After World War II, Budapest, in gratitude* for being freed, named some of their major streets and squares after Allied stuff. A few years ago, having elected a nationalist government, they started changing some of the names back: Moscow Square became Sze’ll Ka’lma’n te’r, but several nearby businesses kept Moscow-themed names; Roosevelt Square became Sze’chenyi Square, but, um, maybe they couldn’t reach the old sign to take it down, and had to throw red paint at it instead?

*(possibly gratitude in some cases extracted at Soviet gunpoint)

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