20 June 2007

Japan Changes Name of Iwo Jima to Iwo Jima

Japan has changed the name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, site of the famous World War II battle immortalised by the legendary photograph by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on the islet's Mount Suribachi.

The new name in Japanese looks and means the same as Iwo Jima - or Sulfur Island - but sounds different, said a dude at the Japanese Geographical Survey Institute... The what?!

Wait, it gets even weirder... Believe it or not, Clint Eastwood is the main reason why Japan decided to change the name of the famous island.

Still confused? Yeah, me too. Click here.

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