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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-10-27 00:11
  Subject:   Paging fantasygoat...
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http://www.gagalchy.com/2006/you-named-it-what/


Of course, my favorite example of this kind of thing remains that "Exit 69" one...
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Willow: Happy Willow
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2006-10-29 01:14 (UTC)
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In case I haven't mentioned it, exit 69, Big Beaver Road is part of the directions to my uncle's house. I almost went off the road the first time I saw it. Wonder how often that sign gets stolen...
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-10-29 03:40 (UTC)
  Subject:   I guess, that would be TMI...
Though it doesn't translate well into English, the name of the largest factory near the place where I lived in Gomel is often "misinterpreted" as "Homosexual Machinery" (really it's "Gomselmash", an abbreviation of "Gomel Agricultural Machinery" in Russian).

On the factory's 50th anniversary someone got a bright idea to rename the street where I lived from "Severnaya" ("Northern") into "50 years of Gomselmash", so that name was on all my documents that I had to bring to Moscow when I went there to study. And since the factory was only well-known in Belarus, no one in Moscow was accustomed to the name or thought that obvious distortion would be too cliche.

On the other hand, no one on Moscow seen anything wrong with my last name (Belits). In Gomel "Novobelitsa" ("New Belitsa", though completely unrelated to me) was a part of the city where a large mental hospital was located. My less than mature classmates thought, it would be funny to pretend that "Belits" means "Belitsa Hospital patient".
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