"We stayed in a little motel, the weather was grotty, the theater was a nasty shape, and the audience was very strange to play to ... If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick."
Was John Cleese right to call Palmerston North "the suicide capital of New Zealand"? Is it really such a bad town? Hard to say, although the landfill named after him seems to have a lot of junk randomly sticking out of it, and it speaks volumes about your city if even the landfill looks too messy.
Although the sign's looking sharp.
One of Baltimore's Roughest Housing Projects Is Named for Edgar Allan Poe
All of our hometowns change. For most of us, it's our parents moving away or our high school friends marrying each other. But for Edgar Allan Poe, it's a bigger change than that.
In the 1830s, this was Baltimore's No. 1 Scary Thing.
Baltimore's dangerous reputation can't be too much of a myth if it's the kind of place where Edgar Allan Poe's former home gets vandalized and stripped for firewood. And with over 20,000 public housing residents in the city, they've had plenty of housing complexes to name, and one of them is Poe Homes in West Baltimore.
"Wait, go back to the part about people stripping wood from my house."
Poe Homes are so straight out of The Wire that this streetview tour of the show's locations names them as the basis for the Pit and the Tower. Maybe there's some sense in naming a troubled place after a troubled man. But come on, Baltimore, it's definitely not the kind of tribute an author would seek out.