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    Funny place names around the world

    I love maps and spend an inordinate amount of time staring at maps. Naturally I get to see amusing place names from time to time. Here are a few of them.

    United States

    Ok, I got a bit of help here as some places are too small to spot by just browsing Google maps. Imagine living in one of these places and having to say you come from that place. Or if some of these places became major cities over time?

    Accident, Maryland
    Anaconda, Montana
    Beaverlick, Kentucky
    Belchertown, Massachusetts
    B*tch Mountain, New York
    Boogertown, North Carolina
    Boring, Maryland
    Boring, Oregon
    Boring, Tennessee (no, I don't know which is the more boring of the three)
    Bosstown, Wisconsin
    Bugtussle, Kentucky
    Burnt Porcupine, Maine
    Candy Kitchen, New Mexico
    Chattanooga, Tennessee (sounds funny to say)
    Chicken, Alaska
    Chocolate Bayou, Texas
    Choconut, Pennsylvania
    Climax, Georgia
    Condemned Bar, California
    Coupon, Pennsylvania
    Corner Ketch, Delaware
    Coward, South Carolina
    Cranky Corner, Louisiana
    Crow Agency, Montana (is that some sort of secret bird organisation?)
    Cut And Shoot, Texas
    Devil's Lake, North Dakota
    Devil Town, Ohio
    Dickshooter, Idaho
    Dicktown, New Jersey
    Ding Dong, Texas
    Disco, Tennessee
    Dogtown, Alabama
    Do Stop, Kentucky
    Double Trouble, New Jersey
    Dragonville, Virginia
    Earth, Texas
    Embarrass, Minnesota
    Erect, North Carolina
    Eureka, California (yep, they found gold)
    Experiment, Georgia
    Faggot Hill, Massachussetts
    Frankenstein, Missouri (it wouldn't be funny in Germany, but this place was obviously named after Dr F.'s monster)
    French Lick, Indiana
    Gas, Kansas
    Gaylordsville, Connecticut
    Good Grief, Idaho
    Greasy, Oklahoma
    Handsome Eddy, New York
    Hannibal, Missouri (they also have Carthage; aren't they celebrating the wrong side?)
    Happyland, Oklahoma
    Hazardville, Connecticut
    Hell, Michigan
    Hell for Certain, Kentucky (makes you wonder what they did)
    Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
    Hooker, Oklahoma (I would have thought Nevada)
    Horneytown, North Carolina
    Hot Coffee, Mississippi
    Idiotville, a ghost town in Oregon
    Imalone, Wisconsin (let me guess, it started with a population of one?)
    Intercourse, Pennsylvania
    Jackpot, Nevada (no kiddin')
    Jiggs, Nevada
    Kalamazoo, Michigan (always loved the sound of that one)
    Ketchuptown, South Carolina
    Kickapoo, Kansas (maybe they've got nothing better to do)
    Knoblick, Missouri
    Knockemstiff, Ohio
    Lick Fork, West Virginia
    Lick Skillet, Tennessee (all right, what is this Appalachian compulsion about licking kitchen utensils?)
    Loafers Glory, North Carolina
    Loveladies, New Jersey
    Magnet, Nebraska
    Manhattan, Kansas (erg, say what?)
    Marrowbone, Tennessee
    Mesick, Michigan
    Mexican Hat, Utah
    Mock City, Washington
    Money, Mississippi (ironic that that place is located in the poorest US state)
    Monkeyrun, Arkansas
    Mosquitoville, Vermont (don't know why I expected that one in Florida)
    Mud Bite, South Dakota
    Nameless, Tennessee
    Natchitoches, Louisiana (is that some kind of local nachos?)
    Neversink, New York
    New Erection, Virginia
    Nimrod, Minnesota
    No Name, Colorado
    Normal, Illinois
    North Pole, New York
    Nothing, Arizona (looked it up, they are right :) )
    Nowhere, Oklahoma
    Oatmeal, Texas
    Okay, Oklahoma (lacking imagination, are you?)
    Paintlick, Kentucky (another Appalachian licker)
    Pee Pee, Ohio
    Pie Town, New Mexico
    Pigeon, Michigan
    Point No Point, Washington
    Polkadott, Ohio
    Pray, Montana (there had to be a place named like that in the USA!)
    Rough and Ready, California
    Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (you need to speak French to understand the double entendre. Sault sounds like saute, which means jump or f*ck, so in other words do unspeakable things to Holy Mary. I wonder how many locals know that.)
    Santa Claus, Indiana
    Satan’s Kingdom, Massachusetts
    Satan's Kingdom, Vermont (I surely didn't expect to find such a place in the Deep South)
    Screamer, Alabama
    Schenectady, New York (just like the sound of it)
    Slickpoo, Idaho
    Smackover, Arkansas
    Sugartit, Kentucky
    Superior Bottom, West Virginia
    Surprise, Arizona
    Sweet Lips, Tennessee
    Tightwad, Missouri
    Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
    Two Egg, Florida
    Unalaska, Alaska
    Uncertain, Texas
    Uneedus, Louisiana
    Uranus, Missouri
    Waco, Texas (now that I can believe)
    Walla Walla, Washington
    Wankers Corner, Oregon
    Warroad, Minnesota (just at the border of Canada; doesn't augur too well for the relations between the two countries)
    Waterproof, Louisiana (well it better be with all those hurricanes!)
    Weed, California
    Wealthy, Texas
    What Cheer, Iowa
    Who’s Thought It, Texas
    Why, Arizona
    Whynot, Mississippi
    Woonsocket, Rhode Island
    Zigzag, Oregon
    Zzyzx, California

    Noticed how many place names are related to food in the southern states? Two Egg, Pie Town, Hot Coffee, Oatmeal, Candy Kitchen...


    Canada

    Asbestos, Quebec
    Blow Me Down, Newfoundland
    Chicoutimi, Quebec (love the sound of it)
    Dildo, Newfoundland
    Ha! Ha! River, Quebec
    Kilbride, Newfoundland
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Moose Factory, Ontario (so that's where they come from)
    Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik (the longest place name in Canada)
    Punkeydoodles Corners, Ontario
    Uranium City, Saskatchewan (in case you are wondering, it was really named for its uranium mines)
    Slave Lake, Alberta
    Stupid Lake, Manitoba

    United Kingdom

    There are plenty of weird, absurd or rude place names in Blighty. Just to name the best of them:

    Barking
    Beer
    Bitchfield
    Blackdikes
    Blubberhouses
    Boggy Bottom
    Brown Willy
    Bullyhole
    Bunny
    Butt of Lewis
    Catbrain
    Chemistry
    Cockbush
    Crackpot
    Crapstone
    Donkey Town
    Fattiehead
    Devil's Lapful
    Golden Balls
    Great Cockup
    Great Snoring
    Happy Bottom
    Horrid Hill
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch (in Wales ; it is the longest place name in Europe)
    Lord Hereford’s Knob
    Matching Tye
    Mumbles
    Nasty
    Nether Wallop
    New Invention
    Once Brewed and Twice Brewed
    Pity Me
    Rest and Be Thankful
    Shitterton
    Shittington
    Slackbottom
    Snatchup
    Sodom
    Stop-and-Call
    Ugley
    Upper Bleeding
    Upperthong
    Wet Rain
    Wideopen
    Wig Wig

    France

    Anus, Burgundy
    Bitche, Grand Est
    Condom, Occitanie
    La Force, Occitanie (inhabited by a community of Jedi)
    Le Saix, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (sounds just like "Le Sex")
    Montcuq, Occitanie (Montcuq sounds like 'my ass' in French; I am seeing a trend in the names here)
    Noisy (several places around Paris, including one appropriately located near the airport)
    Pussy, Savoy

    Other European countries

    Assholmen, Sweden (not known for its friendly locals)
    Bastardo, Umbria, Italy
    Bastardstown, Ireland
    Bra, Piedmont, Italy (where else but in Italy?)
    De Hulk, Netherlands
    Föckinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    F*ckersberg, Austria
    F*cking, Austria
    Horni Police, Czechia (well, let's hope they are female and pretty then)
    Kilmacow, Ireland
    Kissing, Bavaria, Germany
    Middelfart, Denmark
    Narnia, Umbria, Italy (the gateway to the magic kingdom)
    Monster, Netherlands
    Ogre, Latvia
    Petting, Bavaria, Germany
    Rectum, Netherlands
    Rottenegg, Austria
    Silly, Belgium
    Slut, Sweden
    Trollhättan, Sweden (maybe the Trolls' financial capital?)
    Wank, Bavaria, Germany


    Australia

    Banana, Queensland
    Boing Boing, Northern Territory
    Break-Me-Neck Hill, Tasmania
    Broke, New South Wales
    Burrumbuttock, New South Wales
    Chinaman's Knob, Victoria
    Chinkapook, Victoria
    Coffin Bay, South Australia
    Come by Chance, New South Wales
    Devils Kitchen, Tasmania
    Dismal Swamp, Tasmania
    Eggs and Bacon Bay, Tasmania
    Goonoo Goonoo, New South Wales
    Grong Grong, New South Wales
    Humpty Doo, Northern Territory
    Humpybong, Queensland
    Lovely Bottom, Tasmania
    Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya (the longest place name in Australia)
    Mount Buggery, Victoria
    Mount Cannibal, Victoria
    Mount Misery, Victoria
    Mount Terrible, Victoria (I am getting a feeling that the state of Victoria isn't the ideal destination for mountain hiking)
    Nar Nar Goon, Victoria
    Nevertire, New South Wales
    Ozenkadnook, Victoria
    Paradise, Tasmania
    Pimpinbudgie, Queensland
    Tittybong, Victoria
    Tom Ugly, New South Wales
    Town of 1770 (named in honour of Captain Cook's landing in Australia)
    Upotipotpon, Victoria
    Useless Loop, Western Australia
    Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
    Wee Waa, New South Wales
    Woolloomooloo, New South Wales
    Yackandandah, Victoria


    South Africa

    Douse the Glim
    Los-my-cherry
    Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein (can't beat that. It translates as "Two Buffalos Shot ‘Totally’ Dead with One Shot Fountain")
    Welkom (founded by Dutch colonists, though I wonder why they would choose to name a city 'Welcome'. Imagine the signs when you enter the city. "Welcome to Welkom!")

    Other African countries

    Bimbo, Republic of Central Africa
    Chicualacuala, Monzambique
    Gogogogo, Madagascar (come on, hurry up!)
    Mafia Island, Tanzania. Let not the name intimidate you. It's actually a very nice place.
    Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (always make me smile :) )
    Ziguinchor, Senegal


    Other places in the world

    Bang Sue, Thailand
    Batman, Turkey
    Granma, Cuba
    Moron, Cuba
    My Son, Vietnam
    Obama, Japan (it means 'small beach' in Japanese)
    Sakashita, Japan (sack of what?)
    Sexmoan, Philippines (gotta love that one)
    Swat, Pakistan
    Uberlândia, Brazil (that's where Uber should relocate its HQ ;) )
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    Gosh, Maciamo, what a treat! :)

    I haven't laughed so hard in I can't remember when...

    The only thing funnier than the place names was your commentary: excellent, dry wit. :)

    I have a lot of favorites, but at the very top:

    Why? Arizona
    Why not? Mississippi

    Good Grief...maybe I like that one because I still use that old expression:)

    Idiotville...probably because it was named by disappointed miners, but I love it: it fits so many places.

    Crow Agency Montana is probably because there's a Crow Indian Reservation there, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Agencies dealt with them.

    All the "lick" names may have something to do with them being near "salt licks", where settlers found salt because animals went there to "lick" it. :)

    The names you find funny "sounding" sound funny to American ears too, so they feature in fun songs.


    Chattanooga Choo Choo:



    Kalamazoo:the vocals start at 1:13
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFv_PoZ2iP0


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    You missed Punkin’ Center, Arizona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    Gosh, Maciamo, what a treat! :)

    I haven't laughed so hard in I can't remember when...

    The only thing funnier than the place names was your commentary: excellent, dry wit. :)
    I am glad that you enjoyed it. :)

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    You missed Coxsackie, New York. It is said to mean 'hoot of an owl' in a Native language. Also the history of Chicken, Alaska's name is interesting; the settlers wanted to name it after the state bird, the ptarmigan, but no one knew how to spell ptarmigan so they named it Chicken.

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    Hicksville, NY
    Wyckoff, NJ

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    Boody, Illinois

    Looneyville, Texas

    Humptulips, Washington It doesn't mean what you think it means; it's based on an Indian word. :)

    Chugwater, Wyoming

    There's a lot of fun names and funny sounding names in upstate New York


    Fishkill; It's not a place to kill fish necessarily. A lot of place names there end in "kill", like Catskill. I've been told "kill" is Dutch for stream? Lots of towns that are Dutch in origin. It's why there's both an Amsterdam and a Rotterdam.

    However, why is there a Cairo, New York, and a Stone Arabia, New York?

    Some Indian ones where I love the sound: Shenendehoah, Sacandaga, Canajoharie, Mahopac, Chappaqua (the latter where the Clintons have a home).

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    Conquest of Lecce

    (a touch of snow) ... and they want to host the Winter Olympics :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salento View Post
    Conquest of Lecce

    (a touch of snow) ... and they want to host the Winter Olympics :)


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    Here are a few more American place names that I am familiar with. I have actually been to most of these, or at least close enough to see signs for them on the side of the road:

    Beehunter, Indiana
    Big Bone Lick, Kentucky (this is actually a salt lick that got its name from the mastadon & woolly mammoth bones found there)
    Bucksnort, Tennessee
    Gnaw Bone, Indiana
    Hardscrabble, Indiana
    Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
    Needmore, Indiana
    Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
    Rising Sun, Indiana
    Stinking Creek, Kentucky
    Toad Hop, Indiana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    Here are a few more American place names that I am familiar with. I have actually been to most of these, or at least close enough to see signs for them on the side of the road:

    Beehunter, Indiana
    Big Bone Lick, Kentucky (this is actually a salt lick that got its name from the mastadon & woolly mammoth bones found there)
    Bucksnort, Tennessee
    Gnaw Bone, Indiana
    Hardscrabble, Indiana
    Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
    Needmore, Indiana
    Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
    Rising Sun, Indiana
    Stinking Creek, Kentucky
    Toad Hop, Indiana
    I would never willingly go to some place called "Stinking Creek". Maybe they named it that to keep people away.

    I might go to Needmore, however.

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