March 3, 2006

「変な通りの名前コンテスト」結果発表:Strange Street Names Contest Winners

Psycho Path in Traverse City, Mich.
(courtesy:The Car Connection)

This is the winner chosen from more than 2,500 entries at "TheCarConnection's Wild, Weird, and Wacky Street Names Contest" hosted by Mitsubishi Motors. Michelle Logsdon, who submitted this, will be given a brand new Garmin C330 portable GPS navigation system. See its official announcement.

三菱モータースが出資する車情報ポータル「ザ・カー・コネクション」が行ったオンライン公募「ワイルドで変で妙な通りの名前コンテスト」の結果が先週公表された。2,500以上の応募の中から一般投票と審査で見事グランプリに輝いたのは、その名もズバリな「Phycho Path Pvt.」(ミシガン州トラバースシティ)。「サイコ通り:私道」の意味だが、どうしても「Phychopath(精神病患者)」に見えてしまう。一体この先にはどんな住人が・・・。私道は所有者が勝手に名前つけて登録できるアメリカならではのネーミング、受賞はこれが初めてではないらしい。応募者ミシェル・ログスドンさんには携帯GPSナビシステムGarmin C330がプレゼントされる。

Divorce Court in Heather Highlands, Pa.

The second winner is Divorce Court (off Easy Lane).

BBC NEWS tells a story about the residents;

"Jeff Zellar has lived in Pennsylvania's Divorce Court with his second wife for a few years. 'People laugh when they hear it. They ask: 'Are you planning on staying married?' 'In Divorce Court, there are seven homes - and probably six of us have been divorced already once. When we first moved in, my wife said: 'This sounds like trouble.' Mr Zellar is still married."

さて第2位はペンシルバニア州ヘザーハイランズの「Divorce Ct.」。Ct.は家が10軒ぐらい並んでいる小さな行き止まりの袋小路Courtの短縮形だが、「Divorce Court」だと…「離婚裁判所」だろ~。袋小路には違いないが(笑)。小路を出た表の道は「Easy Lane(お気軽横丁)」。ここの人たちは離婚裁判所からお気軽横丁を通って毎朝通勤し、お気軽横丁から離婚裁判所に帰宅するんですな、うん。

2人目の奥さんと住んで数年になる住民ジェフ・ゼラーさんはBBCにこう語っている。「みんなこれ聞くと笑うんだ。で、こう訊いてくる。’結婚生活続けんの?’ DivorceCourtには家が7軒あるけど、うち6軒はたぶんバツ1。引っ越してきた時はさすがのカミさんも”なんだかイヤな響きねえ”って言ってたっけ」

The Top 10 Results

1. Psycho Path in Traverse City, Mich. -精神病患者
2. Divorce Court in Heather Highlands, Pa. -離婚裁判所
3. Farfrompoopen Road in Story, Arkansas (the only road up to Constipation Ridge)
4. The intersection of Lonesome and Hardup in Albany, Ga.
5. The intersection of Clinton and Fidelity in Houston
6. Bucket of Blood Street in Holbrook, Ariz.
7. Unexpected Road in Buena, N.J.
8. Shades of Death Road in Warren County, N.J.
9. The intersection of Count and Basie in Richmond, Va.
10. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon, Texas

More findings from BBC NEWS

*Unpronounceable Zzyzx St.
*Stroke and Acoma Streets in Lake Havasu, Wis.(*Acoma=Indian tribe name)
  -「脳卒中」×「Acoma(ネイティブの部族の名前。昏睡=a comaと同音意義)」通り交差点。周辺は老人ホーム密集エリア
*Clinton and Gore Streets, Toronto
*Hooker and Bliss Streets, Chicago, IL
*Jacka*s Hill, near Santa Fe
*Needless Road, Perth, Scotland


Anonymous said...

Farfrompoopen Road is not in Tennessee; it is in Arkansas. AP made the error, and it has been perpetuated hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of times.

The Web site reported on the contest sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, and correctly referred to Farfrompoopen Road on Constipation Ridge in Story, Ark. But the Web site had at least one error in reporting that the intersection of Stroke and Acoma is in Lake Havasu, Wis. There is no town named Lake Havasu in Wisconsin. There is, however, a Lake Havasu City in Arizona, and Stroke Drive is near the golf course. Acoma is not “a coma” but is the name of an ancient Indian tribe.

satomi said...

Thank you soooo much! I made corrections accordingly. You saved my day. From next time, I'll double check the names with yahoo!map! Grazie mille.

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