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US map shaded by how many babies received the same name as the state

The Ultra-Literal Name Map of the United States

September 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments

Is it a state, or is it a baby? Let’s start off easy. Connecticut is a state. Emily is a baby. Georgia we’ll have to score for both sides. Now, how about Kansas? Before you answer, you might want to talk to the 30 American families that named babies Kansas […]

A Town Called Emily?

July 7, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 16 Comments

My hometown has three colleges, a proud literary heritage, and a really sketchy name. Amherst, Massachusetts was named in 1759 by a colonial governor in honor of Lord Jeffrey Amherst. Lord Jeffrey was a British commander during the French and Indian war whose military techniques included biological warfare and genocide. […]

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