Origins of 8 strange place names in Canada Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 1:39 pm. PT Written by Shawn King Mental Floss: Every country has place names that make you scratch your head and say, “What were they thinking?” So I looked up what they may have been thinking when these places in Canada got their names. http://darcyfitzpatrick.tumblr.com/ Darcy Fitzpatrick Not surprisingly, my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador took three of the eight places. And that really only scratches the surface. http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King LOL Yeah, you could fill many pages just of weird Newfoundland place names. sincarne Well, darn: part of my family comes from Joe Batts Arm. I was hoping to hear the origin story of that one. sincarne Update: it was named for Joseph Batt who deserted from Cook’s expedition, and the bay’s resemblance to an arm. Exciting stuff. http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido Sounds a lot more interesting than naming a town after a small subsection of some old settler’s farm.