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Have You Ever Been to Boring, Oregon?

Updated on March 15, 2013

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, Oregan

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Boring, Oregon

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.

Nobber, Ireland

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Nobber, Ireland

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.

Anus, France

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Anus, France

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.

Assloss, Scotland

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

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Placentia, Canada

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.

Puke, Albania

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Puke, Albania

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

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales

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

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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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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Another good one! That town with the long name. Interest-

      ing-----and strange......

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      That is a strange one, I'm not even sure how one would pronounce that one. I thank you for your continued support.

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Nice selection of weird names, rlbert00. I noticed the Welsh village name also has 4 L's in a row as well as 3 GOs in a row. I remember a village in England called Six Mile Bottom. Voted up and interesting.

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      There seems to be a never ending supply of material for this particular topic. Next to Kentucky, England has some of the best town names that I've found, many of them cannot be repeated in this particular medium. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Too funny and so enjoyable! As I have driven through Kentucky and West Virginia many times, I have noticed some interesting names like Hazzard (think this was in the Dukes of Hazzard TV Show) and Grundy. I recently noticed some street signs while driving in our town today that seemed pretty simple: Roy and Linda Lou. I wonder what that was all about?

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      Oh yes, in the process of looking for locations for these lists I have seen many streets, geological formations, parks, and bodies of water with some very colorful titles, many of which I could never put on here. It has been quite enjoyable coming up with these lists though. Thank you for your continued support though reading and commenting on my hubs.

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      fedemenzed 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is hilarious. Put a big smile on my face! Great article, well done

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the kind word and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      LOL at Puke. Btw, in the Philippines, that word pertains to the female's sensitive area.

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      I was not aware of that, I actually came across quite a few places who's name had some reference to that particular area of the female body. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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