The names of Britian’s 70,000 or so pubs cover a broad range, running from the inspired to the improbable. […] At a minimum, the name should puzzle foreigners – this is a basic requirement of most British institutions – and ideally it should excite long and inconclusive debate, defy all logical explanation, and evoke images that border on the surreal. Among pubs that meet, and indeed exceed, these exacting standards are the Frog and Nightgown, the Bull and Spectacles, the Flying Monk, and the Crab and Gumboil.

Bill Bryson, Mother Tongue (p. 193)

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