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FUNNY PLACE NAMES - Would You Live in a Town Called "Humptulips"?
Well, judging from these daffy, delectable, or downright distinctive town names like Dildo (Newfoundland & Labrador) and Humptulips (Washington), not to mention Frog Suck (Wyoming) or its sister city Toadsuck (Arkansas), we'll let you draw your own conclusions.
Frankly, who is likely to admit during a polite dinner conversation that they hail from a pleasant but pathetic place called Podunk? Believe it or not, it actually exists in the states of Connecticut, Missouri, New York, and Vermont.
Meanwhile, sillyness seems to stretch across the pond all the way to a quaint little place in jolly Olde England called Quidhampton, (with a population of 404 according the 2001 census). As names go, it looks harmless enough, but its original meaning is, "home of people famous for the dung of their cattle".
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Okay tongue-twisters, what's the longest place name in the world? - Now the real question is, how does one pronounce it?
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NEWFY NEWS FLASH
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On the second day of their Canadian royal tour (November 3, 2009), a connubial couple with cachet, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Cupids, in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, know by locals as a pleasantly procreative place. For history buffs with a penchant for funny place names, Cupids is one of the most significant historic sites in North America. This tiny community was settled in 1610 by John Guy. It is the oldest official English colony in Canada and the second oldest English colony in North America.
OH THOSE NUTTY NAMES IN NEWFOUNDLAND!
FROM THE GIGGLE GALLERY
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This sign naturally begs the question, will one find a form-fitting female undergarment made of wood there or merely a girdle strapped around an obese tree to make it more appealing to nymphs, sprites, and other wee forest creatures?
TITILLATING TITLES & TACKY TOWN NAMES IN AMERICA
If you can't visit these odd, out-of-the-way places, you can at least pour over them in privacy of your place of ease or throne room.
22 WORST PLACE NAMES IN THE WORLD
You mean some folks at Drivl.com actually found time to waste on a web-based wonder such as producing a list of the 22 Worst Place Names in the World including!
Titty Hill, England
Bald Knob, Arkansas,
Whiskey Dick Mountain, Washington
Toad Suck, Arkansas
...and last but not least, this tongue-twisting town title:
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand.
By the way, where is "Cabbage Town" anyway?
OH THE PLACES YOU CAN GO
There are hundreds of towns named "Fairfield", or "Richmond"...but only one named "Leading Tickles", "Happy Adventure" and "Lark Harbour".
So in case you're wondering what to do while waiting for spring to spring, you might want to haul out an Atlas of Canada and pour over places in Newfoundland and Labrador where you can find your funnybone.
You might also want to ask if a signpost reads Wecome to Heart's Content", is that a statement about the place or perhaps the people who live there?
And if you haven't got the a clue where Newfoundland and Labrador is, don't worry you're not alone.
Remember, if all else fails, you can always take a roadtrip to funky Florida and take in the sights and sounds of towns with titillating titles such as "Kissimmee", "Needmore" and "Monkey Box"!
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SOMEWHERE IN NEW JERSEY ... - There's frolicking in the hollyfuds not to mention smooching going on!
WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN PODUNK OR WEINER?
Would you want to live in a place called Podunk, the epitome of what Webster's dictionary refers to as "a small, unimportant, and isolated town" or the next nifty spot called "Weiner" (Arkansas)?
Twits, twats and people of twee might consider this titillating town a gem, but most folks might find it a tad difficult have a strong sense of pride in a place called "Podunk".
There no less than six "Podunks" to choose from in the U.S.A. (including two in Michigan, and one each in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont).
However if "Podunk" was just ho-hum for them, they might wish to consider relocating to "happening" places like:
-- Bobo, Eclectic (Alabama)
-- Eek (Alaska)
-- Bullhead City, Floss, Goobertown, Nothing, Why (Arizona)
-- Flippin, Okay, Possum Grape, Toad Suck, Weiner, Yellville (Arkansas)
-- Booneville, Bummerville, Timbuctoo, Wimp, You Bet (California)
-- No Name (Colorado)
-- Frostproof (Florida)
-- Between, Enigma, (Georgia)
-- Oblong (Illinois)
-- Zero (Indiana)
-- Diagonal, What Cheer (Iowa)
-- Plainville (Kansas)
-- Oddville, Nonesuch, Typo, Uno (Kentucky)
-- Plain Dealing (Louisiana)
-- Beans Corner Bingo (Maine)
-- Boring, Crapo (Maryland)
-- Jugville (Michigan)
-- Looneyville or Nimrod (Minnesota)
-- Bobo, It, SoSo, Zero, Yazoo City (Mississippi)
-- Humansville, Peculiar, Tightwad, Useful (Missouri)
-- Two Dot, Zero, Yaak (Montana)
-- Wahoo (Nebraska)
-- Pahrump (Nevada)
-- Hell Hollow, Lost Nation (New Hampshire)
-- Buttzville or Ho-ho Kus (New Jersey)
-- Truth or Consequences (New Mexico)
-- Boogertown, Whynot (North Carolina)
-- Can Do, Hoople, Zap (North Dakota)
-- Hicksville, Spunky Puddle (Ohio)
-- Loco, Okay (Oklahoma)
-- Boring, Drain, Half.com, Idiotville, Zig Zag (Oregon)
-- Bath Addition, Drab, Jugtown, Loyalsockville, Ono (Pennsylvania)
-- Woonsocket (Rhode Island)
-- Welcome (South Carolina)
-- Peever, Red Shirt (South Dakota)
-- Bitter End, Nameless, Only, Static (Tennessee)
-- Ding Dong, Jot Em Down, Looneyville, Muleshoe, Nada, Noodle, Twitty, Uncertain (Texas)
-- Eureka (Utah)
-- Notown (Vermont)
-- Bumpass, Goochland, Goosepimple Junction (Virginia)
-- Humptulips, Snee Oosh, Stuck, Tukwila, TumTum, Walla Walla (Washington)
-- Crum, Drooping, HooHoo, Looneyville, Odd (West Virginia)
-- Imalone, Ubet, Wanderoos (Wisconsin)
In case you're wondering whether these towns exist, drop by ePodunk.
HILARITY ON THE HORN OF AFRICA
Okay smarty pants, I'll bet you didn't know that town of "Naboomspruit" is now known as "Mookgophong" if you please!
CONGRATULATIONS CANADA ON BECOMING PART OF NORTH AMERICA
THE CRAZY CANUCK COLLECTION
How about Petawawa and Punkeydoodles Corners?
Full of weird, wacky and wonderful names!
Medicine Hat, Moosejaw, and St.Louis-du-Ha!Ha! here we come!
The home of rednecks, Driftpile, Drumheller, and Hairy Hills.
OUTRAGEOUSLY ODD PLACES IN THE LAND OF OZ
And, when it comes to outrageously odd town names, the Aussies might well take the cake!
-- Bald Knob, Queensland
-- Bobbin Head, Victoria
-- Bob's Farm, New South Wales
-- Bone's Knob, Queensland
-- Bong Bong, New South Wales
-- BurrumButtock, New South Wales
-- Cartmeticup, Western Australia
-- Cocklebiddy, Nullarbor, Western Australia
-- Cockle Creek, Tasmania
-- Come-By-Chance, New South Wales
-- Cullaca Cardie, Western Australia
-- Devil's Marbles, Northern Territory
-- Diehard, New South Wales
-- Dogswamp, Western Australia
-- Dunnydoo, New South Wales
-- Eggs and Bacon Bay, Tasmania
-- Finger Post, New South Wales
-- Gnowangerup, Western Australia
-- Hat Head, New South Wales
-- Howlong, New South Wales
-- Humpybong, Queensland
-- Humptydoo, Northern Territory
-- Inaloo, Western Australia
-- Iron Knob, South Australila
-- Jimboomba, Queensland
-- Kelly's Knob, Kununurra, Western Australia
-- Koolyanobbing, Western Australia
-- Loos, South Australia
-- Middle Intercourse Island, Queensland
-- Mooball, New South Wales
-- Mount Buggery, Victoria
-- Mukinbudin, Western Australia
-- Nevertire, New South Wales
-- Noggerup, Western Australia
-- Nowhere Else, Tasmania
-- Poowong, Victoria
-- Smiggin Holes, New South Wales
-- Tittybong, Victoria
-- Tom Ugly, New South Wales
-- Walla-Walla, New South Wales
-- Wattanobbi, New South Wales
-- Widgiemooltha, Western Australia
-- Willabillongado, Southern Australia
-- Wonglepong, Queensland
-- Wyalkatchem, Western Australia
-- Xantippe, Western Australia
-- Yorkey's Knob, Queensland
For those who are really keen to learn more about those very odd Aussie place names, do take a wee peek at "The Road to Mount Buggery: A Journey through the Curiously Named Places of Australia" by Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee.
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HILARIOUS HOMETOWNS FOR HERBIVORES
Herbivores, better known as veggie-lovers, are a rare species in North America.
They will however probably find the "welcome" mat open for them in the following places:
-- Burnt Corn (Alabama)
-- Avocado, Cactus, Cabbage Patch, Peanut, Weed, Weedpatch (California)
-- Beanblossom (Indiana)
-- Admire, Gas (Kansas)
-- Belcher, Waterproof (Louisiana)
-- Belchertown, Mashpee (Massachusetts)
-- Olive Branch (Michigan)
-- Olive Branch (Mississippi)
-- Sweetgrass (Montana)
-- Weed Heights (Nevada)
-- Pumpkin Center (Oklahoma)
-- Green Grass, Potato Creek (South Dakota)
-- Cucumber (West Virginia)
And north of the 49th parallel, those Vitamin-C voyageurs can trot off to:
Carrot Creek, Community Punch Bowl, Grassland, Grassy Lake (Alberta)
Parsnip River (British Columbia)
Mushaboom (Nova Scotia)
Onion Lake (Saskatchewan)
"Being flatulent is a price we all pay for being part of the animal kingdom. Some people pay a heavier price than others.
As vegetarian and high fibre diets become popular, flatulence increases, requiring society and individuals to make adjustments that are dietary, linguistic, psychological and even cultural."
Life Lesson 42: Beware of 'sliders' at family get-togethers, 'freeps' in elevators, and 'vagrant volatiles' at cocktail parties!
OFF-THE-BEATEN TRACK PLACES TO PLOP DOWN
- QUIPPING QUEEN'S QUARTERS
For those who want to know all about an obscure, odd, and some might even say outlandish monarch of mirth.
- LITTLE LOO LIBRARY
A charming spot to spend time for those on the go!
For those who find croquet, hopscotch, or marbles a tad boring and need a little something to spice up their life!
- CHURCH OF CHORTLE
The Church of Chortle, (loosely affiliated with the Church of 80% Sincerity), is known to extend a saucy smile to faithless funnyboners, snickerless souls, and witless waywards.
- TREEHOUSE TREASURY
If you're bored right out of your tree talking with boring friends or relatives who live in equally boring places, you really should check out the "treehouse treasury" -- where you can turn your childhood fantasy into reality!
- TOP 50 WORST VACATION SPOTS
A tribute to the top 50 most boring sight-seeing trips in America.
FEARFUL FOLKS SHOULD AVOID THESE HOT SPOTS
America has always been painted as the home of the wild, wild west (full of rogues, scoundrels, and outlaws according to Hollywood films).
So, it's not surprising that visitors to America would be wise to avoid the following rooting tooting towns:
-- Boneyard (Arizona)
-- Smackover (Arkansas)
-- Deadwood, Deadwood Crossing, Doghouse Junction, Hellhole Palms, Hells Kitchen, Last Chance, Mad River, Needles, Scarface, Shafter, Shitbritches Creek, Squabbletown, Thorn (California)
-- Last Chance, Parachute (Colorado)
-- Slickpoo (Idaho)
-- Kickapoo (Illinois)
-- Gnaw Bone (Indiana)
-- Burning Springs, Chicken Gizzard, Cut Shin, Mean John, Viper (Kentucky)
-- Cut-Off, Slaughter (Louisiana)
-- Accident (Maryland)
-- Fireworks (Massachusetts)
-- Bad Axe, Hell, Slapneck (Michigan)
-- Savage (Minnesota)
-- Dragon (Missippi)
-- Big Arm (Montana)
-- Weeping Water (Nebraska)
-- Hell Hollow (New Hampshire)
-- Double Trouble, Rudeville (New Jersey)
-- Truth or Consequences (New Mexico)
-- Flushing (New York)
-- Gum Neck, Half Hell, Kill Devil Hills (North Carolina)
-- Napoleon (North Dakota)
-- Knockemstiff, Ballville (Ohio)
-- Kremlin, Slaughterville (Oklahoma)
-- Fossil (Oregon)
-- Burning Well, Balltown, Big Ball, Fear Not, Moscow, Panic, Scalp Level, Stalker, Torpedo (Pennsylvania)
-- Hog island (Rhode Island)
-- Red Shirt (South Dakota)
-- Difficult, Finger, Smartt (Tennessee)
-- Bacon, Bangs, Big Foot, Cut n' Shoot, Gun Barrel City, Hoop and Holler, Old Glory, Point Blank, Possum Kingdom, Run and Shoot, Spur, Tarzan, Tiger Town, Trophy Club (Texas)
-- Dirty Devil River (Utah)
-- Moscow, Satan's Kingdom (Vermont)
-- Ben Hur, Disputanta (Virginia)
-- Ruff Starbuck, Tiger (Washinton)
-- Big Ugly, Gormania, Tornado, War (West Virginia)
-- Red Mound (Wisconsin)
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Fetid Fragrance Poll
This town is located in what country?
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
The city of Slaughter, Texas (population: 11,284), has never had a homicide occur within its boundaries.
A HODGE-PODGE OF HILARIOUS LINKS
- DIRTY OLD TOWNS
A curious compendium of dirty old towns.
- HODGE-PODGE OF HILARIOUS TOWN NAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Cheeky, odd, or off-color town names are not confined to North America, as you'll see from this list.
- WIKIPEDIA'S WEIRD LIST
Weird town names from Wikipedia naturally!
- NUTTY NEWFOUNDLAND NAMES
Wouldn't ya love to live in Come-By-Chance, Cow's Lick, Goobies, or Leading Ticles West?
- THAT CRAZY CANUCK COLLECTION
Those crazy Canucks have their share of strange if not a tad dangerous placenames, from Blow-Me-Down (Newfoundland), to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Alberta), and Gore (Nova Scotia) or how about Grizzly Bear's Head & The Lean Man (Saskatchewan).
- AMAZING ARKANSAS TOWNS
Unusual names to amuse if not intrigue you.
- GOBSMACK NAMES FROM THE OLDE COUNTRY
There really is an Affpuddle, Pity Me, and Thwing, so there!
- RIBALD DESTINATIONS
Where those with a bad case of ennuie go for chuckle and chortle.
- ODD PLACES IN AMERICA
Victoria Elizabeth, better known as The Quipping Queen, provides a bird's eye view of odd places to visit in America.
- TEE HEE TOWN NAMES
A terribly long list of tee hee town names in the USA.
- HOOHOO HERE WE COME
And you thought HooHoo didn't exist did you!
- ODD NEWS
Odd news about odd people, places and things naturally!
- MIRTHFUL MAPS OF CANADA
A curious collection of oddball places in Canada.
- WELCOME TO HALF.COM
A bit of trivia behind how this Oregon town acquired its name.
- CRAZY CRITTER MAP OF USA
Here is a map of U.S. place names with the word "salmon", "possum", "alligator" and "moose".
A great way to locate and mark your favorite spots in North America...or around the world (using Google Satellite maps).
- OFF THE MAP!
A mirthful map of Canada - a whole host of celestial place names!
- TOP 10 REASONS TO LIVE IN CANADA
A bit of wonk and whimsy for those who need oodles of reasons to live in Canada's 10 crazy provinces (and territories).
- HOW TO LIVEN UP YOUR TOPIC
How to prevent your audience from nodding off or snoozing during your presentation, maybe you should decline that invitation to speak in "Boring", Oregon?
- MIRTHFUL MAP OF USA
Here's one man's mirthful map of the USA.
- ST. PATRICK'S SNICKER SPOTS
Folks who kiss blarney stones, hang out with leprechauns, and engage in one too many tippling tournaments are bound to have some strange towns in their country.
- AMUSING ADVENTURES IN ANTARCTICA
So it's only -50 degrees Celsius all year round in Antarctica...at least they have some great places to visit..."Heave-Ho Slope", "Pandemonium Point", or "Lake Porkchop".
- PIDDLEHINTON HERE WE COME!
The "Olde Country" is a terrific spot to seek unusual towns to visit, be it "Droop", "Puddletown", or "Piddlehinton".
- HAPPY HOLIDAY TOWN NAMES
In America, no one needs an excuse for a party, especially in these places!
- VALENTINE VACATION SPOTS
There's something to be said for dropping by these titillating towns on February 14th!
- TITILLATING TOWNS & TIME ZONES
Keep this list out on your next road-trip, along with your GPS so you won't miss them as you whizz by!
- POINTLESS PLACES TO VISIT
An updated unusual database of odd places, ludicrously named land features in North America...and around the globe.
- SNORTING SIGNPOSTS!
Not many people can boast that they live in "Tolpuddle" now can they.
- OFF-THE-BEATEN TRACK IN THE OLDE COUNTRY
Be sure to carry a guest book and a camera with you next time you visit England and record your trip to "Chipping Sodbury", "Giggleswick" and "Ugglebarnby"!
- A PITHY PROFILE OF FUNNY TOWNS IN THE USA
A tasty introduction to peculiar places in the USA, by Frank K. Gallant.
- NAME THAT TOWN
All about the origin of McGillicuddy City, North Dakota.
- TIDBITS OF TRIVIAL TEE-HEE
For those adore idle pursuits such as collecting odd things about ordinary places, this site is right up your alley.
- HAVE BRITS GONE BONKERS?
This site is definitely not for the faint-of-heart, and should only be viewed by those who appreciate double entendres and low-brow humor.
- GOTTA GO TO GRAPEVINE
Grapevine, Texas -- the headquarters blabbermouths, busybodies, chatter-boxes, gossiping good-for-nothings, loquacious loafers, social climbers, and far too many rampant rumor-mills not to mention a treasure trove of tantalizing tattletales?
- WACKY BUT WONDERFUL PLACES TO VISIT
Wacky places to visit sorted according to how friendly or unfriendly they are or towns that make you hungry, remind you of bugs, birds and other critters and lesser-known homo sapiens.
- UTOPIA, OHIO
If you found "Utopia", maybe "Nirvana" is next!
- 13 ODD PLACES
Or, this might well be called "13 places to visit before one expires"!
- TITILLATING T-SHIRTS FROM TERRIFIC TOWNS
It's one thing to live in those quirky spots, it's quite another to wear a t-shirt with their names emblazoned on them!
- UNFORGET-A-BULL ...in New Zealand
The people of Bull, New Zealand know how to embrace their name!
HILARIOUSLY HAPPY HOMETOWNS
Canada is home to some very funny folk judging from their whimiscal and sometimes weird names given to their towns, villages and cities.
Newfoundlanders seem to be a boisterous bunch, with a wide variety of nutty if not novel and sometimes naughty names to show for themselves:
-- Bar Haven, Bareneed, Billy Butts Pond, Black Tickle, Bleak Joke Cove, Blow-me-down, Bumble Bee Bight, Calves Nose, Cat Gut, Comfort Cove, Cupids, Dildo, Empty Basket, Famish Gut, Goblin, Gripe Point, Ha Ha Bay, Hearts Content, Hearts Delight, Heart's Desire, Hare's Ears Point, Herring Neck, Horse Chops, Jerrys Nose, Joe Batt's Arm, Leading Tickles, Little Cat Arm, Little Heart's Ease, Little Looping Harbour, Little Paradise, Nancy Oh, Nippers Harbour, Pettycoat Harbour, Tickle Cove, Run-by-guess, Too Good Arm, Virgin Arm, and Wild Bight.
In Nova Scotia, they seem to have a lot of foolish folk with some odiferous challenges:
-- Bangs Falls, Beaver Harbour, Coddle Harbor, Garden of Eden, Gore, Lapland, Malgnant Cove, Meat Cove, Nuttby, Old Sweat, Pugwash, Sackville, Shag Harbor, Sugar Loaf, and Upper Big Tacadie.
Ontario is home to some hard-headed, heavy-handed folk who make their homes in:
-- Balls Falls, Bastard, Carp, Crotch Lake, Oldmans Pocket, Pronto, Sucker Creek, Swastika, Thunder Bay, and Wawa!
Quebec is home to "Le Bonhomme" (King of the Winter Carnival), so it's not surprising to see a few hee-hees here including:
-- Funny Lake, St. Louis-du-Ha!Ha!, not to mention a peculiar place called Shitagoo Lake.
Image Credit: Andrew19933@flickr.com
I DARE DARE YOU TO LIVE IN DRAGONVILLE! - How will you celebrate 2012 the Year of the Dragon?
Judging from the fact that there are fewer than 99 place names and features in the 2.1 million name U.S. Geological Survey data base devoted to the name "dragon", one might draw the conclusion that either no one believes in dragons in America, or they have all gone the way of the dodo bird.
Image Credit: Posted by illustrator Kenny Durkin, May 30, 2010 - durkinworks.blogspot.com/DragonEwoksAB
Would visit or pull up stakes and live in Dragonville, Virginia?
"Boring" is not a state of mind, it's a place in Oregon!!!
WHO KNEW TIGER WAS SO POPULAR?
According to the United States Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), there are almost 400 places and land features with the name, "Tiger".
To make it easy, here are a few terrific tiger towns and tourist traps in the U.S.A. to visit ...but do watch out for those golf balls!
-- Flying Tigers Airport (Texas)
-- Last Chance/Tiger Mine (Montana)
-- Royal Tiger Mine (Colorado)
-- Smiling Tiger Ranch (Arizona)
-- Tiger (populated place in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington)
-- Tiger Bay (town in Florida)
-- Tiger Bluff Landing (Louisiana)
-- Tiger Cat Dam (Wisconsin)
-- Tiger Cape (landform in Alaska)
-- Tiger Fork (town in Missourri)
-- Tiger Hammock (island in Florida)
-- Tiger Hole Swamp (Florida)
-- Tiger Island (Louisiana and Texas)
-- Tigerland Acres (populated place in Louisiana)
-- Tiger Lily (California)
-- Tiger Mine (Arizona)
-- Tiger Mountain (Georgia, Texas)
-- Tiger Peak (summit of mountain in Idaho)
-- Tiger Point (town in Florida)
-- Tiger-Poorman Mine (Idaho)
-- Tiger Tail (Tennessee town)
-- Tiger Tail Island (Florida)
-- Tiger Tail Park (California)
-- Tigertail Glacier (Alaska)
-- Tigertail Point (landfeature in Wisconsin)
-- Tiger Tank Farm (Oklahoma)
-- Tigerton (town in Wisconsin)
-- Tigertown (town name in Connecticut and Texas)
-- Tigerville (town name in Louisiana, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Texas)
Image Credit: Illustration by Peter Kneebone
What's with that polka dot ox?
Since 2009 was the Year of the Ox according to Chinese astrology, you'll have to wait until 2021 to take your next "ox" vacation. In the meantime, maybe you can visit these big beast burghs:
-- Upper Ox Frame Gulch Mine in Fergus County, Montana (USA)
-- Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon (USA)
-- Durham Ox, Victoria (Australia)
Image Credit: Bill Mayer@flickr.com
This little piggy went where?
To some folks, the pig is a very lucky animal, while to others, it is a constant reminder that there's very little difference between homo sapiens and hogs -- they both love to play in the mud!
So, if you've been itching to do something different, why not stop by some of these playful pigpens and posh pigsties mentioned below.
While we're on the subject of "hogs", how about Hogpen Crossing (Texas) or Hogtown (Indiana and New York).
Or if those spots don't tickle your fancy, there's always: Black Hog Landing (Deleware), Hogback (Kansas), Hog Eye (West Virginia) or its variant Hogeye (in Arkansas, Arizona and Texas), Hogeye Crossroads (South Carolina), Hog Island (in Maryland and North Carolina), or Hogjaw (in either Alabama or Arkansas), Hog Mountain (Georgia), Hog Valley, (Florida), or Hogshooter (Oklahoma).
Image Credit: Bill Mayer Illustrator at flickr.com
If you wanna win the rat race...then you better find the perfect place to start!
According to Chinese astrology, rats are ambitious, hard-working, fastidious, sociable and charming animal personalities who are a tad tight with their wealth and possessions. All the more reason why "Rats" should practice opening their wallets and pay a visit to these rat-friendly places.
Rats must love Ohio because there are more than a few rodent placenames there including: Rat, Ratsville, and Rat Row.
Hollywood is the home of the famous "Rat Pack" comprised of Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Frank Sinatra. So, it's not surprising that rodents really adore California given the plethora of placenames dedicated to them including: Rat Farm, Ratto Landing and Rat Trap Gap Trailhead.
However just in case none of these placenames turn your crank, how about the following ludicrous landmarks:
-- Big Rat Lake, Alaska
-- Cactus Rat Mine, Utah
-- Mt. Rat, Connecticut
-- Little Rat Creek, Wyoming
-- Rat Butte, Oregon
-- Rat Bayou, Louisianna
-- Rat Pond, Florida
-- Rat Island, South Carolina
-- Rats Nest Gulch, Idaho
-- Rat Run, Illinois
-- Tarred Rat Creek, Virginia
-- Ratsville, Ohio
-- Rat Farm, California
Image Credit: shalulu9 at flickr.com
TOOLS FOR TOPONOMISTS
Toponomy": the geographic study of place names
- EXPLORE, SEARCH & DISCOVER
GOOGLE EARTH Map Tool.
- MAP BUILDER
Let's you build your own maps of funny place names.
- MAP QUEST
A great way to locate places, find driving directions ...so you never get lost!
2006 PLATIAL AWARDS -- creating new kinds of maps for practically everything under the sun.
- STICKY MAP
A quick way to find your funny place name, or create a map of favorite spots in your neighborhood.
- GOOGLE MANIA MAPPING
A brilliant blog for those who love collecting all manner of tidbits of stuff and such.
- GOOGLE MAPS
A great tool to find out where you're headed along the highway of life (in case you're looking for photos, videso, maps, pit stops etc.)!
Connects locations with Wikipedia articles.
- US GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES DATABASE
US Geographical Names Information System - provides detailed information on landmarks, geographic features, locations, population.
NAUGHTY NOOKIE NAMES IN THE LAND OF THE STARS AND STRIPS
They say that people are known by the company they keep, so one might want to ask what sort of fine folk live in these titillating towns?
Bald Knobs, Ballstown, and Blue Lick (Indiana);
Big Beaver, Bird in Hand, Butztown; Intercourse and Fertility, Heart's Content (Pennsylvania);
Beaverlick (Kentucky); Big Warm (Montana); Big Lick and Hooker (North Carolina) Busti, Conquest, Handsome Eddy, Skinhopple (New York);
Butts, Hopeulikit and Ohoopee (Georgia); Butts, Buttsville, Cherry Box, Climax Springs, Happy Hollow, Snug Harbour (Missouri)
Buttzville (North Dakota); Buttzville and Dick (Michigan and Mississippi);
Dicktown, Loveladies, Nummytown and Skin Corner (New Jersey);
Climax (Georgia, Oregon, Missourri, North Carolina, Washinton); Conception and Fidelity (Missouri); Cozy Nook, La Push and Nook Sack (Washington); Dickshooter, (Idaho); Erect and Horneytown (North Carolina);
Fanny (West Virginia); Floyds Knobs, French Lick, and Hooker Corner (Indiana); Garden of Eden (Illinois); Girdletree, Heart's Ease, Merry Midnight (Maryland); Glasscock (Maryland); Goodnight (Oklahoma); Goodnight and Loveland (Colorado);
Hooker, (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Dakota); Hooker Hole, (Louisiana); Hooker Point and Kissimmee (Florida); Limpytown, Spanker and Striptown (Ohio); Loves Corner (Illinois); Loving (Kentucky and New Mexico); Needmore and Snug Harbour (Missouri); Prettyboy (Maryland); Puckershire (New Hampshire); Needmore (Oklahoma); Need More (Mississippi); New Erection (Virginia); Romance (Arkansas and Arizona); Slip-Up and Hitch (Arizona); Sweet Lips, Bluelick, Comfort, Fudgearound and Hookers Bend (Tennessee);Tingle (New Mexico);
WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN THESE WACKY PLACES?
Ever wondered what the weather's like in "Hell", Michigan or "Leading Tickles", Newfoundland and Labrador?
- HEART'S DESIRE
In "Heart's Desire", do they have blue skies every day?
Sunny all day with a chance of evening perspiration?
- NIPPERS HARBOUR
Predominantly biting weather conditions with the odd flurry or two.
Scorching heat with no rain in sight!
- DEVIL'S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA
They have only two weather conditions in this place "Hot" and "Wet"!
- SAINT CLOUD, MINNESOTA
He's the quality assurance fellow who checks to make sure that every cloud on the planet has a silver lining...even if earthlings don't think so!
What weather...we're here for the entertainment!
- HELL, MICHIGAN
There's not a snowball's chance in hell, that they have good weather here 365 days a year!
- LOVELAND, OK
Loveland, Oklahoma has no forecast and since the town is l,076 feet in elevation, perhaps neither the weatherman nor the birds and bees can find it (and folks there love it that way).
- FAUST, ALBERTA
Folks here are too wrapped up in making Faustian bargains to be concerned about mundane things like the weather.
- SANDSPIT, B.C.
This is a real "happening" place (where the Weather Channel offers the best drama in town)!
- FLIN FLON
Folks in Flin Flon get lots of blue sky all year round...and big bloodthirsty blackflies for two months in summer!
IT'S CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR ROUND IN THESE FUNNY TOWNS!
The Ordnance Survey, (Great Britain's national mapping agency), provides a glimpse of giggle-oriented places to spend your Christmas holidays.
This online mapping tool proves that the "olde country" is a real Christmas cracker when it comes to feeling festive. From Cold Christmas (Hertfordshire) and Christmas Cross (Shropshire) to Holly Green (Worcestershire) and Ivy Tree (Cumbria), there are places scattered across the country where it feels like Christmas all year round - even if only in name.
As it approaches midnight on Christmas Eve, don't forget to hang up your Stocking in Herefordshire and leave out a Carrot in Angus for Rudolph. Better yet, why not pucker up at Mistletoe Oak in Herefordshire, dream of a white Christmas in Snow Falls (North Yorkshire), or make your way to Wiseman's Bridge (Pembrokeshire) by the light of a Star (Somerset) - although you may like to use a good map instead.
For those not worried about their waistline, there's always Turkey Island (Hampshire) with a side helping of Cranberry (Staffordshire) and Sprouts (West Sussex), followed by Pudding Hill (Windsor). Wash it all down with a couple of Brandys (Cornwall) or Baileys (Essex) and use your Nut Crackers (Devon) to break open your Brazils (Essex) or The Walnuts (Milton Keynes).
Of course, if you live across the pond in the Land of the Stars and Stripes, you'll probably be looking for Santa in either the North Pole or Mary's Igloo in Alaska, Little Switzerland in North Carolina, or his hometown, Santa Claus, Indiana. On the other hand, you may be more likely to find the man in the red suit down in Christmas, Frostproof or Kissimmee Florida where they have no need for Mistletoe because it's in Kentucky silly!
And, if you're looking for Santa's reindeer, you're likely to find them all stretching their legs in Antlers Virginia. Although, Vixen in Louisiana prefers celebrating Christmas in Michigan, with a buck-naked reindeer named Flasher from North Dakota (who has a bad habit of hanging out with hilarious hoofer named Sweet Lips from Tennessee).
Of course if you and Santa are looking for a happy holiday party, maybe you should drop by for some Turkey not to mention Hoop and Holler, both of which you can find in Texas, or at the very least, What Cheer, Iowa.
But Santa has a soft-spot for Virginia where he's likely to find a Big Chimney, HooHoo as well as Friendly folk there. And as for eats on his long trip, the only thing he can count on is a Bear in Delaware, a Beaver in Pennsylvania, a Clam in Virginia, a Fly in Ohio, Horseheads in New York, Tobasco in Ohio, Tea in South Dakota, ToastCheesequake in New Jersey, Hot Coffee in Missippi, a Pigeon in Michigan, Mashpee in Massachusetts, Monkey's Eyebrow in Kentucky, Trout in Louisiana, Buttermilk in Kansas, a Chestnut in Illinois, Two Eggs in Florida, Sweetgrass in Montana, Worms in Nebraska, Rye in New Hampshire, Tumwater in Washington, Turkey in Texas, plus a Dinosaur in Colorado and a Giant's Neck in Connecticut.
The United States also offers something for those who have an interest in sacred stories of the season, the best of which are probably to be found in Bible Grove (Missouri), Buddha (Indiana), Faith (South Dakota), Camel Hump (Wyoming) and Surprise (Arizona).
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TOP 10 CHRISTMAS TOWNS IN THE USA
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So which Christmas town have you visited lately?
GREAT GIFTS FOR THOSE WHO LOVE POTTY PLACENAMES
Destinations that don't appear in most travel guides!
Places you might want to avoid...even if you can spell their names correctly.
Required reading material for anyone trying to promote Possum Grape, Arkansas or Bumpass, California.
Great bedtime reading if you're stuck in Goosepimple Junction, Viriginia or Zunkerville, Texas for more than two hours.
If your bored with Bald Knob, Arkansas...keep your eyes out for these Roadside Giants including Santa, Paul Bunyan and a large coffee pot.