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A road sign leading to the town of Dildo, Newfoundland, is shown on July 14, 2007. (Tara Brautigam/CP)
A road sign leading to the town of Dildo, Newfoundland, is shown on July 14, 2007. (Tara Brautigam/CP)

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It’s a rude, rude, rude world

A map entitled Vaguely Rude Place Names of the World went viral on the Internet after its Feb. 6 launch. From Tittybong, Australia, to Wankie, Zimbabwe, there’s a reason to giggle for everyone. It’s the brainchild of self-admitted cartography nerd Gary Gale, a London, U.K., resident who works as Nokia’s director of web and community. Happily, Canadian content abounds. The map is sure to stimulate tourism in Newfoundland, which is well-represented with Virgin Arm, Conception Bay, Spread Eagle, and Dildo. That trumps Ontario’s contribution, with all due respect to Crotch Lake.

Dirty dining

Do you avoid Japanese food because you hate raw fish? At Tokyo’s Ne Quittez Pas restaurant, you could get a whole new perspective – by eating dirt. Chef Toshio Tanabe recently rolled out a tasting menu with dishes such as soil risotto with sautéed sea bass, soil soup with black truffles, and soil ice cream. The 62-year-old former boxer, who bills himself as the “pioneer of soil cuisine,” sources his mineral-rich dirt from a Tokyo-area garden wholesaler, purifying it before serving it to customers. The only downside? At $110 (10,000 yen) a person, it’s not dirt cheap.

Best lodgings for bonny lasses

Sometimes, a solo woman on business in northeast Scotland just wants a nice dinner and a quiet evening – without some wee scunner trying to hit on her. That fantasy can come true at Aberdeen’s Skene House HotelSuites. Maiden-voyage.com, a social network for female business travellers, has just certified it as Scotland’s first female-friendly hotel. Popular among oil industry professionals, the hotel offers suites with fully equipped kitchens, double-locking doors, powerful hair dryers and good lighting and mirrors for putting on makeup. A Sean Connery blow-up doll, however, is not included.

Sources: CNN, The Times, News Life Media, Scotsman.com.

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