Hilarity ensued as I was looking at the Google Books metadata on Anthony Grafton’s The Footnote: A Curious History (1997). The site maps this phrase of scholarly footnote about a manuscript found in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris:

“BN, Paris, MS Dupuy 632, fols. 78 verso, 82 verso-83 recto.”

onto the map as Paris, Mississippi. (I’m too lazy to reprint the page here, but there’s only one stickpin in Mississippi on the map–it ain’t hard to find.)

Okay, fine, it was a kind of dorky hilarity. Mostly it was a mental smirk that probably didn’t even make its way to becoming a full-fledged facial expression.

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