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Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 03:56

Just a few interesting geographical facts: The Canary Islands are misnamed: The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa are misnamed. The Romans called them Canariae Insulai, which means dog islands. They used this name because of the many canines they found there. But for centuries people have mistakenly believed the islands were named for the canary bird. In fact, the canary bird, also found on these islands, gets its name from the Latin Canaria, pertaining to the dog. Greenland: The largest island in the world, got its name not because it has lush green fields which the name implies, but rather because people were purposely misled to believe that it had greenery, or good place to grow crop to make a good living. Viking explorers called the frozen island in the Arctic Circle Greenland to attract settlers, who otherwise might have been scared off. However, only the coastal area turns green and even this greening occurs solely during Greenland's brief summer. But long after the Vikings had passed and their subterfuge had been discovered, the erroneous label remained as the island's official name. West Indies: The islands that today constitute the West Indies got their name from Christopher Columbus, who mistakenly called the area Indies because he thought that they were part of the Indies island of Asia. Cleveland: The largest city in Ohio, one of the leading industrial centers of the United States, was founded in 1796 by a surveyor for the Connecticut Land Company. His name was Moses Cleaveland, and a village formed on the site he had surveyed along the southern shore of Lake Erie was named after him. But in 1831 a newspaper printer misspelled the name, dropping the a from Cleaveland. The village now grown into a city has been known as Cleveland -without the a- every since. Interestingly, residents of Cleveland lovingly refer to their city as the mistake by the lake, but not necessarily because of the typographical error.


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Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 14:43

Bah! I guess not enough childish drama to keep much interest in some things I thought were quite interesting. Grrrrr . . . . fine! Al Gore is a liar and his global warming theories are about money and nothing scientifically factual!!!!!!


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