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Jan. 20, 2004 at 1:12 PM
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DETROIT, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Most frequently misspelled city in the United States, according to a study by ePodunk.com, is Pittsburgh.

The government is partly to blame, reports the Detroit News, whose own city, often misspelled "Detriot" and "Detrote," features at No. 13. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decreed in 1890 that the final "h" of anywhere ending in "burgh" be dropped. Pittsburgh citizens protested and 21 years later their "h" was restored.

Second on the list is Tucson, Ariz., followed by Cincinnati, Albuquerque and Culpeper, Va. The Web site also volunteers the information that Michigan's most frequently stolen car in 2002 was the 1999 Dodge Intrepid and nationwide, the 1989 Toyota Camry.

In 2002 the top five Michigan boys' names were Jacob, Ethan, Joshua, Michael and Nicholas. Jacob, Michael, Andrew, Joshua and Ethan were the top five in Ohio. Michigan girls' names were Madison, Emily, Emma, Hannah and Olivia. In Ohio, Madison, Hannah, Emily, Alexis and Olivia.

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