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What's the Most Distinctive Last Name in Illinois?
What's the Most Distinctive Last Name in Illinois?
What's the Most Distinctive Last Name in Illinois?
Before you guess, some explanation of the question is in order. By "distinctive" last name, I mean those that occur most often compared to the nation as a whole. Got it? Okay, make your guess--but think "Swedish" while you're doing it.
Weatherman Nails Unpronounceable Name
Weatherman Nails Unpronounceable Name
Weatherman Nails Unpronounceable Name
Ever heard of a town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch? It's a real place in Wales. According to Wikipedia: The long form of the name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860s; with 58 characters it is the longest place name in Europe and the second longest official one-word place name in the world...
How Illinois Counties Got Their Names
How Illinois Counties Got Their Names
How Illinois Counties Got Their Names
We've had a rather Illinois-centric week in this space. We've learned how much we didn't know about our state, in addition to taking a look at Illinois' unusually-named mascots. Today, let's wrap up the week with the state itself, in particular the counties that make up Illinois...