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Alaska's rodent-free Rat Island gets new name - Hawadax - (pronounced "How-ah-thaa")

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The remote Aleutian site known for two centuries as Rat Island, notorious as the first spot in Alaska despoiled by rats, has a new, more dignified name to celebrate its hard-won rodent-free status - but it may be harder for some to pronounce....

The 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometre) island will now be known as Hawadax (pronounced "How-ah-thaa"), the traditional Aleut name it was given before a Japanese... http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-30/news/sns-rt-us-usa-island-alaskabre84u05k-20120530_1_rat-poison-rodent-free-aleutian

More > http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2152691/Goodbye-Rat-Island-Alaskas-rodent-free-site-gets-new-tongue-twister--Hawadax.html

Wiki > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Island,_Alaska


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