Where is Muhosransk

Muhosransk is a common synonym for a remote, provincial town located somewhere in the wilderness of the castle. It undoubtedly ranks next to such famous cities as Uryupinsk, Alupka and Kryzhopol.

There is only one small difference - Mukhosransk, like Tmutarakan, by the way, is a fictional city. He is not on any map of our vast homeland. So where did this name come from, which is so often used both by ordinary (mainly metropolitan) residents and in the media to negatively designate some remote settlement?

It turns out that this name appeared thanks to the writer-feuilletonist Vasily Lokt, better known under the pseudonym A. Zorich. The first mention of Muhosransk appeared in his story "How It Was":

“When they made a ten-mile map of the empire in 1862, they did not want to designate this city at all. But then a fly crawled and made a point. They began to measure this point and, it turns out, a fly made a straight line to our city: it was such a neat fly, it observed all the degrees, both latitude and longitude. Well, of course, it's a pity to spoil the map, then the designation was assigned, and the city became. "

By the way, many consider this word offensive and hope that in connection with the adoption in 2012 of amendments to the federal law "On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development", the word "Muhosransk" may disappear from the air of TV channels and the media.

Despite the fact that the real Muhosransk does not exist, the city, well-known among the people, has "relatives". So a small village in the Leninsk-Kuznetsky district of the Kemerovo region is called Musokhranovo after the peasants who founded it in the 17th century.