Have You Ever Been to Boring, Oregon?
There really appears to be no end to the seemingly innocuous words that people string together to form humorous and sometimes offensive names for cities across the globe. This installment features another gem from my apparent favorite whipping post Kentucky, Wales finds itself on the list for the first time, and evidently someone lost their ass in Scotland (let's hope they found it).
Boring, Oregon can be found in the northern portion of the state, along the border with Washington and about 20 miles from downtown Portland. The town is named after William H. Boring, who was a Union veteran that moved out to Oregon following the Civil War. In an effort of wishful thinking, some of the town's residents refer to Boring as "the most exciting place to live".
Chicken Gizzard Ridge, Kentucky
Every time I compile one of these lists I kick myself for not making one designated entirely to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, there certainly seems to be enough material. What in the world is going on down there? Chicken Gizzard Ridge, Kentucky is not so much a town but more like a rural community, no big surprise there I suppose. There appears to be little evidence to support any claim to how this place got its name but I think a person can make an assumption on this one. Thank you again Kentucky.
Settled by the Normans in the 12th century, The name Nobber comes from the Irish for "the work" which is meant as a moat surrounding a fortified structure, such as castle. As one can imagine, the town's signs are frequently stolen as many people find humor in this particular town name.
I often times refer to the city in which I live as the "butthole of civilization", well I guess that I can no longer lay claim to that particular title. Anus, France can be found in the Burgundy region of France and was founded in the 1500's. A story behind the name claim that the village was named after the Egyptian god of the Underworld, Anubis.
As I said in the opening, there is a town in Scotland named Assloss, unfortunately I couldn't find much of any information on it. I found it on a map so I believe that it does in fact exist, and since this list is strictly for entertainment purposes I have included it.
Boogertown, North Carolina
Boogertown, North Carolina appears to be a suburb (I guess one could call it that) in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. Personally I would find it funny as all get out to live in place called Boogertown, and so would my kids, but my wife claims that she couldn't do. Why you might ask? She claims she can't do anything having to do with boogers or snot, but she used to work in microbiology lab where she handled fecal samples on a regular basis...?
Placentia, Canada can be found in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada's east coast. The title comes from the first inhabitants of the island, the Basques, and refers to the Basque village of Placencia.
The town of Puke can be found in northern Albania, also the capital of the Puke region of Albania, so if you're keeping score...the city of Puke is the capital of Puke.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales is the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. And...oh good lord...the name translates to..."St. Mary's church in hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave"...and apparently the name is nothing more than a publicity stunt from 1860's to draw attention the village and the surrounding area.
Crapstone, United Kingdon
Crapstone, United Kingdom
As far as villages in the United Kingdom, Crapstone is a rather mild title. Information on the origin of the name is hard to come by, hence the reason I have zero information for you on this particular place.
And with that come the end of another effort to amuse you with a list of some of the humorous and offensive town names throughout the world. I hope that I have succeeded in both, humoring and offending you.
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