Step Aside Fogo Island – Everyone Is Talking About Dildo, Newfoundland These Days

The town of Dildo, Newfoundland was “bursting at the seams” with tourists and traffic over the weekend, after attracting the attention of late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Producers were in the community yesterday filming, as residents and curiosity seekers jammed the streets of the tiny Trinity Bay community.

Jimmy Kimmel discovered the town’s name quite by accident, spurring a huge amount of international attention. Andrew Pretty is on the Dildo Local Service District. He says the spotlight has been amazing. He calls it wonderful exposure. Residents happily put out campaign signs and banners advertising Kimmel for Mayor and Jimmy loves Dildo, as part of the gag. Jimmy had previously announced he intends to run for Mayor of Dildo, and Hollywood and Dildo are now twinned as part of the gag.

Even Premier Dwight Ball is getting in on the craze surrounding Jimmy Kimmel’s fascination with Dildo. Premier Dwight Ball today tweeted out an invitation to Jimmy Kimmel to come to Newfoundland.

In case you were wondering… According to Wikipedia, the name, then written as “Dildoe”, was first applied to Dildo Island, located offshore from the present-day town of Dildo. This use was recorded in 1711 and 1775, and the name was thereafter applied to the Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay and other local physical features.

Social scientist William Baillie Hamilton notes that Captain James Cook and his assistant Michael Lane, who mapped Newfoundland in the 1760s, often displayed a sense of humour in the place names they chose and were not above selecting names that might offend over-sensitive readers. Regardless of the origin, the name has brought the town of Dildo a measure of notoriety. In the 20th century there were several campaigns to change the name, though all failed.

Image sources: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Dildo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dildo,_Newfoundland_and_Labrador

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