My friend Ann emailed me the other day to ask whether I could give her any tips on travelling overland from Toronto to Boston in April. I’ve done Montreal to Boston before, taking the Greyhound after recovering from a case of La varicelle and suffering acid reflux from eating 3 tomatoes and an orange before getting on the bus. Therefore, I looked distinctly dodgy at the US border, which coming soon after 9/11 wasn’t really the best look in front of the armed US Immigration Officers.
I haven’t done T.Dot to Beantown before though. Which brings me to the title of my post.
I went to Google Maps to see how far apart Toronto and Boston are…and for some reason I thought “I wonder what happens when I type “T Dot” in. T Dot being a nickname for Toronto. Lo and behold…
This set off a chain of events where I discovered that typing certain nicknames for cities into GMaps zoomed immediately into the city in question.
- Beantown = Boston
- Mile High City – Denver
- The Windy City = Chicago
- The city that never sleeps = New York City
- Tinseltown = Hollywood
- Spamtown USA = Austin, Minnesota
- The City of Angels = Los Angeles
- The town so nice they named it twice = Walla Walla, Washington
This may be old news, however I couldn’t find any previous references to this Google Easter Egg…so I now have high hopes that this post is going to be my new Exenger/Fakenger article…i.e my most popular post!
Can youse find any more? Let me know in the comments.