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7 Cities Not To Be Confused With More Famous Cities

Mon, Mar 7, 2011

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Whoever said “you never use anything you learn in school in real life” likely died smoking a cigarette while pumping gas. School may not teach you everything, especially common sense — that has to come naturally and unfortunately some people don’t have it (those people usually win Darwin Awards) — but it will teach you basic geography.

Yet every year, an astounding number of morons prove that they skipped geography class in favor of setting their farts on fire. If you don’t know how many continents there are or where they are located, you are not qualified to travel anywhere beyond your city’s limit (or operate heavy machinery).

As of now there is no test to prove if a person is worthy of holding passport, but there should be… because we fear far too many tourists travel to the wrong city of the same name. Until someone in government gets their priorities straight and creates a test that measures people’s observational skills and geographic knowledge, here are 7 cities not to be confused with bigger, more famous cities…

Paris, Texas Should Not Be Confused With Paris, France

Paris, Texas has a 70-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower with a cowboy hat on top.

If you ever find yourself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and it looks a lot smaller than you thought … say 70-feet instead of 1,063-feet … you’re probably in the wrong Paris. The cowboy hat on top of the tower should be a dead giveaway that you’re in the dusty desert town of Paris, Texas instead of Paris, France; but if it didn’t, there’s really no hope for you. That’s not to say there’s nothing to do in Paris, Texas: you can see a 12-foot tall statue of Jesus wearing cowboy boots or attend the annual Paris Hamfest for ham radio enthusiasts. We think, however, that the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the real Eiffel Tower are just a little bit better. Just a little.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Should Not Be Confused With Sydney, Australia

The world's largest fiddle is in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

You expected 90-degree weather in January but wound up in snow. You hoped to see wallabies and kangaroos but came across beavers and deer. If you ever find yourself in this situation, kick yourself in the ass because you went to the wrong Sydney. The small city of Sydney in Nova Scotia, Canada may be known for having the largest fiddle in the world, but chances are you were looking forward to seeing the largest natural harbor in the world in Sydney, Australia. Even though 20,000 miles separates these two Sydney’s, dumb tourists continue to mix ‘em up againand againand again.

London, Ontario, Canada Should Not Be Confused With London, England

A sculpture in London, Ontario, Canada.

This sculpture looks like it would be in London, England... but it's actually in London, Canada.

You’re standing on Blackfriars Bridge above the waters of the Thames River and you look up to see the London skyline. But instead of seeing the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge, you see a few underwhelming corporate buildings lifting over the trees. That’s because you’re in London, Ontario, Canada instead of London, England. I can see where the confusion lies: both cities are named London, both cities have a Thames River, both cities have a Blackfrairs Bridge. But the fact that one city is in Europe while the other is on a completely different continent should pretty much dispel any confusion. In fact, these two cities are so unsimilar that the sister city to London, Ontario isn’t even London, England … it’s Nanjing freakin’ China.

Los Angeles, Chile Should Not Be Confused With Los Angeles, California

Poverty? Check. Crime? Check. Spanish-speaking people selling oranges on the street corner? Check. Alright, so far it’s looking like you actually DID end up in Los Angeles, California … except there are no fake boobs, spray-on tans and plumped lips. So where are you? Los Angeles, Chile, a city of 125,000 in the chilly and mountainous region of Patagonia. Instead of watching a football game between USC and UCLA, you’re stuck watching bare-footed kids play soccer in a dirt field. But, hey, at least it’s cheaper.

Brussels, Wisconsin Should Not Be Confused With Brussels, Belgium

Babies drinking.

They get started young in Wisconsin.

In Brussels, Belgium, the most famous sight is a statue of a peeing boy. In Brussels, Wisconsin, the most famous sight is a peeing drunk. Both places are proud of their drinking heritage, but you won’t find opulent architecture or refined culture in Wisconsin… unless your idea of culture is beer pong. But it doesn’t matter which Brussels you’re in, you’re bound to hear people speaking both English and Dutch. That’s because Brussels, Wisconsin has the third-largest Belgian-American community in the U.S. In fact, four of the top five Belgian-American populations are in Wisconsin.

Cairo, Georgia Should Not Be Confused With Cairo, Egypt

Ah, Cairo… land of such popular festivals as Mule Day, the Antique Car Rally, and the Rattlesnake Roundup. Not the Cairo you were thinking of? Well, the Cairo with the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx and the Nile River is like 9,000 miles away. Right now, you’re in Cairo, Georgia, a little city with two big distinctions: it’s “Georgia’s Hospitality City” and the “Syrup City.” Cairo, Georgia takes so much pride in their syrup production that the Cairo High School athletic teams are called the “Syrupmakers” and the “Syrup Maids.” Last year, ESPN called the Syrupmakers the best mascot in the high school heritage category. But the locals should be even more proud of the fact that Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas is from Cairo. Unfortunately, the city was built on syrup instead of rock and roll. (By the way, there’s also a Cairo in Ohio, which is near the town of Lima, not to be confused with Lima, Peru.)

Manila, Utah Should Not Be Confused With Manila, Philippines

Courthouse in Manila, Utah.

Courthouse in Mainla, Utah.

If you mistake Manila, Utah for the capital of the Philippines, you’ve really gotta go out of your way to do it — the town is about as small as you can get: 0.8 square miles. Some people have houses bigger than that. The court house looks like someone’s house, for crying out loud. The only relation between the two cities is that Manila, Utah was named after Manila, Philippines in 1898 after the American victory at the Battle of Manila Bay. If you wind up in Manila, Utah for some reason I can’t fathom, you won’t be far from the comically-named Flaming Gorge.

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19 Responses to “7 Cities Not To Be Confused With More Famous Cities”

  1. P.Price says:

    Just so you know… Paris, Texas may be dusty and dry at times, but it’s definitely NOT in the desert. That’s a myth stemming from the flick by the same name, but the real Paris, Texas is in Northeast Texas which is not, at this time, a desert. It’s actually rather green and leafy.

  2. Efy Levy says:

    I like this web site its a master peace ! Glad I discovered this on google .

  3. Jean-Francois Leblanc says:

    Another good example of similar confusion: Vancouver, BC (Canada) and Vancouver, WA (USA). I think some travel agents confused the two destinations when selling flights to people who attended the 2010 winter Olympics. The good news: the two Vancouvers are only 491 km (about 307 miles) apart, a 5-hour drive or so, much closer that the seven pairs of homonym cities mentioned above.

  4. Gelo Bath says:

    Thanks for the post! It is informative and interesting. I enjoyed with the content of the site. Nice blog here.

  5. Gabriel says:

    really sad to see how people is so ignorant, and for sure, Los Angeles Chile, its probably only a quite, tranquil city, without gangs, but with extremely more educated people to know they are over 400 miles north of Patagonia. but of course a total ignorant still trying to say in Chile kids are barefoot playing soccer… and that sad picture, well don’t really speak well of who ever the stupid that wrote this piece of crap.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    ok i have another one, Hollywood Florida should not be confused with Hollywood California. True story, my fiance is from Hollywood FL and he had some German tourists come to him on the beach and ask him wher the movie studios were. He felt bad when he had to tell them they were at the wrong Hollywood.

  7. Margaret says:

    Can’t believe some people have actually made these mistakes!

  8. Clarinda Eagleman says:

    The nail in the coffin of the 524td was the 528e: better performance, great durability, and comparable real-world fuel economy. That’s the E28 that belongs in the Class of ’86 garage IMO.

  9. Becky says:

    Also:
    Birmingham, Alabama & Birmingham, England
    Johannesburg, California & Johannesburg, South Africa

  10. Alejandro says:

    I studied in Los Ángeles, Chile; in public high school. I am not so ignorant about others sites. Or I prefer not write about those.

  11. Celeste says:

    What about Melbourne, FL and Melbourne, Australia?

  12. Sarah says:

    Moscow, Idaho is another good one. I used to live there. We were trying to order some archery supplies from a company in Hungary, and sure enough – they went to Russia before we got them.

  13. What about St. Petersburg, Forida and St. Petersburg, Russia :)

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    1. P.Price says:

      Just so you know… Paris, Texas may be dusty and dry at times, but it’s definitely NOT in the desert. That’s a myth stemming from the flick by the same name, but the real Paris, Texas is in Northeast Texas which is not, at this time, a desert. It’s actually rather green and leafy.

    2. Efy Levy says:

      I like this web site its a master peace ! Glad I discovered this on google .

    3. Jean-Francois Leblanc says:

      Another good example of similar confusion: Vancouver, BC (Canada) and Vancouver, WA (USA). I think some travel agents confused the two destinations when selling flights to people who attended the 2010 winter Olympics. The good news: the two Vancouvers are only 491 km (about 307 miles) apart, a 5-hour drive or so, much closer that the seven pairs of homonym cities mentioned above.

    4. Gelo Bath says:

      Thanks for the post! It is informative and interesting. I enjoyed with the content of the site. Nice blog here.

    5. Gabriel says:

      really sad to see how people is so ignorant, and for sure, Los Angeles Chile, its probably only a quite, tranquil city, without gangs, but with extremely more educated people to know they are over 400 miles north of Patagonia. but of course a total ignorant still trying to say in Chile kids are barefoot playing soccer… and that sad picture, well don’t really speak well of who ever the stupid that wrote this piece of crap.

    6. Elizabeth says:

      ok i have another one, Hollywood Florida should not be confused with Hollywood California. True story, my fiance is from Hollywood FL and he had some German tourists come to him on the beach and ask him wher the movie studios were. He felt bad when he had to tell them they were at the wrong Hollywood.

    7. Margaret says:

      Can’t believe some people have actually made these mistakes!

    8. Clarinda Eagleman says:

      The nail in the coffin of the 524td was the 528e: better performance, great durability, and comparable real-world fuel economy. That’s the E28 that belongs in the Class of ’86 garage IMO.

    9. Becky says:

      Also:
      Birmingham, Alabama & Birmingham, England
      Johannesburg, California & Johannesburg, South Africa

    10. Alejandro says:

      I studied in Los Ángeles, Chile; in public high school. I am not so ignorant about others sites. Or I prefer not write about those.

    11. Celeste says:

      What about Melbourne, FL and Melbourne, Australia?

    12. Sarah says:

      Moscow, Idaho is another good one. I used to live there. We were trying to order some archery supplies from a company in Hungary, and sure enough – they went to Russia before we got them.

    13. What about St. Petersburg, Forida and St. Petersburg, Russia :)

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      Limoges, Old Pueblo Traders, Puritan’s Pride, Crocs,
      Lillian Vernon, Office Depot, Expedia, and other
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      the best chance to get.

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