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CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT

This Instagram account collects the saddest-sounding places on Earth

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  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

There’s a place named Cape Disappointment, in Washington State Park, where fog hangs in the air for 2552 hours a year. But don’t book the flight to see it for yourself just yet—there’s still Mistake Island in Maine, or Canada’s Unfortunate Cove.

A new Instagram account by Australian artist Damien Rudd, @sadtopographies, is collecting Google Map screenshots of the world’s grimmest-sounding places, which makes for an excellent collection of weird  travel destinations.

“In Australia, like the US and Canada, there are many depressing place names that are connected to the dark history of early colonialism, and the mishaps of explorers and settlers,” Rudd told Quartz.

The first one he discovered was Mount Hopeless, Australia, named by an explorer for its barren landscape. “After this I was inspired to start finding and collecting more places like this,” said Rudd.

Most of the places are sad, but others are just funny—if a bit dark:

The account mostly looks at English toponyms, though it ventures in other languages:

Sometimes, however, the name is not what it seems: Alone, near Brescia in Italy, actually means either ring stain or halo, not lonely. Which, all the same, is still very good:

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