Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2019 15 not counting the fictitious television world of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie in the animated sitcom "The Simpsons." Back in North Carolina, Sir Walter's name was chosen to grace the state capital because the explorer established what became known as the "Lost Colony" on the state's Roanoke Island in the 1580s. Another county seat with the Raleigh moniker goes to a place of some 1,416 people in Mississippi, where the hometown school sports team's mascot is known as "Rah-Lee the Lion" and — yes — spit was once a competitive sport. All of which is — well — respectable, given the many American towns whose names more often than not simply draw this reaction: "Huh?" Who hasn't driven along Interstate 95 in Virginia and spotted the road sign announcing your approach to "Dumbfries?" But that's just for starters. How about the Idaho town of "Slickpoo," said to have taken its name from a landowner named Josiah Slickpoo? Or Santa Claus, Indiana, which had to change its name from Santa Fe when it wanted to secure a post office and discovered its name was already taken. Someone said, "Why not?" and before long, children begin mailing letters there with some regularity, according to Mental Floss magazine. Here are some others: Boring, Md; Hell, Mich.; No Name, Colo.; Hot Coffee, Miss.; and – drum roll – Whynot, N.C. Turns out folks in that Randolph County town in the Triad Piedmont along the North Carolina Pottery Highway simply gave up after a tiring debate. As the story goes, one fellow finally mustered up this proclamation, "Why not name it Why Not and then we can go home!" And so they did. NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION / WILSON SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY, UNC-CHAPEL HILL.

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