If you were an animal rights activist, probably the last place in the world you would want to live is a city called Hamburg.  So now, the German city known by that name has been offered 10,000 Euros by the group PETA to change its name to, get this, Veggieburg.  PETA claims the name Hamburg conjures up images of quote “unhealthy beef patties made of pulverized dead cattle.”  And it is true that the name for hamburgers came from German immigrants who brought the dish to the U.S. in the 19th century.  But the name Hamburg, which actually comes from the Old Saxon words for bay and fortress, goes back more than a thousand years.  So it’s little wonder that Hamburg’s spokesman basically told PETA to go eat their tofu and alfafa sprouts somewhere else.

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