Dr. Hurley’s Digest, Week 19

  • This week was a SCORCHER at Dr. Hurley HQ and also on the blog itself!  What fantastic content!  But before we get to that, a couple of Announcements!

Announcement № 01: 100 Word Story Winners!

It’s woefully overdue, but Congratulations to the winners of our 100 word story contest!

Readers’ Choice:

Editors’ Choices:

Each of you will be receiving a beautiful hand-letterpressed print of Dr. Hurley’s anti-tedium manifesto, suitable for framing and feeling proud of yourself!

Announcement № 02: Another Contest!

As you may know, the Dr. Hurley crew is bundling off to Ireland to dig up some more information about Dr. Hurley’s roots, his spa, and his eventual departure for America (by way of the Orient, we’re learning).  While in Ireland, we’ve always been greatly amused by the names of places we come across.  Some funny, some over-long, some downright bizarre, they all set our imaginations going.

What we want from you: A 100 word fictional etymology or brief history of an Irish place with an odd or otherwise interesting name.  Suggested names are below, but feel free to pull out an atlas of Ireland and find your own!  Also, we’ve put the Anglicized names here, but feel free to use the actual Irish names, if you like!

Winners will be chosen again, and you will be receiving a stunning prize as well!  (Guess what!)  And remember, linguistic/historical research will not be rewarded as much as imagination!

Deadline: NOON on Saturday, July 23, but earlier would be better.

Irish place names, to get you started:

    • Belgooly
    • Carrickfergus
    • Bloody Foreland
    • Derrynasaggart
    • Knockmealdown
    • Ballybunnion
    • Mullaghareirk
    • Dingle
    • Knockboy
    • Ballinskellig
    • Aughty
    • Slieve
    • Coolgreen
    • Rascalstreet
    • Turnaspidogy
    • Ringarogy Island
    • Glandore

And now, here’s what you missed this week:



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