There are cities named "Moron" in Mongolia, Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina. There is also a Moron Airforce Base in Spain. The choice of names is more understandable when you know the translations: in Spanish, "moron" means "hill" or "hummock," and in Mongolian, it means "river."
More facts about "Moron":
- The town of Taft, California, used to be named Moron but had to change its name when the Postmaster General refused to issue it a license because of its name.
- The term "moron" used to be considered a perfectly valid psychological descriptor, along with the terms "idiot," "imbecile" and "feeble-minded." On one psychological scale, morons were considered slightly mentally superior to imbeciles and even more superior to idiots.
- In viral reproduction, a moron is an extra gene in a part of a bacteriophage.