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Flash
718592.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:41 pm Reply with quote

It is a constant source of simple-minded amusement in the US, that you can be driving along in the middle of nowhere, and a sign will pop up to say that you're 5 miles from some village that's just down the road from where you live in England. It suggests wormholes, or something - you could go left and you'll be in Dodge City, or right and you'll be in Basingstoke.

 
Spud McLaren
718593.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:41 pm Reply with quote

There's the question - "At what does Oxford currently score 21 to Cambridge's 15?"
Ian Dunn wrote:
So Oxford is beating Cambridge 21-15.

 
Flash
718594.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:42 pm Reply with quote

Yes, that's quite promising.

 
bemahan
718599.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:48 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
No.
Shame.

 
Spud McLaren
718602.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:55 pm Reply with quote

Ain't it, though?

 
Bondee
718606.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:01 pm Reply with quote

While they're travelling overseas, Iowans often refer to themselves as Idiots Out Wandering Around.

I'm postong from my phone at the moment. I'll find a source next time I'm on my PC.

 
bemahan
718619.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:18 pm Reply with quote

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Must look out his "Lost Continent" book to see what he has to say about Iowa.

 
suze
718625.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:32 pm Reply with quote

There are three places in the USA called Des Moines. The one in Iowa where Bill Bryson was born is the largest, and is the one usually understood by the name. It is pronounced "duh moin".

Des Moines, Washington is pronounced "duh moinz". Of the three, it's probably the one that most non-Americans will have passed through, because Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is there.

Des Moines, New Mexico is pronounced "dez mwan".


Meanwhile, who was born in Riverside, Iowa on 22 March 2233?

 
Spud McLaren
718679.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:42 pm Reply with quote

Tiberius.

 
bobwilson
718724.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:16 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
Meanwhile, who was born in Riverside, Iowa on 22 March 2233?


Shame on you suze - you mean - who will be born.

 
Ian Dunn
718743.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:00 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Meanwhile, who was born in Riverside, Iowa on 22 March 2233?


Jesus Christ in the second coming?

By the way, another interesting fact: There are two "Riverside Stadiums" in the North-East of England. One is the home of Middlesbrough F.C. and the other is the home of Durham C.C.C.

 
suze
718759.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:13 am Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
Shame on you suze - you mean - who will be born.


Good point bob. That is, of course, exactly what I meant!

 
Ian Dunn
718761.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:36 am Reply with quote

Returning back the list, I've just come across something really interesting: Iowa has towns called "Laurel" and "Hardy".

You can also find "Laurel" in Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York and Virginia.

There is also:

* "Laurel Hill" in Florida.
* "Laurel Lake" in New Jersey.
* "Laurel Springs" in New Jersey.
* "Laurel Hollow" in New York.
* "Laurel Park" in North Carolina and Virginia.
* "Laurelville" in Ohio.
* "Laureldale", "Laurel Mountain" and "Laurel Run" in Pennsylvania.
* "Laurel Bay" in South Carolina.
* "North Laurel", "South Laurel" and "West Laurel" in Maryland (no sign of an "East Laurel").

Meanwhile, "Hardy" is in Arizona, Iowa and Nebraska.

That means that both Iowa and Nebraska have towns called "Laurel" and "Hardy" in them.

 
Spud McLaren
718901.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:10 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
"North Laurel", "South Laurel" and "West Laurel" in Maryland (no sign of an "East Laurel").
Coastal erosion?

 
Ian Dunn
718904.  Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:26 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Ian Dunn wrote:
"North Laurel", "South Laurel" and "West Laurel" in Maryland (no sign of an "East Laurel").
Coastal erosion?


Or prehaps it is like Craggy Island. It just broke of in a storm.

 

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