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the Dangers of internet naiveté

February 8, 2007


Being naive in this world and country is bad enough, but throw a blog or microphone in front of a retard and he’ll make noises:

I have noticed that the News Channel doesn’t always get cities right. The most glaring example of this is that it thinks Santa Ana, California is in Central America. If you keep up with the News Channel globe, you may see some other cities in the wrong place, too. If any of you have noticed that, please post a reply to this article. If you have any screenshots of this phenomenon, I will post them. E-mail those screenshots here.

Whoa thar, Bobbeh! Yew mean ta teyl me dat dem Santril Amarrikens er tayken ower sitti neims? Brang dem boas bak frum Eyrak an’ sennum ta Meheeco! Fer freedum!!

You really think Santa Ana is an English name, or that the Californian town was even the first with it, Bobby boy?

Dedicated to Chris (Bobby?) in Cousinfuq, Iowa.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2007 4:29 pm

    That is truly hilarious AND sad, all together…

    And I’ll bet you he’s in the majority here that think that all the names in the South are actually in English!

    California itself takes its name from the Mexican state, Baja California. It used to be one big ass single region until Santa Ana (yes, he is an actual historic figure from México) sold that big portion to the U.S. in the Nineteenth Century. México had the consideration for its citizens to label their California “Baja”, as in “below”. I guess the U.S. thought “our citizens will never think of looking south of the border… just leave it like it is!” and left the name of their portion as simply “California”.

  2. February 8, 2007 4:53 pm

    Thank you for cheering up my day. I actually just laughed my ass off at that guy.

    Sometimes, the sheer lack of thought in blog posts really does astound me. There should be some kind of basic common sense test that people have to pass before they get Internet access 😉

  3. February 8, 2007 8:53 pm

    No, seriously. Soon he’ll be saying that Honolulu is in an island chain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Please.

  4. frisby permalink
    February 8, 2007 11:32 pm

    When Robert LeSalle was exploring the lands he asked indians in the northeast what they called this land.

    They replied “shikaakwa”. Chicago today was named after what Robert LeSalle was told by the Indians. Shikaakwa apparently meant land that stinks, due to it being a swampland at the time.

    Thats just what a history professor told me once.

    Wiki says…
    The name “Chicago” is the French rendering of the Miami-Illinois name shikaakwa, meaning wild leek (an analogical extension of the original meaning of “skunk”.

    In Oklahoma, a whole fuck load of cities are named by Natives. Even old Mele knew about the damn Okie’s from Muskogee.

  5. Zyblorg permalink
    February 9, 2007 1:47 pm

    I’m not at all clear what this piece is about or why you find this so freakin’ funny. I, too, have noticed that the News Channel locates some stories in the wrong spot on the globe: a few stories about Quebec have popped up in France. And I’m pretty damn sure that the stories belong in Canada, given that they were about that province’s premier. Just ’cause they speak French in Quebec doesn’t make them residents of France.

    So perhaps the kid that you were senselessly mocking spotted this kind of error. Back off.

  6. February 9, 2007 3:09 pm

    Point taken, Zyblorg, and you might be right…

    In fact, it might be an error in the AP database which might be assigning same-name locations to the wrong country…

    In any case, it has to be the Associated Press who needs to pay attention to their news service, not Nintendo!

  7. February 9, 2007 3:34 pm

    LOL, thank you for quoting me. The things that you and many who commented said are so funny. I feel like I have just been parodied by Weird Al; I feel honored that a post I didn’t word well got so much attention, and the parody that you made is so good.

  8. February 9, 2007 4:36 pm

    Hey Zybe, chill a little bit. He didn’t spot a news story in the wrong place, he spotted a city in the “wrong” place.

    I’ve seen stories about New York end up in Texas just because they say a guy is Texan. That’s not what this was about. The guy saw a town in Central America that had the same name as a California town and assumed it was wrong because he didn’t know there was more than one place called Santa Ana. If you read it over again, he says the cities are wrong when you look at the globe, not the stories. You copy?

    No problem Chris, but… Weird Al? You bastard.

  9. frisby permalink
    February 11, 2007 3:14 pm

    Weird Rollin strikes again.

  10. March 6, 2007 9:12 pm

    ..Rather helpful information you have here. Grazie!

  11. March 13, 2007 5:20 pm

    E evidente che il luogo e stato fatto dalla persona che realmente conosce il mestiere!

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