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The story goes that Erik the Red named Greenland "Greenland" in hopes that the friendly-sounding name would attract settlers to what was in actuality a pretty inhospitable piece of real estate.

This example was echoed 900 years later by the explorer Lauge Koch, who first set foot on the next island north of Greenland—a forbidding piece of rock in the Arctic Ocean, the northernmost island in the world—and decided to name it Coffee Club Island. No word on whether any Danes have been induced to settle there by the warm, comforting name, though.
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