Visit beautiful Cape Goodenough

Or as I like to call it, Cape Fuckthiswearegoinghome.

Sadly, Antarctica's Cape Goodenough (pictured here on National Geographic's Political Map of the World) was not named by a less-then-intrepid band of explorers who decided that seeing the coastline of Antarctica was plenty of adventure for them, thankyouverymuch.

Instead, it's named for William Goodenough, admiral in the British Royal Navy. Yes. Admiral Goodenough. I'm sure the troops were enthused.

But wait, there's more. In the 1930s and 1940s, the admiral was apparently involved in the creation of comfortable, dormitory-style housing for international post-graduate students in London. Today, the buildings are known as ... Goodenough College.


    1. I agree. Nothing like traditional Texas-style pan fried koreth. German settlers brought over the recipe.

      And getting back on topic, I think you could do worse than go to a Goodenough college.

    1. Their rivalry was overshadowed by the more famous tension between Major Payne and Rear Admiral Mark E. Butts.

  1. Reminds me of “The Outerbridge Crossing” which connects Staten Island and NJ — it’s named after Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge.  Till just now, I thought it was George W Outerbridge — but all HE got was an Appalachian Trail shelter!  

    1. Don’t forget Mt. Everest. It sounds like it was named for its majestic eternal-looking grandeur instead of Sir George Everest.

  2. hey, my family and I lived at the goodenough college for five years. after 3 months, you run out of goodenough jokes and get on with your life. its a really nice place. if you’re thinking of studying in London – check it out.
    b.t.w. the real funny bit is that they call it a college, given that it’s a students residence hall.

    1. The latter bit doesn’t seem to be terribly uncommon (didn’t it start with Oxbridge?), though it is funny – I’m doing grad work at a school in the northeast US, and have been trying to wrap my head around the ‘residential colleges’ where the undergrads live. In my undergrad state school, we called them *dorms*.

  3. Reminds me of that very old SNL sketch when the Lord of Sandwich met the Lord of Douchebag, “Give me a Sandwich and a Douchebag and there’s nothing I cannot do”.

      1. Great pull from the interwebs!
        Lord Douchebag: Buck Henry.
        See, I did NOT remember that.
        Also, Earl of Sandwich, not Lord.

  4. Well while we’re here to make fun of Antarctic placenames, what about the eyewatering ‘Cape Circumcision? I kid you not.

    Usually far to cold to properly get the job done, I imagine…

  5. I was diving at Goodenough Island in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, and can report that the diving was better than good enough. In fact, Milne Bay probably has more biodiversity than any other spot on the planet. There is also a “Goodenough’s Island” in Rangiroa.

    1. If you’re Scottish you can pronounce it “gude enow”, but that’s just how Scots say “good enough”

  6. I knew a Derek Bytheway. He’d say “my name is Derek Bytheway” on the phone and you can guess the rest. 

    Cape Tribulation, Queensland was named by Captain Cook after his ship hit a reef as it passed over it.

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