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Dildo, Newfoundland Video | How Would You Like to Live There?

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Dildo, Newfoundland Video | How Would You Like to Live There?


I grew up in a town with a rather strange name that few people could pronounce, and when I was younger I thought it was the pits. But it could have been worse. I could have grown up in a town named Dildo.

Believe it or not, there is a town in Newfoundland that is named Dildo. Obviously the word didn’t have the meaning when they named the town that it does today. I personally can’t imagine why they wouldn’t want to change it, but there were plenty of residents that didn’t. And the name is the same to this day.

You’ve gotta love the shot close to the beginning of the clip where the reporter is standing next to the Dildo sign, with its arrow pointing right at him. That’s classic.

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  1. Doreen Pretty

    August 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I love the site. I would like to get information on the Pretty’s that founded Dildo. I’ve been told that my Grandfather came from Dildo before setteling in Chapel Arm. His name is Elijah Pretty who married an Elizabeth Power of Chapel Arm. He had brothers and Uncles in Dildo, I would like to find them

    Doreen Pretty

  2. Nina

    November 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I would like to see Dildo renamed “John Thomas Smith’s Cove”
    “Smith’s Delight” “Smith’s Treasure” or “Smithville.” My great grandfather John Thomas Smith and his wife, my great grandmother, Mahalla (Vokey) Smith lived their during
    the 1800’s and raised a large family in a huge old house
    that once faced the bay leading out to the ocean.
    There are 3 islands named Tom, Dick and Harry.
    The family cemetery is located along the shoreline where beautiful, white, wild roses grow along the fence in the summertime. My grandmother was Diana Smith before marrying my grandfather von Gunten, a first generation Swiss American, and settled in Baltimore County, Maryland.

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