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Google Maps, nicknames and “The town so nice they named it twice”

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The town so nice, they named it twice

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…

T Dot

T Dot

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.

For example:

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.

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