The Top 8 Best-Selling Music Singles Featuring Place Names

Music and place are inseparable. So many songs have been written about landscapes, countries, buildings, and cities that it’s impossible to look at a record sales chart without finding at least a handful of toponyms. As a geography site, it’s time we examine which toponomically-themed songs have embedded themselves into popular culture by looking at…

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No More Kicks on Route 666

The north end of US Route 666 in Monticello, Utah, May 2001. Source: K. Lund, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenlund/2518892303/.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. In Ancient Greek, it literally translates to ‘fear of six-hundred-sixty-six’ (not to be confused with triskaidekaphobia, which is ‘fear of thirteen’). Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is a rather ancient phobia dating…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part III: Western and Northern Europe)

We continue with Part III of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Part I (North America) can be found here and Part II (South America) can be found here. Brabant, Limburg, and…

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Google Sightseeing: Right Down the Toilet

For the latest TBG article at Google Sightseeing, it’s an all-toilet related post. Juvenile, I know (don’t worry, the next one is about Einstein’s birthday. Seriously). The toilet – home to some of humankind’s most intimate moments, and probably one of the last things you’d think you’d find on Google Maps (or think to look…

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The Longest Train Ride in the World

In March 2010, news sites were abuzz with the announcement of a proposed Chinese-backed high-speed Eurasian rail line that could whip passengers between London and Beijing at speeds of up to 345 km/h (215 mph), completing the 17-country, 8 160 km (5 070 mi) journey in just two days. While such a fantastical project is…

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Bisected and Bilateral: Streets Shared By Two Countries, Part II (Europe and the Middle East)

Missed Part I (The Americas)?  You can read it here. Today we complete our look at bilateral streets – roads where the border runs down the middle of the street; where, with a different country on either side of the street, crossing the road is a bilateral task. Avenue de France/Avinguda d’Espanya (Le Perthus, France/La…

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Google Sightseeing: Stuck at the Border

My latest post at Google Sightseeing is all about the countries that you can’t actually see in Google Street View. There are indeed 27 countries that have been visited by the service, but what about those that haven’t yet? This post captures the little glimpses of neighbouring countries the Street View camera manages to spy…

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