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British mapmaker highlights rudest places in Australia

Tasmania has many rude place names - such as No No Hole Image copyright ST&G
Image caption Tasmania may have more funny place names per square kilometre than anywhere else

Peculiar Nob, Titwobble Lane, Windy Saddle, Pensioners Bush and Intercourse Island are among the actual place names featured on a new map of Australia.

The country's rudest and funniest place names have been highlighted by British company Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick.

The Australian map follows similar renderings of Britain and the US.

Company founder Humphrey Butler says that Tasmania has a particularly high concentration of colourful names.

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Image caption Some of the wonderfully named places in New South Wales and Queensland

"One of the things that I think make the Aussie map is that there are quite a few places that sound really, really Australian," he told the BBC.

"There's a place called Dinkum, there's a place called Mate, there's a place called Bruce as well."

The idea came to Mr Butler after he escaped a corporate job in London and took a road trip around Britain in a "knackered old car".

"When you're travelling like that, you look at map and road signs and notice all these funny sounding place names," he said.

The thought kicked in: how many of these places are there?

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Image caption According to the mapmakers, Australia gives Britain a great run for its money for funny place names

Mr Butler lists his personal favourites as Lovely Bottom in Tasmania, Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory and Windy Saddle in Victoria.

"There are a lot of Knobs in Australia," he said.

"There are hundreds and hundreds of Knobs all over Australia but there is one called Prominent Nob in South Australia and that does make us laugh."

Reporting by the BBC's Greg Dunlop.

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