Still, though, they kicked the others guy's ass, and at the end of the day, isn't that what politics is really about?
Portland, Oregon, Was Named by Coin Flip
According to a "citation needed" statement on Wikipedia, Portland was initially known as "the clearing," which, like anything else that sounds too awesome to be true, wasn't meant to last. When it came time to give the future hipster haven a proper name, Frances Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy both wanted to name the land after their hometowns. Pettygrove was from Portland, Maine. Lovejoy was from Boston.
So this is where hipster beards come from.
With neither man willing to budge, they came to a shockingly logical conclusion, considering the fact that settling things by way of a gun duel was still totally in vogue at the time. They flipped a coin.
If for some reason you think that's a less than thorough way to make such a big decision, we should probably add that they flipped the coin three times. Obviously, Frances Pettygrove was the winner, and the residents of the clearing narrowly avoided becoming the Boston of the West Coast.
Truly, a fate worse than death.
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