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Where in the world is Dildo? Check out a map worth laughing at

A road sign leading to the town of Dildo, Newfoundland, is shown on July 14, 2007.

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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.

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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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