Yes, there's a Wauconda, Illinois. No, they don't have Vibranium. So please stop asking.

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Feb 23, 2018

Wakanda is a fictional, technologically advanced nation in Africa created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics. Wauconda is a small village in Lake County, Illinois (an hour and 12 minutes from Chicago), established in 1849. The sooner you understand the distinction between the two places, the sooner the poor people of Wauconda can stop enduring prank calls from people asking about vibranium or shouting "WAKANDA FOREVER!" 

"At first, I was like, is there a full moon out?" the village's mayor, Alise Homola, told The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog. Someone called and asked how we pronounced the village name, and when I told him, he began yelling, 'Wakanda forever!' which I am guessing is from the film."

Homola also fielded a strange request for vibranium, the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe, which allows the Wakandans to develop such wondrous technology. Even the principal of Wauconda High School, Dan Klett, was asked if the school's bulldog mascot would be replaced by a black panther. At the moment, he said there are no plans to change the mascot.

In a way, this is the 21st-century version of the old bits of "Is your refrigerator running?" and "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" In another way, it's a tad immature and disrespectful to the unwitting Waucondans, but as long as there's no lasting harm, it's okay to show one's love of the movie. Besides, the village isn't the only place where Panther-related pranks are taking place.

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta had some fun with travelers by teasing a nonexistent flight to Wakanda. And despite the fictional material of the movie, many are using its message and cultural importance to bring about real political action

Black Panther has made almost $500 million at the worldwide box office, obliterating a number of records along the way.