Friday, March 02, 2018

The Black Panther and Wauconda

Everybody knows that The Black Panther hails from the country of  Wakanda, right? I have never been there.

But I HAVE been to Wauconda!

Wauconda, Illinois, about forty miles northwest of Chicago, is home to Bangs Lake. As a youth a number of decades ago, I went swimming in that lake.

The success of the Black Panther movie is causing a headache lately for Waucondans. Over-enthused movie fans and/or over-enthused comics fans are roaming the streets of Wauconda looking for vibranium and they are loudly reciting snippets of the movie's dialogue in public places. Here are some articles about this Illinois phenomenon.

Wauconda and Wakanda have different pronunciations but this does not seem to deter the over-enthused. The phrase "Get a life" was coined for exactly this turn of events, don't you think?


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