WHAT'S IN A NAME? -- Odd Places in America

Written by Victoria Elizabeth

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-- Bad Axe, Climax, Hell, Jugville, Kalamazoo, Podunk, Slapneck (Michigan)

-- Climax, Embarass, Nimrod, Nowthen, Savage, Sleepy Eye (Minnesota)

-- Bobo, Chunky, Dragon, Possumneck, Sanatorium, Soso, Yazoo (Mississippi)

-- Conception, Cooter, Enough, Frankenstein, Licking, Peculiar, Roach, Sleeper, Tightwad (Missouri)

-- Bitter Root, Elmo, Hungry Horse, Rocky Boy, Square Butt, Two-Dot, Yaak (Montana)

-- Colon, Fort Crook, Road, Wahoo, Weeping Water, Worms (Nebraska)

-- Bunkerville, Incline Village, Lovelock, Owyhee, Pahrump, Searchlight, Verdi-Mogul, Weed Heights, Winnemucca (Nevada)

-- Bungy, Contoocook, Hell Hollow, Lost Nation, Sandwich Landing (New Hampshire)

-- Bivalve, Brick, Ho-Ho Kus, Little Egg Harbor, Love Ladies, Succasuna (New Jersey)

-- Elephant Butte, Tingle, Truth or Consequences (New Mexico)

-- Cat Elbow Corner, Climax, Coxsackie, Hicksville, Horseheads, Peekskill, Neversink, Yaphank Yonkers (New York)

-- Climax, Gum Neck, Horneytown, Lizard Lick, Meat Camp, Tick Bite, Toast, Whynot (North Carolina)

-- Concrete, Hoople, Voltaire, Zap (North Dakota)

-- Blue Ball, Climax, Fly, Knockemstiff, Three Legs Town (Ohio)

-- Bowlegs, Frogville, Hooker, Okay, Pumpkin Center, Slapout, Slaughterville (Oklahoma)

-- Boring, Drain, Halfcom, Idiotville, Zig Zag (Oregon)

-- Balltown, Bird-in-Hand, Blue Ball, Climax, Drab, Experiment, Fear Not, Gobbler's Knob, Hempfield, Intercourse, Loyalsockville, Panic, Porkey, Scalp Level, Uno, Virginville (Pennsylvania)

-- Mooseup Valley, Quidnick, Quonochontaug, Woonsocket (Rhode Island)

-- Coward, Due West, Ninetimes, Sugar Tit (South Carolina)

-- Bath, Igloo, Lemmon, Peever, Red Shirt (South Dakota)

-- Bugscuffle, Bucksnort, Defeated, Difficult, Duck Town, Finger, Nameless, Only, Smartt, Sweet Lips, Static, Yum Yum (Tennessee)

-- Cut-n-Shoot, Dime Box, Ding Dong, Frognot, Gun Barrel City, Hoop and Holler, Leaky, Loco, Looneyville, Muleshoe, Notrees, Pointblank, Possum Kingdom, Run and Shoot, Tarzan, Trophy Club, Turkey, Twitty, Uncertain, (Texas)

-- Bald Knob, Hurricane, Lovelock, Orderville (Utah)

-- Bread Loaf, Mosquitoville, Notown, Satans Kingdom (Vermont)

-- Bumpass, Croaker, Frogtown, Goochland, Goosepimple Junction, Mutt, Nuttsville, Ordinary (Virginia)

-- Enumclaw, Humptulips, Klickitat, Kooskooskie, Tumtum, Tumwater (Washington)

-- Big Ugly, Crum, HooHoo, Looneyville, Lost City, Nitro, Odd, Paw, Pinch, War (West Virginia)

-- Embarrass, Footville, Imalone, Spread Eagle, Ubet, Wanderoos (Wisconsin)

-- Bill, Camel Hump, Meeteetse, Muddy Gap (Wyoming)


And, if you want to find these places on a map, go to: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form

For a complete list of placenames go to: http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/places2k.txt

Victoria Elizabeth. "The Quipping Queen", enjoys musing about mirthful things in Life, the Universe and Everything In Between from the pages of her blatherskating blog at www.quippingqueen.blogspot.com

Very Precise Fortune Cookies

Written by David Leonhardt

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