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#1 of 62 OFFLINE   Bill Cowmeadow

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Posted December 01 2003 - 03:28 PM

Here's one;

Toad Suck, Arkansas.

Where did you go to school?
Toad Suck High.

Honest, This is a real place.
How do you suppose it got its name?

Got any others?

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#2 of 62 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted December 01 2003 - 03:42 PM

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch, Anglesey, Wales

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#3 of 62 OFFLINE   Yee-Ming

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Posted December 01 2003 - 04:42 PM

IIRC there's a place in Ethiopia called "God" (maybe spelled "Gott") -- some years ago there was a contest on a local radio station offering a prize of S$9,500 (it was 95.0 FM) to the first person to identify a mystery location in the world, with weekly clues being given out narrowing the field.

Personally I always found it curious that there are places called Paris, London and Moscow in the United States.

#4 of 62 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted December 02 2003 - 12:27 AM

Come to the UK, we've thousands of these weird names. My personal favourite is 'Splott' which is a district of Cardiff (I've always wondered if the residents are called 'Splotties'). Or there's:

Wyre Piddle
Temple Cloud
Nempnet Thrubwell

and as I said, lots, lots more.

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch


Really ancient joke. A couple of tourists visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch and go into a cafe. They ask the person serving them (in sexist versions of the story, a blonde waitress) 'how do you pronounce where we are?' and get the reply 'B-ur-ger-K-ing'.

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Personally I always found it curious that there are places called Paris, London and Moscow in the United States.

Something I find strange is the way Americans say 'Paris, France' as if the first place anyone will think of is the place in Texas.

#5 of 62 OFFLINE   Bill Williams

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Posted December 02 2003 - 01:04 AM

Let's see... in Mississippi alone there's an Egypt, MS (in the northern portion of the state), Coldwater, Hot Coffee (interesting contrasts), Benoit, MS (every time I think of this town, I think of the wrestler Chris Benoit), and a Philadelphia, MS (as opposed to Philadelphia, PA, which I normally associate it with).
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#6 of 62 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted December 02 2003 - 01:18 AM

In NJ, if you ride down I295 from say Trenton to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, you pass a lot of towns like Berlin and Florence. There is also a London, Ontario. I have some cousins who live there.

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#7 of 62 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted December 02 2003 - 01:35 AM

There is a town in Pennsylvania called "Intercourse". And in New Mexico there is a town called "Truth Or Consequences".

#8 of 62 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted December 02 2003 - 02:03 AM

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And in New Mexico there is a town called "Truth Or Consequences".


Yup sure is, I used to live pretty near it. We natives just call it T or C for short Posted Image And there actually is history behind that name, too.

#9 of 62 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted December 02 2003 - 02:25 AM

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There is a town in Pennsylvania called "Intercourse".


As a young teenager, I've been there. Their local paper is called the "Intercourse news". The funnier thing is I went with my local church youth group...

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#10 of 62 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted December 02 2003 - 03:12 AM

My favorite Okie names,

Slapout
Bugtussle

Others,

Cookietown
Fireworks City
Frogville
Happyland
Hooker
Horntown
I.X.L.
Kremlin
Medicine Park
Non
Nowhere
Okay
Pharaoh
Pumpkin Center
Seven Shooter
Slaughterville
Struggleville
Turkey Ford

#11 of 62 OFFLINE   CharlesD

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Posted December 02 2003 - 03:14 AM

The U.K. has lots of great place names: Wyre Piddle, Pratt's Bottom, Humpswaite etc.

In Missouri there is a Peculia , so named after the founders decided their new town should have a "strange or peculiar name" and didn't want to live in a town called "Strange". There is also a "Humansville" in Missouri.

#12 of 62 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted December 02 2003 - 03:43 AM

My personal fav's:

Fucking, Austria (Pronounced Fooking)

Hell, Michigan

Corpsegrove, New York (theres a pleasant name)

New York City, New York (There is no Old York City, or even a York City)

and Upper Upperton (somewhere in England I hear)
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#13 of 62 OFFLINE   Francis Collins

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Posted December 02 2003 - 04:00 AM

Half.com in Washington.

#14 of 62 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted December 02 2003 - 04:26 AM

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Something I find strange is the way Americans say 'Paris, France' as if the first place anyone will think of is the place in Texas.
wait, there is a paris in france now?

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#15 of 62 OFFLINE   Craig Robertson

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Posted December 02 2003 - 04:38 AM

Half.com is in Oregon, i believe. used to be called Halfway, as it was the halfway point between two larger cities. half.com (the website) got them to change their name for a short time by paying every citizen (there's not that many).

funny that Toad Suck is the first place mentioned. my mom has done some geneology and found out that when my family moved "out west" from Georgia, they ended up in Toad Suck.:b
its name comes from when riverboats traveled the Arkansas river. the nearby towns (or county, i don't recall which) were dry and the riverboat crews would stop in the wet town and "suck on the bottle 'til they swelled up like a toad". this somehow got shortened to Toad Suck and a town's name was born.Posted Image
check out www.toadsuck.org for info on Toad Suck Daze, a yearly festival held in Little Rock. and apparently, there's also a Toad Suck, Texas too.

#16 of 62 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted December 02 2003 - 04:42 AM

Bugtussle
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#17 of 62 OFFLINE   Jeremy Stockwell

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Posted December 02 2003 - 05:09 AM

I grew up in Roachdale, Indiana, Home of the annual "Roach Race."

Personally I always found it curious that there are places called Paris, London and Moscow in the United States.


I've always wondered, is there a Chicago anywhere other than Illinois? Maybe in France, England, or Russia?

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#18 of 62 OFFLINE   Alex Prosak

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Posted December 02 2003 - 05:13 AM

Wet Beaver Creek, Arizona:b

#19 of 62 OFFLINE   Dave Falasco

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Posted December 02 2003 - 08:42 AM

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New York City, New York (There is no Old York City, or even a York City)

But there is a York, England, which was the basis for "New" York. And the largest city in this "New" York is called, natch, "New York City".

I'm no historian, but I think that most areas in the Northeast that have "New" in their names are based on cities in England. "New" Jersey, "New" Brunswick, "New" London, heck, "New" England for that matter.

#20 of 62 OFFLINE   Mark Sherman

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Posted December 02 2003 - 08:47 AM

I live next to a Town called Braintree.


Now that just sounds weird
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