Category Archives: fun

Cities pronounced the same, but spelled differently

The following list identifies cities and towns whose names are pronounced the same, but are spelled differently. Any additions, suggestions, or corrections, are most welcome. Enjoy! Ashville, OH <-> Asheville, NC Baalbek, Lebanon <-> Balbec, IN – Thank you, Dan! … Continue reading

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Working list – Favorite fictional spies of film and TV

FILM James Bond – multiple actors (see image above) and multiple James Bond 007 films Ethan Hunt – Tom Cruise in multiple Mission Impossible films Jason Bourne – Matt Damon in multiple Bourne films George Smiley – Gary Oldman in … Continue reading

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Classic cartoon and comic strip rivals/adversaries

Archie vs. Reggie Batman vs. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and other villains Buck Rogers vs. Killer Kane Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd Bugs Bunny vs. Yosemite Sam Dagwood vs. Mr. Dithers Dexter vs. Susan “Mandark” … Continue reading

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Places that should be National Parks

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National … Continue reading

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Full city/town-to-city/town anagrams

Shown in alphabetical order by larger city (town) by population on the left and smaller one on the right. As there are likely many more examples of full city/town anagrams, please feel free to forward any not listed for inclusion. … Continue reading

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Really big, biG, bIG, BIG coin statues!

Just when you thought it was safe to come outside from winter hibernation and Covid lock downs, the Earth is now being overrun by very large coin statues. Will it ever end? Can only cryptocurrencies save us from such a … Continue reading

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Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and … Continue reading

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Tucumcari – Where signs are art

A recent trip through Tucumcari, New Mexico on old Route 66 revealed a litany of roadside history, not least of which were some amazing signs. The following photo montage depicts a sample of these structures and reveals the artistry of … Continue reading

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Restoring the AT&SF’s mighty 2926 Steam Locomotive

We had the privilege this weekend to visit the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s workshop near Old Town Albuquerque, to tour the ongoing restoration efforts on the immense 1944 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Steam Locomotive … Continue reading

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Largest partially enclosed rodeo arenas in the USA

This post, the third in this series, contains a list of the largest partially enclosed rodeo arenas in the USA. Partially enclosed generally means the facility is roofed but without side walls. This protects the participants and attendees from the … Continue reading

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