The mayor of Eggs and Bacon Bay, Australia, says it’s time for the Tasmanian community to come up with a healthier name for itself.
“If we can promote healthy lifestyles then I think we should,” Mayor Peter Coad told the Wall Street Journal.
A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the town might as well be called “Heart Attack Bay.” The group started a campaign last month to change the town’s name.
“Considering the high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat in both eggs and bacon, the area may as well be called ‘Heart Attack Bay,’ ” said Ashley Fruno, PETA Australia associate director of campaigns. “The Huon Valley is famous for its delectable apples and cherries, so we are asking the council ‘WTF?’ — that’s ‘Where’s the fruit?’ — in the hope that it will apply to change the name to ‘Apple and Cherry Bay’ — which would promote not only local industry but also healthy eating and kindness to animals.”
Some residents fear if the town’s name is changed, people won’t be able to find it since it’s been called Eggs and Bacon Bay for a long time.
Butcher Graham Victor is among those opposed to the name change, saying somebody always comes along to knock down theories about healthier lifestyles. He’s got a sign outside his butcher shop reading: “Save Eggs and Bacon Bay! Don’t give in to small-minded people.”
Eggs and Back Bay isn’t the only culinary landmark in Australia. There’s also Roast Beef Creek, as well as Beefsteak Creek and Leg of Lamb Bank. But the goofy names don’t stop with food. Care to take a dip in Convict Creek? Or visit Scrubby Knob or Mount Dick? How about Little Stinking Lagoon? It makes Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, sound mundane.
Eggs and Bacon Bay, however, was not named for the venerable breakfast combo. It actually was named after the wildflowers that are members of the pea family, the Huon Valley Council says.