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HotCorner
04-18-2005, 11:44 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/18/dork.street.ap/index.html

Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 9:37 AM EDT (1337 GMT)

PICO RIVERA, California (AP) -- It's not easy living on Dork Street -- just ask Mario Saucedo.

"I had a resume kicked back because someone thought I was kidding," said Saucedo, who has lived on the street in this suburb about a dozen miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles for eight years.

Ester Avetisian, who moved there 18 years ago, said she might have thought twice if there had been a sign in those days marking the road tucked into what is still a semi-rural section of town where people keep goats and chickens in their back yards.

"I didn't know the name until my husband and I were signing (mortgage) papers," Avetisian recalled. "I was pretty shocked when I found out."

Still, most residents have learned to grin and bear the jokes.

"It's pretty funny," said Clyde Parra, who has lived on Dork Street for eight years. "When I go to cash a check at the store, people ask me if I'm a dork."

Officials say there is no record at City Hall explaining how the street got its distinctive moniker, but residents believe it was named after someone called Dork. It first appeared on a Los Angeles County tract map in 1936.

"It's obviously historic, and it seems like streets named for last names are the norm in that area," city spokesman Bob Spencer said.

Redsland
04-18-2005, 12:17 PM
Good thing it's not in Dumpsville.

StillFunkyB
04-18-2005, 12:26 PM
There is a street right down the road here called "Wigger".

I have no idea how they came up with that, I still don't believe it and have to look at the street sign everytime I pass it.

cincinnati chili
04-18-2005, 12:28 PM
We have a Troll Lane in our town.

Johnny Footstool
04-18-2005, 01:21 PM
Officials say there is no record at City Hall explaining how the street got its distinctive moniker, but residents believe it was named after someone called Dork.

Those are some sharp folks.

RedFanAlways1966
04-18-2005, 03:35 PM
North of Dayton, OH there is a road called Sweet Potato Ridge Road. Some of the Dayton locals have probably heard of this road.

Kind of funny and country-ish, right? Not that big of deal. It used to be a bigger deal though. They changed the name to Sweet Potato Ridge Road around 1959. Before that, and as far back as Montgomery County Ohio records go, it was called N*gger Ridge Road.

True story as I used to work for the County Engineer's Office during summer breaks in college. I was told this story by one of the engineers and did not believe him. He took me to the county records dept. and proved it to me.