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Notice my clever use of homophones.  This is the epitome of true genius.


I glanced over at the map on my wall and noticed that there is a city in Russia called Nizhniy Novgorod.  It is actually the fourth largest city in Russia, according to Wikipedia.  I seriously had to wonder what kind of person came up with that name.  I concluded that a Russian came up with it.

I guess the Cyrillic spelling is Нижний Новгород, at least according to Google Translator.  And Nizhniy means “lower,” though Novgorod just means Novgorod.  So it translates to “Lower Novgorod.”  I believe that not only a Russian, but a very uncreative Russian came up with that name.  It’s like Virginia and West Virginia.  What were they thinking?