "bum". Maybe they wouldn't laugh at all.

33. jimdaly9820 March 2010, 17:45 GMT +01:00

I am passing no comments on what Americans use for a sense of humour. (Or should I say humor?)

Chris seems to have one. Is he perhaps the exception to the rule?

34. crisderaud20 March 2010, 22:54 GMT +01:00

The Beach Boys sang "Bomb Bum Bum, Bomb Bum I ran..."

Dez, we have in fact an entire web page dedicated to names of towns in the US that are unusual. Pick your category:

35. crisderaud20 March 2010, 23:47 GMT +01:00

Yes Jim, seriously, I do joke a lot! :)

36. xymonau21 March 2010, 2:08 GMT +01:00

I think my favourite is Copperopolis.

37. crisderaud21 March 2010, 3:44 GMT +01:00

Copperopolis is in my part of the country just off of California State Route 49 that connects all the old historic goldmine towns of the Mother Lode.

The towns along the winding old road are maintained like they were 150 yrs ago and are a major tourist attraction of California.

All that California gold made its way to the San Francisco mint where it was sent by paddle side-wheeler boats around the treacherous tip of South America and to the Eastern ports where it was added to the US treasury .

38. crisderaud26 March 2010, 3:36 GMT +01:00

This discrepancy needs to be resolved as the potato chip was invented by George Crum, 1953 in Saratoga, New York

There is little consistency in the English speaking world for names of fried potato cuttings. American and Canadian English use "chips" for the above mentioned dish. This term is also used (but not universally) in other parts of the world, due to the influence of American and sometimes "crisps" for the same made from batter, and "French fries" for the hot crispy batons with a soft core. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, "crisps" are the brittle slices eaten at room temperature and 'chips' refer to the hot dish (as in "fish and chips"). In Australia, New Zealand and some parts of South Africa, both forms of potato product are simply known as "chips", as are the larger "home-style" potato crisps. Sometimes the distinction is made between "hot chips" (fried potatoes) and "packet crisps", or simply "potato chips" in Australia and New Zealand.


39. xymonau27 March 2010, 10:10 GMT +01:00

They're hot chips or cold chips. No problems.

40. crisderaud27 March 2010, 10:41 GMT +01:00

Never thought about it that way. So we can just drop the crisps term and those will be the cold chips.

41. xymonau28 March 2010, 0:52 GMT +01:00

Well, that's how we do it in this country.

42. lennie28 March 2010, 1:02 GMT +01:00

Maybe those ausies aren't so daft as some of you think.

Then again. ;-)

43. xymonau28 March 2010, 1:51 GMT +01:00

I'm goin' fox hunting!

44. lennie28 March 2010, 13:55 GMT +02:00

*goes in hiding*

Back to the foxhole, working on search. ;-)

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