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True Story (Not An Urban Legend)

Some years ago, San Diego Zoo opened a branch called the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The Park is built around an enormous open-field enclosure where the animals roam free. To see the animals, visitors ride on a monorail called the Wgasa Bush Line which circles the enclosure. Here's the true story of how the Wgasa Bush Line got its name.

The zoo wanted to give the monorail a jazzy, African sounding name. So they sent out a memo to their employees asking, "What shall we call the monorail at the Wild Animal Park?"

One of the memos came back with WGASA written on the bottom. The planners loved it and the rest is history.

What the planners didn't know was that the zoo staffer had not intended to suggest a name. He was using an acronym which was popular at the time. It stood for Who Gives A Shit Anyhow?

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