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No-one can really define what being British is, though many have tried. One thing that lots of people do seem to agree on is that part of being British is a love for and an appreciation of the British sense of humour. This can be roughly and with a sweeping generalisation said to consist of equal parts of finding fun in everyday situations Peep Show), satire and parody (Have I Got News For You), social awkwardness (The Office), surrealism and nonsense (Monty Python) and innuendo (the Carry On films).

Focus on that trait of innuendo for a moment. Could you possibly combine the British fondness for innuendo with geography and put it on a map? It turns out you can. So I did. It may be vaguely NSFW but there’s real geographical data behind this.

Rude Places Map

Maybe it’s part of bring British, but an airport whose code is BUM is just … funny.

As a classic Web 2.0 style maps mashup, this is never going to win any awards for originality or innovativeness. But the source of each of these vaguely rude sounding names was from Yahoo’s WOE data set, before the data was released via the GeoPlanet API and (currently offline) GeoPlanet Data download. A list of real but amusing sounding place names, culled from GeoPlanet by one of the old Yahoo! Geo team, has been sitting in a file on one of my backup drives for too many years now. But given a geographic data set. Stamen’s wonderful Toner map tiles and a JavaScript maps API, in this case Leaflet, the temptation to make a map out of it all was just too strong.

Yes it’s a map, yes it’s geographical innuendo and yes, it’s very much part of the British sense of humour. If you’re British, try not to snigger too much; if you’re not British, just shake your head sadly and mutter “those crazy Brits”.

Written and posted from home (51.427051, -0.333344)
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Gary

A self-professed map addict, Gary has worked in the mapping and location space for over 20 years through a combination of luck and occasional good judgement. Gary is co-founder of Malstow Geospatial, which provides handmade, professional geospatial consulting. A Fellow of the RGS, he tweets about maps, writes about them and even makes them.


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andrew zolnai said ...

great humour, nice map but it has Climax, Saskatchewan S of 49 (US border)...

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Gary said ...

Looks like it depends on the zoom level; at some zoom levels it does look like the marker is south of the border but zoom in enough and it is actually north; plus the long/lat (49.2081809, -108.3895518) positions north of the border too.

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Rollo said ...

Some of these really are *very* rude.....#shocked #butamisurprised

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An interactive map of places with slightly dirty names

[...] offers a few more details about the map over at his blog. The choice of names leans decidedly British, which helps explain why he finds Missouri’s [...]

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ST said ...

You missed out Fak-Fak, West Papua. We pronounce it fukfuk, since the A is a long letter in Bahasa Melayu and Indonesia.

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A. Nuran said ...

You got Intercourse, PA How could you miss "Bird-in-Hand" and "Blue Ball", also in Pennsylvania?

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Carvott said ...

I have a nice suggestion, Cumwell Lane, Rotherham - http://goo.gl/maps/lfl1T Doing works off this road at the moment, and it makes me smile every morning :D

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M1A said ...

You missed Fucking, Austria! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking,_Austria

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Gordon said ...

A surprising omission, How about "Breast" in north west France? Famous for its dockyards in the Second World War.....

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Gary said ...

Nope; Fucking in Austria is definitely in there; see this screen grab - http://imgur.com/CyUXuKK -Gary

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Gary said ...

I'll add this, but it's Brest, not Breast. Plus there's also Brest-Litvosk in Belarus, Brest in Germany and apparently there's 3 of them in Macedonia as well. I'll add them all. -Gary

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Gary said ...

If I can find coordinates for them ... I'll add them in. -Gary

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Gary said ...

Nice. I'll add this. -Gary

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Gordon Clyne said ...

Brest- auto corrected on my phone - damn you technology taking the fun out of typing on a tiny keyboard. Sometimes we call my little hamlet WhoresBridge instead of Horsebridge.... Don't know it that counts

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Carvott said ...

OMG, Wetwang in East Yorkshire is missing! http://goo.gl/maps/CQ7O5 :D

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ST said ...

And on the subject of Fak-Fak, there's also the Arfak Mountains in the Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua - there is much Faking there.

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ST said ...

Apropos nothing, the bus that runs west along the coast from Fak-Fak is the Fak-bus. It's funny in hindsight.

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Gary said ...

Got to love those #damnyouautocorrect moments sometimes.

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Thoms said ...

minor correction but Spread Eagle, NL is actually part of Dildo, NL...what are the odds?

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A. Nuran said ...

Blue Ball Degrees Minutes Seconds: Latitude: 40-55'39'' N Longitude: 078-16'48'' W Decimal Degrees: Latitude: 40.9275574 Longitude: -78.2800153 Bird-in-Hand 40.0387° N, 76.1822° W And as a bonus Dildo, Newfoundland & Labrador 47.5644° N, 53.5492° W

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Bill said ...

What? No Climax, GA?

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allium said ...

There's Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bone_Lick_State_Park

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Gary said ...

An omission on my part; I'll add it. -Gary

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Gary said ...

Big Bone Lick State Park got added over the weekend; might need to clear your browser cache or do a forced page reload in case the back-end Javascript is being cached. -Gary

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Gary said ...

Human place names are a weird, eccentric and wonderful thing sometimes. -Gary

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Gary said ...

That's another addition!

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Gary said ...

Already got Blue Ball and Dildo, but just added Bird In Hand

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mil sepic said ...

In Ontario we're blessed to with two wonderful towns you can add to that delightful map; first is Fawkham which has no polite pronunciation and Dorking which I'm sure is not the Dor of the king.

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Sara said ...

So many glorious place named in Australia... The Entrance, Rooty Hill, Delicate Knobby (NSW); Mt Buggery (Vic) ; Nancy's Peak, Koolyanobbing, Iron Knob Well, Innaloo (WA) , Fanny Bay (NT). A search on http://www.ga.gov.au/place-names/ gives lat/long coordinates. You can use it to search anything, eg "Fanny" comes up with Fanny Lookout and Fannys Waterhole. Likewise "poo" reveals Poowong, Pooken Hole. It's endless.

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World’s Rudest Place Names: Interactive Map Charts ‘Vaguely Rude’ Town Names « Go to News!

[...] As Gale noted on his blog: “Could you possibly combine the British fondness for innuendo with geography and put it on a map? It turns out you can. So I did. It may be vaguely NSFW but there’s real geographical data behind this.” [...]

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Gary said ...

Couldn't seem to find Fawkham ON anywhere online; got a reference?

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Travel Blog | LOOK: Mapping The World’s Rudest Place Names

[...] As Gale noted on his blog: “Could you possibly combine the British fondness for innuendo with geography and put it on a map? It turns out you can. So I did. It may be vaguely NSFW but there’s real geographical data behind this.” [...]

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Ireland said ...

There's Cum in Ireland (Cum, Mayo, Ireland)

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Sol said ...

You made the news in NZ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865412 Congrats!

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Gary said ...

Interestingly enough the NZ Herald article looks lifted straight from the Daily Mail, who in turn, got my name wrong and used my blog post text (which they managed to mis-spell) without attribution. Also, I didn't "tell the Daily Mail", they just lifted the contents of the blog post and republished. -Gary

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Gordon Clyne said ...

How quaint. The Aussies were clearly taught by the Brits..... Who may have lived at Tollpuddle Ball, near Piddle, in Dorset, for all we know....!

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David said ...

I'd be more worried about having Cum in your Mayo

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David said ...

It does raise the point that you missed Whakapapa (in Maori the Wh is pronounced as F). WGS84 39° 14′ 14.49″ S, 175° 33′ 25.06″ E I can't confirm it, thought - I can't access the map (I'm guessing server traffic is a bit high since it went viral)

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Steve Monk said ...

Hi Gary, Another one for you in Fingeringhoe in Essex. and I know it's not technically spelt the way it should but i always thought Clitheroe in Lancashire was a bit rude ;) Cheers

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Ian said ...

How about Titz, Nord Rhein Westfalen, Germany?

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Darrin said ...

Cocking in West Sussex is my favourite, I always manage to get the other half rolling her eyes as we drive through it, if you'll pardon the pun.

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kay said ...

There is a Beaverton, OR on west side of Portland. Also, I believe there is also a Climax, CO

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LOOK: Mapping The World’s Rudest Place Names | New 2000

[...] As Gale noted on his blog: “Could you possibly combine the British fondness for innuendo with geography and put it on a map? It turns out you can. So I did. It may be vaguely NSFW but there’s real geographical data behind this.” [...]

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Gary said ...

I've looked at the server logs and there's been no down time that I can see ... http://maps.geotastic.org/rude/index.php ... ?

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Ian said ...

...and Slagelse in Denmark

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GoogleBig » Archive » A Slightly Rude Best of the Rest

[...] map’s creator Gary Gale has written a blog post explaining the British love of innuendo and how he created the map (the GeoPlanet API, Stamen map [...]

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Catherine said ...

Dildo, Newfoundland (Newfoundland is a pretty rich source!!!) https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=dildo,+newfoundland&ll=47.569809,-53.563156&spn=0.135507,0.267105&hnear=Dildo,+Division+No.+1,+Newfoundland+and+Labrador&gl=ca&t=m&z=12 Great map, thanks!

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Violin said ...

I remember as a child being greatly amused by Lynsore Bottom in East Kent http://www.explorebritain.info/locality-kent-lynsore-bottom-tr1649 - Pett Bottom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pett_Bottom is also local!

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Richard said ...

Condom in Gascony, France will make this map safer.

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Gordon Clyne said ...

On the theme of soreness, Over Wallop, Middle Wallop, Nether Wallop, in Hampshire uk.....

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Dave said ...

Other possibilities: Hooker County, Nebraska, USA. Moorhead, Iowa, USA.

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tamasys said ...

Can't forget Poowong, Victoria, Australia: -38.3431, 145.7639 :D

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Jan said ...

Weener. It's a small town in lower Saxony, Germany :)

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Henry said ...

There is a town called Cockburn in Western Australia.

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Alex said ...

Gary, there a little town in Belarus called Slutsk. We had a great time driving through commenting on the local population. Also Poon Hill in Nepal is a good un Awesome work! Very amusing.

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Mara said ...

In Germany, there's not only Brest but also Titz.

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Henry said ...

Hello Gary - you could add Cockburn, Western Australia to your map - 32° 6′ S, 115° 47′ O - www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/- the locals insist it is pronounced like Coburn - great map / great idea / like it !!!

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Henry said ...

Petting in Bavaria - http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petting_%28Gemeinde%29

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Christopher Cowell said ...

You seem to have overlooked Kikatiti in northern Tanzania. You're welcome.

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lex said ...

Wankham in Austria.

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Gary said ...

Added - http://maps.geotastic.org/rude/index.php?id=34

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Gary said ...

Thank you everyone for your comments and contributions; the map should be up to date with all of your suggestions. -Gary

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Pedro said ...

this is fantastic! here's a few more that hopefully will make the cut: Effingham, NH 43°45′40″N 70°59′47″W Belchertown, MA 42°16′37″N 72°24′05″W Elephant Butte, NM 33°11′23″N 107°13′22″W Log Lick, KY 37°51′29″N 84°1′37″W cheers! pedro

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and3000 said ...

My personal favourite, located in Nacka (on the edge of Stockholm)... a road called Fannys Väg. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Fannys+v%C3%A4g,+Nacka,+Stockholms+l%C3%A4n,+Sweden&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=59.305043,18.11414&spn=0.000568,0.001136&geocode=FWftiAMd-GUUAQ&hnear=Fannys+v%C3%A4g,+Sweden&t=h&z=20

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Shitterton, Wankie, Wet Beaver Creek: Exploring the World’s Rudest Place Names | Universal Travel Directory

[...] Check out the map right here. While you’re at it, read a little of Gale’s blog here. [...]

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Maggie said ...

My goodness, don't forget Balls Head, Sydney. Every time I catch the North Shore train, I pass the little sign on one of the first stations across the harbour - "Alight here for Balls Head." Never fail to giggle.

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