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Old 06 December 2007, 04:54 AM
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United States To get to Paradise, some Americans go to Intercourse first

The United States has its fair share of towns with odd place names, some with stories that rival the name for originality.

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Old 06 December 2007, 05:43 AM
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Here in Georgia we have a town called Enigma - how puzzling. But how can you not be attracted to towns with names like Social Circle and Flowery Branch.
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Old 06 December 2007, 06:21 AM
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In Texas we have a town called Uncertain. It's tiny
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Old 06 December 2007, 06:28 AM
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In Texas we have a town called Uncertain. It's tiny
Are you sure?

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Old 06 December 2007, 08:24 AM
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As a missionary in Colorado, I once was amused to receive a phone call from another missionary in Paradise - California.

But my favorite is Weed, California (of course).

Also in California, is a Manteca; doesn't that mean lard ?!

I'm still new to New Mexico, but feel right at home when there are so many streets and towns with the same names as in CA, such as Santa Rosa, San Mateo, etc. I know there's a Santa Cruz (my long-term hometown in CA) and I think there's a San Francisco, too!

In the heart of the Rockies in Colorado, there's a small town, Salida, which in Spanish means "exit." An acquaintance of mine once drove to Mexico with her husband, and after waking from a nap, saw the exit signs on the Mexican hiway, reading "Salida," and sleepily said, in all seriousness, "oh, no; we've driven in a circle." Corny, but true! But, not as funny as the exit signs on Germans hiways, which read, "Fahrt."

Hard for anyone to compete with F*cking, Austria, though (although I prefer the relative subtlety of Intercourse, PA).
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Old 06 December 2007, 08:27 AM
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But my favorite is Weed, California (of course).
That provoked a lot of sniggers in our English class when we read Of Mice and Men
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Old 06 December 2007, 09:01 AM
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If you need to travel to the East Coast of Tasmania from Hobart you will pass through "Black Charlie's Opening".

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Old 06 December 2007, 09:13 AM
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http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...1351&ay=653493

On one road trip, just leaving Edinburgh, our navigator was checking the map and directions, and spotted Whim. He said "Let's just go there instead".
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Old 06 December 2007, 12:19 PM
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There's a little town up the Ohio river called Fly.

Just Fly.

I'm thinking there was a speck on an early map and someone said, "What's that?" and the answer made it to the map.

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good gas station there, they let me put air in the tire for free.
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Old 06 December 2007, 01:16 PM
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If you're ever around the Ft Worth, TX area, don't forget to pay a visit to the ever cosmopolitan world example of diversity, White Settlement.

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On the October 14, 2005, City leaders announced a plan to have local voters decide on a possible name change for the town from White Settlement to West Settlement. In the November 8 election, the name change was overwhelmingly rejected by a vote of 2388 to 219.
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Old 06 December 2007, 02:05 PM
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I go to Intercourse all the time, but I stay in Bird-in-Hand.
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Old 06 December 2007, 02:33 PM
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If you need to travel to the East Coast of Tasmania from Hobart you will pass through "Black Charlie's Opening".
I'm tryong to combine that place with the mining town of Iron Knob. I got nuthin'.

Actually, I've been to Paradise, but I've never been to Me.
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Old 06 December 2007, 02:38 PM
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If you're ever around the Ft Worth, TX area, don't forget to pay a visit to the ever cosmopolitan world example of diversity, White Settlement.
Hey! I know someone who lives there!

She's Mexican.....

We have a town called "Arab". Now the problem is how you pronounce it: Ay-rab (long A). The town was to be called Arad, but the state got it wrong, so Arab it is....

I'm also real near a Normal town....

And of course, Buck Snort, TN.

Now the one I liked was "Phelan, CA" (pronounced "Feelin"). They do have a high school, but it is NOT Feelin' high.....

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Old 06 December 2007, 04:36 PM
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For UK snopesters there is a website that lists the rude placenames near your postcode (non-UK can browse A-Z):

http://places.jump-around.com/

My postcode results are:

Burnt Bottom, Butt Hatch, Lusty Hill, Piddlehinton, Handcock's Bottom,
Zig-Zag Hill, Lickham Bottom, Crab Hole, Dungy Head and Shaggs all in a 27 mile radius.
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Old 06 December 2007, 06:00 PM
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I got lost in Arizona once and ended up in Why. It about three hours outside of Tucson.

It makes for all sorts of Abbot and Costello routines.

Where do you live?
Why.
Because I want to know.
Why.
Come on just tell me where you live.
Why.
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Old 06 December 2007, 06:02 PM
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For UK snopesters there is a website that lists the rude placenames near your postcode (non-UK can browse A-Z):

http://places.jump-around.com/

My postcode results are:

Burnt Bottom, Butt Hatch, Lusty Hill, Piddlehinton, Handcock's Bottom,
Zig-Zag Hill, Lickham Bottom, Crab Hole, Dungy Head and Shaggs all in a 27 mile radius.
Ooh, thank you. I have a friend who will LOVE this site.
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Old 07 December 2007, 04:44 AM
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Michigan has a well-known town called Hell. Being almost inside of Pickney, it basically amounts to a large subdivision with a shop that sells hell-themed souveniers.

Nice place for a road trip or a side-stop, and the people there have a good sense of humor about their name. I guess the ones who don't get the hell out.
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Old 07 December 2007, 09:08 AM
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Michigan has a well-known town called Hell. Being almost inside of Pickney, it basically amounts to a large subdivision with a shop that sells hell-themed souveniers.
Concidering that many people from these parts of the World settled down in Michigan I wouldn't be surprised if it is named for a place called Hell in Norway (the word means cliff face in Scandinavian).
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Old 07 December 2007, 09:24 AM
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Hard for anyone to compete with F*cking, Austria, though (although I prefer the relative subtlety of Intercourse, PA).
Do we really need to censor the name of a town in Austria? Have we really gone that far?
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Old 07 December 2007, 09:31 AM
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For UK snopesters there is a website that lists the rude placenames near your postcode (non-UK can browse A-Z):
Cock Pond, Mincing Lane, Bonar Road. *snigger*

Or if I put in my parents' address:

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Lusty Hill (map)
Butt Hatch (map)
Clitsome Farm (map)
Lickham Bottom (map)
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