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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #50 on: June 20, 2010, 08:57:06 AM »

How about "Pissouri", Cyprus. :D

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #51 on: June 21, 2010, 02:02:09 AM »

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #52 on: June 21, 2010, 10:01:17 AM »


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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #53 on: June 21, 2010, 10:56:28 AM »


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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #54 on: June 21, 2010, 11:29:00 AM »


Damn. It looks like he made more then 200 posts but his profile says 8?

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #55 on: June 21, 2010, 12:17:55 PM »

A couple of names which have caused me to wonder "What the hell were they thinking":

White Settlement, Texas
Villejuif, France
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #56 on: June 21, 2010, 12:19:21 PM »

A couple of names which have caused me to wonder "What the hell were they thinking":

White Settlement, Texas
Villejuif, France

is White really a reference to the race, as opposed to, say, Captain Theophilus J. White's Merry Band of Explorers, Land Squatters, and Printers of Spurious Private Currency?

and the French - is that "village of Jews"?  My French is pretty rusty.
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2010, 12:55:32 PM »

Going a bit of a different route, here's a couple of redundant names...

First, Table Mesa, CO. "Mesa" is Spanish for "Table", so we've got "Table Table".

Second, in the town of Fishkill, NY (which is kinda funny in and of itself), there is a stream called Fishkill Creek. Here's the thing: "kill" is Dutch for "creek". It's Fish Creek Creek!
And then you have the Wallkill River ("Wall Creek River") - an aquatic "Street Road".
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #58 on: July 01, 2010, 07:39:51 PM »

Going a bit of a different route, here's a couple of redundant names...

First, Table Mesa, CO. "Mesa" is Spanish for "Table", so we've got "Table Table".






There's a Table Mesa Road exit off I-17 north of Phoenix.

Another redundant name: The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. "Brea" is Spanish for "tar," so translated, it would be "The The Tar Tar Pits." :spin:
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MSN: More funny town names
« Reply #59 on: November 09, 2011, 04:49:08 PM »

http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=More+Funny+Town+Names%3a+Tightwad%2c+Mo.&cid=msn1200018&form=HPTRAV

Tightwad, MO
Chicken, AK
Hell, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)
Monkey's Eyebrow, KY
Crapo, MD
Hot Coffee, MS
Knockemstiff, OH
Hell, MI
Cut and Shoot, TX
Lizard Lick, NC
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Re: MSN: More funny town names
« Reply #60 on: November 09, 2011, 05:01:00 PM »

Everybody's heard of Fucking, Austria, and Dildo, Newfoundland. But the signs in Fucking are made that much funnier by the sign underneath, which translates as "Please—not so fast!"

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Re: MSN: More funny town names
« Reply #61 on: November 09, 2011, 07:22:58 PM »

Don't forget Phuket in Thailand!

Oregon's funny town names: Drain.  Boring.  Brothers.  Sisters.  Baker.  Talent.  Amity.  Sublimity.  We also have Detroit and Sagninaw for the automotive-inclined folks.  Go to Florence and see all the mileage signposts pointing to the other Florences in the world.  North Bend is not north of Bend.  Coquille's pronunciation by people not from our area usually gives them away.  Get your power in Powers, home of the Powers Cruisers and no, we're not talking about naval units, we're talking timber cruisers. 

Utah still has the best one.  Beaver.  It's in Beaver County.  The high school is the Beaver Beavers.  Runnerup goes to Millard, which is in Fillmore County.

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #62 on: November 09, 2011, 09:04:48 PM »

Now y'all can look back and see what names have already come up. One of my favorites from recent travels: Accident, MD. Stay safe!

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #63 on: November 09, 2011, 09:23:01 PM »

It's not incorporated, but Skinquarter, VA has always been funny to me.
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #64 on: November 10, 2011, 07:44:51 AM »

Utah still has the best one.  Beaver.  It's in Beaver County.  The high school is the Beaver Beavers.

Washington also has a Beaver between Forks and Port Angeles on the 101. Didn't recall any prominent signage, though. Our family was going to the Hoh Rain Forest (pronounced "hoe").

Florida doesn't have many funny town names, although Frostproof was named because it seemed to be a good place to grow citrus. But the winter of 1895 proved them wrong.

There's Duck Key (not really a town, but quite large and independent enough) along Overseas Highway towards Key West. I feel like a kid pronouncing it.

The city of Boca Raton translates to "Rat's Mouth" in Spanish. Kind of disappointed the town logo nor high school team uses the rat as a mascot. Even more odd is a private housing community (with some nice lots of land) called Boca Grande, which translates to "Big Mouth"...which is apt for a couple of people from the area, based on experience.

There's a Smut Eye (or Smuteye), Alabama...here's a story about it.

Passed through a Homer in Ohio, along OH 661.
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #65 on: November 12, 2011, 12:07:14 PM »

Utah still has the best one.  Beaver.  It's in Beaver County.  The high school is the Beaver Beavers.

Washington also has a Beaver between Forks and Port Angeles on the 101. Didn't recall any prominent signage, though. Our family was going to the Hoh Rain Forest (pronounced "hoe").

Florida doesn't have many funny town names, although Frostproof was named because it seemed to be a good place to grow citrus. But the winter of 1895 proved them wrong.

There's Duck Key (not really a town, but quite large and independent enough) along Overseas Highway towards Key West. I feel like a kid pronouncing it.

The city of Boca Raton translates to "Rat's Mouth" in Spanish. Kind of disappointed the town logo nor high school team uses the rat as a mascot. Even more odd is a private housing community (with some nice lots of land) called Boca Grande, which translates to "Big Mouth"...which is apt for a couple of people from the area, based on experience.

There's a Smut Eye (or Smuteye), Alabama...here's a story about it.

Passed through a Homer in Ohio, along OH 661.

I have cousins that live in Two Egg (on SR 69 between Greenwood and Grand Ridge).

And I always drive by Faver Dykes State Park on the way up there! (St. Augustine)
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #66 on: November 12, 2011, 06:42:09 PM »

Anyone ever visit Buttzville, NJ??

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« Reply #67 on: November 12, 2011, 10:48:42 PM »

Belcherville, TX. Uuuuuuuhhhhhhhh!
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #68 on: November 13, 2011, 12:10:56 AM »

There's a Smut Eye (or Smuteye), Alabama...here's a story about it.

Lots of funny names in Alabama.  Here's a few more:
Bug Tussle
Slapout
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #69 on: November 13, 2011, 09:42:31 AM »

Intercourse, PA (up the street is Bird In Hand)  Dirty minds might make a dirty joke here lol!

As is Blue Ball.
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #70 on: November 13, 2011, 10:37:26 AM »

Peculiar, MO

Should I give a shout-out to Yellville, AR ? ;)
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #71 on: November 13, 2011, 12:22:32 PM »

Your dirty minds on intercourse PA:

Also, Cheesequake NJ....sounds like a slang term for flatulance caused by cheese.

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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #72 on: December 03, 2011, 12:49:44 PM »

While traveling to St Louis, I went through the town of Benld, IL.
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Re: Funny-named towns
« Reply #73 on: December 03, 2011, 05:48:56 PM »

How about Reddick, FL.  On the original Exxon fold maps, it was hyphened between the two Ds and made on two lines due to space limitiations making it look like a colorful body part.  I remember bringing it in to school to show my class mates as we had a teacher named something similar to what Exxon printed.
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« Reply #74 on: December 03, 2011, 06:49:37 PM »

Chicken, AK

Local legend has it that town residents wanted to name it for the local game bird, but nobody knew how to spell "ptarmigan". 

For weird and appalling, there's the town near Kirkland Lake in northern Ontario that clings to the name Swastika, which appears on highway signs and the local post office.  (Yeah, it was named for a local mine, and both the mine and the town were so named long before the Nazis gave swastikas a bad name.  Still....)

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