Tuesday, August 11, 2009

They Named It What?!!!

Shakespeare posed the question: "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Perhaps in many cases, but not all. If where you are raised has something to do with your destiny--and some people believe it does--then there are some places in the US that I'd rather not have deciding that destiny. To say the least, the place names are strange, or maybe weird or just plain nuts, in some cases.

Herewith some of those strange city names. I know they are real places, but why would anyone name a city like these?

Alabama: Burnt Corn, Muck City
Alaska: Dead Horse, Nightmute
Arizona: Bumble Bee, Chloride, Show Low, Two Guns, Why
Arkansas: Experiment, Greasy Corner, Possum Grape, Toad Suck, Turkey Scratch
California: Badwater, Bivalve, Clapper Gap, Doghouse Junction, Frying Pan, Hellhole Palms, Sucker Flat, Yreka Zzyzx
Colorado: Hygiene, Parachute
Connecticut: Moosup, Delaware Blue Ball
Florida: Sopchoppy, Two Egg
Georgia: Between, Snapfinger, Hawaii Papa, Idaho Beer Bottle Crossing
Illinois: Normal, Roachtown
Indiana: French Lick, Gnaw Bone, Spraytown, Toad Hop
Iowa: Diagonal, Gravity, What Cheer
Kansas: Admire, Buttermilk, Gas
Kentucky: Bugtussle, Crummies, Hand Shoe, Monkey's Eyebrow, Possum Trot, Typo
Louisiana: Belcher, Dry Prong, Tickfaw, Waterproof
Maine: Bald Head, Beans Corner Bingo
Maryland: Accident, Boring, Secretary
Massachusetts: Belchertown, Cow Yard, Sandwich
Michigan: Bad Axe, Hell, Pigeon, Podunk, Slapneck
Minnesota: Embarrass, Fertile, Nowthen
Mississippi: Askew, Hot Coffee, Possumneck, Tie Plant
Missouri: Humansville, Licking, Peculiar, Roach, Tightwad
Montana: Hungry Horse, Square Butt, Two-dot
Nebraska: Colon, Roach, Worms (heck of a combo there)
Nevada: New Hampshire Berlin, Grape Corner, Pahrump, Sandwich Landing
New Jersey: Bivalve, Cheesequake, Good Intent, Little Egg Harbor
New Mexico: Tingle, Truth or Consequences
New York: Cat Elbow Corners, Result, Yaphank Yonkers
North Carolina: Bat Cave, Bunlevel, Gum Neck, Tick Bite, Whynot
North Dakota: Concrete, Zap
Ohio: Blue Ball, Climax, Knockemstiff, Three Legs Town
Oklahoma: Bowlegs, Happy Land, Kremlin, Pumpkin Center
Oregon: Boring, Drain, Half.com, Idiotville, Sodaville, Zig Zag
Pennsylvania: Bath Addition, Corner Store, Fear Not, Intercourse, Loyalsockville, Panic
Rhode Island: Mooseup Valley, Quidnick, Woonsocket
South Carolina: Due West, North, South of the Border, (someone get them a compass please!)
South Dakota: Igloo, Parade, Potato Creek, Red Shirt
Tennessee: Nameless, Only, Static
Texas: Cut -n- Shoot, Ding Dong, Dime Box, Looneyville, Oatmeal, Uncertain
Utah: Plain City, Vermont Bread Loaf, Mosquitoville,Notown,Moscow,Satans Kingdom
Virginia: Croaker, Cuckoo, Fourway (2 of them), Fries,Frogtown,Goochland, Lick Skillet
Washington: Humptulips, Index
West Virginia: Big Chimney, Big Ugly, Left Hand,
Wisconsin: Embarrass, Footville, Imalone, Spread Eagle, Ubet, Wanderoos
Wyoming: Muddy Gap, Point of Rocks


n said...



I think some commas are missing.

Example - "New York: Cat Elbow Corners, Result, Yaphank Yonkers"

I think a comma is missing after Yaphank. I suspect some other states have commas missing too.

OneTiredEma said...

The people of Truth or Consequences, NM, volunteered to re-name the town after the quiz show.

And that's not nearly the weirdest thing in the state...by a lot.