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A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John shares the name origins of some of America's cities!

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Hi, I'm John Green, welcome to my salon. This is Mental Floss Video, and have you ever wondered why there is a Kansas City in Missouri? Well, the city started as a boat dock on the Kansas River, which was named after a Native American tribe. The state of Kansas, along with the other Kansas City, Kansas City, Kansas, are pretty much right next door, but they were both incorporated later. Anyway, that's the first of many U.S. city name origins I'm gonna share with you in this video today, brought to you by our friends at Geico. 


New York City was originally the capital of the New Netherland colony, so it was appropriately called New Amsterdam, but then in the 17th century the English took New Netherland from the Dutch and decided to name it after the Duke of York, so the colony became New York and the capital, New York City.

Thousands of years before Memphis, Tennessee, there was Memphis, Egypt, which was named after a pyramid where a 6th dynasty king was buried. Memphis is actually a Greek interpretation of the actual Egyptian name. Anyway, Memphis, Tennessee, also has a pyramid, it's gigantic, and it's home to the world's largest Bass Pro Shop mega-store.

Atlanta, Georgia, got its name in 1845, after the Western and Atlantic Railroad. The city was originally called Terminus, because it was the final stop on that line, but a railroad engineer suggested Atlanta, because, you know, Terminus is a terrible place name. "Okay, so where're you from?" "I'm from the Terminus."