Here's a map of Forgottonia.
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There is a new push in the Maine legislature in the last few days to split the state into two states. The guy behind the proposal is Henry Joy, whose ideas are outlined in "Lost States" (He pleads his case every few years or so.) This time, Mr. Joy has a map--and it's remarkably similar to the one we created for the book (see above). Most folks think the idea is loopy, but Mr. Joy sure knows how to get press coverage... Here a few links: Fox news, Bangor News, Boston Herald.
Read the article documenting her error here.
(For a larger version of the map, go here.)
Here's how to win the Oscar: play the most movie-worthy real-life character in American history. The guy's name was William Bowles. Never heard of him? Read on: Here's a guy who gets kicked out of the U.S. military, joins a Creek tribe, marries the chief's daughter, consolidates several Native American nations, becomes their king, rallies the native people against an evil empire, gets captured and thrown into a Spanish prison, escapes, takes over a British ship, becomes a pirate—and there's more. In the third act he leads a ragtag force of 60 men in a takeover of Spanish fort. A huge Spanish force is dispatched to capture him, but they get lost. Eventually, after a series of action-packed battles, he is betrayed, captured by the enemy, and dies in a castle dungeon in Havana. OK, we have to change the ending. But can't you see Johnny Depp in this part? Or who do you think he looks like? Who should play him on the big screen? (Oh, along the way, he started a new state.... which is why he's mentioned here... and in the book!)
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Topeka, Kansas is changing it's name to Google, Kansas--for a month, in an attempt to attract Google's high speed fiber. Smart. But if they are really serious, they ought to do the full monty and change their name permanently. There is a fascinating precedent in New Mexico, where the city of Hot Springs changed it's name to curry favor with a corporate leader. Back in 1950, Ralph Edwards ran the most popular reality show on television: Truth or Consequences. He held a contest--with the prize going to the biggest city that would change its name to help publicize his show. Hot Springs (pop. 4,200) won, and it remains Truth or Consequences to this day. And this isn't some "honorary" name, it's the real deal. So buck up Topeka. (Read more about this curious tale in Lost States, which is in Barnes & Noble as of yesterday. More to come.)