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Funny Place Names

If you saw this post before I added this comment, I've edited the list of funny town names below. Readers commented that there were entire states missing from my list. I did an online search and found an exhaustive (exhausting?) list of funny US towns. The list below now reflects that search, plus additions suggested by readers. If your state is missing or if you know of other funny place names, feel free to click on the comments link at the end of this post.

Many have inquired how we are doing after last Wednesday - we're just fine. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, see the last blog post.) If we've got to be stranded somewhere, how could we go wrong being here?! 😎 We're enjoying extra time with Megan, Jim, and our grandson Drew, and if they're tired of us, they're too gracious to hint that they are. They say our car repairs should be done by the end of the week. It's a little unsettling to think they're going to hand us the car with thousands of dollars worth of repairs done underneath and we're going to begin a 700 mile trip home! Please pray that the repairs will indeed by completed satisfactorily this week. We have jobs back home, and our time off this week is without pay since we've used up our paid personal time.

We were finally able to pull some pictures off Megan's camera, and so I'm putting several below. I told you how intently little Drew watched the fireworks Wednesday evening. Here's how he looked for a solid half hour....

Drew looking intently at the fireworks

Megan was able to take a picture of Becka while they waited in the ambulance for all the formalities to get settled outside. You can see in the picture in Drew's car seat the little yellow fireman's hat and bear the firemen gave him.

my wife Becka in the ambulance

We really enjoyed our evening with the members of the 1982 class of Inter-City Baptist High School who were able to be present at their reunion. It was great to see them again and to get reacquainted after 25 years! It was a great evening of laughing, reminiscing, and praising the Lord for His goodness in our lives. Several tried to get me to believe that I look just the same! I used one of my favorite Dr. Guenter Salter lines on them - "So do you mean to tell me I looked this old back then?!" They would then moderate their comments by saying, "only a little lighter on top." (I hope that was a reference to hair color!) Several recoiled when I said something about their being "middle aged" now. It made me think of a blog post from last summer called "middle age [1]" for those who'd like to read it. Below is a picture of most of those who were in attendance....

the class of 1982

We have seen and heard some pretty interesting names of people and places during our time in the Detroit area. This area is truly diverse in its ethnic background. I remembered a list I had of funny place names that I thought I'd share with you today.

Funny Place Names

After you read the list below you might wonder with me HOW they ever came up with some of these amusing, crazy-sounding names for these towns and villages!

United States by state

Alabama:
Dollar, AL
Pig Eye, AL
Rash, AL
Sardine, AL
Section, AL
Shorter, AL
Smut Eye, AL
Zip City, AL

Alaska:
Candle, AK
Dead Horse, AK
Mary's Igloo, AK

Arizona:
Grasshopper Junction, AZ
Monkey's Eyebrow,AZ
Organ Pipe, AZ
Santa Claus, AZ
Why, AZ

Arkansas:
Alf, AR
Ben Hur, AR
Grape, AR
Hog Wallow, AR
Ozone, AR (Hey, I thought Clinton and not Gore was from Arkansas!)
Possum Grape, AR
Toad Suck, AR
Tomato, AR
Turkey Scratch, AR
Y-City, AR

California:
Burnt Ranch, CA
Confidence, CA
Cool, CA
Likely, CA
Prunedale, CA
Raisin, CA
Skidoo, CA
Thermal, CA
Weed, CA

Colorado:
Bountiful, CO
Empire, CO
Hygiene, CO
No Name, CO
Nowhere, CO
Paradox, CO
Tincup CO

Connecticut:
Giants Neck, CT

Delaware:
Bear, DE
Blades, DE
Hourglass, DE

Florida:
Briny Breezes, FL
Bunker Donation, FL
Celebration, FL
Christmas, FL
Couch, FL
Day, FL
Elfers, FL
Frostproof, FL
Panacea,FL
Picnic, FL
Possum Bluff, FL
Sopchoppy, FL
Spuds, FL
Tobacco Patch Landing, FL
Two Egg, FL
Wacahoota, FL
Yeehaw Junction, FL

Georgia:
Alley, GA
Arabic, GA
Benevolence, GA
Doctortown, GA
Enigma, GA
Experiment, GA
Flintstone, GA
Hephzibah, GA
Homerville, GA
Ideal, GA
Magnet, GA
Mayday, GA
New Georgia, GA
Snap Finger, GA

Hawaii:
Papa, HI

Idaho:
Beaver Head, ID
Butte City, ID

Illinois:
Energy, IL
Goofy Ridge, IL
Grand Detour, IL
Kickapoo, IL
Normal, IL
Oblong, IL (Hence that old classic headline “Normal Boy Marries Oblong Girl.”

Indiana:
Alert, IN
Bacon, IN
Beanblossom, IN
Beehunter, IN
Birds Eye, IN
Buddha, IN
Carefree, IN
Fickle, IN
Santa Claus, IN
Solitude, IN
Steam Corner, IN
Toad Hop, IN

Iowa:
Beebeetown, IA
Tingley, IA
What Cheer, IA

Kansas:
Agenda, KS
Buttermilk, KS
Gas, KS
Liberal, KS
Moonlight, KS
Neutral, KS
Protection, KS
Skiddy, KS
Smileyberg, KS

Kentucky:
Acorn, KY
Asphalt, KY
Awe, KY
Beauty, KY
Cut Shin, KY
Decoy, KY
Dukedom, KY
Dwarf, KY
Grannie, KY
Hazard, KY
Hippo, KY
Jetson, KY
Krypton, KY
Lovely, KY
Moon, KY
Mummie, KY
Mud Lick, KY
Oddville, KY
Ono, KY
Ordinary, KY
Parrot, KY
PeeWee Valley, KY
Pyramid, KY
Quicksand, KY
Ready, KY
Redhouse, KY
Relief, KY
Select, KY
Shoulderblade, KY
Slusher, KY
Turkey, KY
Viper, KY
Vortex, KY
Wax, KY

Louisiana:
Aimwell, LA
Cutoff, LA
Goober Hill, LA
Kickapoo, LA
Plain Dealing, LA
Slaughter, LA
Trout, LA
Vixen, LA
Waterproof, LA

Maine: (see a sign with some place names [2])
Mount Desert Island, ME
Strong, ME

Maryland:
Boring, MD
California, MD
Hale, Maryland
Point of Rocks, MD
Scaggsville, MD

Massachussetts:
Belchertown, MA
Cummaquid, MA
Mashpee, MA
Sandwich, MA

Michigan:
Christmas, MI
Climax, MI
Hell, MI
Lake, MI
Nirvanna, MI
Paradise, MI
Saline, MI

Minnesota:
Blue Earth, MN
Bowstring
Credit River, MN
Embarrass (one of the coldest spots in Minnesota)
Frost
Gully
Montevideo (pronounced with the "video" just like a video tape)
Motley
Savage
Sleepy Eye (Little House on the Prairie location)
Twig

Mississippi:
Arm, MS
Bobo, MS
Chickenbone, MS
Chunky, MS
Doglap, MS
Grin, MS
Hot Coffee, MS
Money, MS
Petal, MS
Screwdriver, MS
Swampbottom, MS
Sweatman, MS

Missouri:
Bland, MO
Clever, MO
Competition, MO
Dissen, MO
Elmo, MO
Enough, MO
Fairdealing, MO
Gipsy, MO
Grubville, MO
Gumbo, MO
Moody, MO
Novelty, MO
Peculiar, MO
Pumpkin Center, MO
Service, MO
Shook, MO
Skidmore, MO
Success, MO
Tightwad, MO

Montana:
Hungry Horse, MT
Moose Town, MT
Opportunity, MT
Pappa's Place, MT
Power, MT
Stump Town, MT

Nebraska:
Magnet, NE

Nevada:
Carp, NV
Pahrump, Nevada
Searchlight, NV

New Jersey:
Ho-ho-kus, NJ
Hopatcong, NJ
Piscataway, NJ

New Mexico:
Flying H, NM
Organ, NM
Truth Or Consequences, NM
Sunspot, NM
Toadlena, NM
Weed, NM

New York:
Bath, NY
Chili, NY
Fishkill, NY
Flushing, NY
Horseheads, NY
Mooers, NY
Triangle, NY

North Carolina:
Bandana, NC
Cooleemee, NC
Frying Pan Landing, NC
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Tomahawk, NC
Tuxedo, NC
Welcome, NC
Whynot, NC

North Dakota:
Beach, ND
Can Do, ND
Mott, ND
Hoople, ND
Horace, ND
Max, ND
Ray, ND
Napolean, ND
Zap, ND

Ohio:
Burgoon, OH
Businessburg, OH
Clyde, OH
Coolville, OH
Defiance, OH
Jelloway, OH
Knockemstiff, OH
Pepper Pike, OH
Poland, OH
Put-in-Bay, OH
Rising Sun, OH

Oklahoma:
Bowlegs, OK
Kremlin, OK
Loco, OK
Happyland, OK
Okay, OK
Slapout, OK
Straight, OK

Oregon:
Aloha, OR
Boring, OR
Drain, OR
Half.com, OR
Idiotville, OR
Riddle, OR

Pennsylvania:
Bird-in-Hand, PA
Buck, PA
Burnt Cabins, PA
Economy, PA
Export, PA
Flourtown, PA
Honey, PA
Jugtown, PA
King of Prussia, PA
Laboratory, PA
Lawn, PA
Library, PA
Lover, PA
Manda Gap, PA
Paint, PA
Peach, PA
Plum, PA
Railroad, PA
Scalp Level, PA
Slippery Rock, PA
Snow Shoe, PA
Spry, PA
Squirrel Hill, PA
Stalker, PA
Stiltz, PA
Burning Well, PA

South Carolina:
Ninety-Six, SC
North, SC
Prosperity, SC

South Dakota:
Bonesteel, SD
Box Elder, SD
Crooks, SD
Eaglebutte, SD
Gopher, SD
Mud Butte, SD
Pukwana, SD
Roscoe, SD
Tea, SD

Tennessee:
Bugscuffle, TN
Bugtussle, TN
Defeated, TN
Difficult, TN
Disco, TN
Flippin, TN
Only, TN
Skullbone, TN
Smartt, TN
Soddy-Daisy, TN
Static, TN

Texas:
Ben Franklin, TX
Best, TX
Bigfoot, TX
Blanket, TX
Boston, TX
Bushland, TX
Camelot, TX
Canadian, TX
Cee Vee, TX
China Grove, TX
China Grove, TX (yes, two of 'em)
Chocolate Bayou, TX
Cost, TX
Cut and Shoot, TX
Dripping Springs, TX
Earth, TX
Egypt, TX
Fink, TX
Flat, TX
Friendship, TX
Grow, TX
Gun Barrel City, TX
Happy, TX
Honey Island, TX
Hoop and Holler, TX
Lawn, TX
Lazbuddie, TX
Moss Hill, TX
Muleshoe, TX
Nacogdoches, TX
Needmore, TX
Needville, TX
New Boston, TX
Noodle, TX
Notrees, TX
Oatmeal, TX
Old Boston, TX (yep, Boston, New Boston, and Old Boston, TX!)
Old Glory, TX
Pep, TX
Petty, TX
Progress, TX
Quail, TX
RingGold, TX
Rosebud, TX
Royalty, TX
Schertz, TX
Study Butte, TX
Telegraph, TX
Tigertown, TX
Tiki Island, TX
Turkey, TX
Tuxedo, TX
Valentine, TX
Veribest, TX (not to be confused with Best, TX)
Zunkerville, TX

Utah:
Bullfrog, UT
Hurricane, UT
Orderville, UT

Vermont:
Bread Loaf, VT
Mosquitoville, VT
Notown, VT

Virginia:
Bane, VA
Clam, VA
Disputanta, VA
Fourway, VA (2 of them)
Frogtown, VA
Goochland, VA
Moonlight, VA (2 of them also)
Pocket, VA
Short Pump, VA
Simplicity, VA

Washington:
Aloha, WA
George, WA
Index, WA
La Push, WA
Medical Lake, WA
Onion Creek, WA
Pysht, WA
Ritzville, WA
Ruff Starbuck, WA
Tiger, WA
Walla Walla, WA
Zillah, WA

West Virginia:
Acme, WV
Alloy, WV
Big Ugly, WV
Big Ugly Creek, WV
Canvas, WV
Friendly, WV
Frost, WV
HooHoo, WV
Kermit, WV
Left Hand, WV
Looneyville, WV
Mammoth, WV
Man, WV
Muddlety, WV
Nitro, WV
Odd, WV
Pinch, WV
Quick, WV
Replete, WV
Shanghai, WV
Sod, WV
Tornado, WV

Wisconsin:
Beetown, WI
Chili, WI
Coon Valley, WI
Cornucopia, WI
Cream, WI
Egg Harbor, WI
Embarrass, WI
Footville, WI
Hustler, WI
Oshkosh, WI
Rising Sun, WI
Spread Eagle, WI
Tell, WI
Ubet, WI
Victory, WI
Village of Superior, WI

Wyoming:
Bairoil, WY
Jackson Hole, WY

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch [3], Anglesy, Wales is an interesting place name, or perhaps better yet is a town in New Zealand that boasts the longest place name in the world - Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 characters long!)

Here's a picture I found online of a sign with the town's name...

longest recognized town name in the world - located in New Zealand

quotation...

"If there's nothing about our lives that shows the imprint of God, then He doesn't get the glory." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

The optimist is often as wrong as the pessimist, but he is much happier.