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May 6th, 2006

I wish I lived in Intercourse

There are plenty of strange town names in the good ol’ US. Some, intentionally so. Most, unintentionally. Since our Pingers are spread out all over the United States, I bet you guys live near some of these oddly named cities and towns. So, let’s hear ’em.

I suspect jk is going to win.

And even though I’m starting this topic, I don’t have any to contribute. There aren’t any strange ones in the immediate vicinity. But at least I can look at this list and dream of living near Hornytown, North Carolina. What? It’s an urban legend? Damn.

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 8:50:04 am
How 'bout Boring, Oregon.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 2:51:19 pm
And while in beautiful Intercourse, PA, be sure to sign up for an account with Blue Ball National Bank!.

"How will you be paying for that, sir?"

"I'll put it on my Blue Ball card!"

You can't top that, you just can't.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 4:02:55 pm
I always liked Goochland, VA, just a few miles outside of Richmond.

FROM: Steve A
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 8:22:43 pm
There IS a Lizard Lick, NC. It's out near Raleigh.


FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 9:47:18 pm
I win!

Ok, give me some time here. I do stand by my statement that the strangest town names are in Texas. Get a map from AAA and just start scanning. My favorite is "Telephone." You KNOW why it got that name.....only place for miles that had a phone.....

I don't think you'd want to live in Intercourse; too many tourists and nothing you need nearby. The drive on route 340 to get there is lovely though.

FROM: Aanen
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 8:49:05 am
my folks have a house in Bumbletown Michigan which is about 20 miles from Gay Michigan, a small village of no more than 50 people, in the Upper Peninsula. The main attraction in town: the Gay Bar

FROM: Steve A
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 4:02:08 pm
I hard a great one on the radio today when a particular program was talking about personal and city/town names: Ugly, England.


FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday May 8, 2006 -- 9:33:03 am
I have always been amazed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't made an album called Big Bone Lick while standing in front of the giant highway sign to this park.

No, it's not the name of a town, but driving by the sign that said Big Bone Lick as I passed through Kentucky on my way to college always drew a snicker. I wonder if the park is a popular vacation spot for the ladies.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday May 8, 2006 -- 9:48:40 am
It just gets worse. I'm looking at that site and of course the Big Bone Lick park is located on Beaver Road in Union, Ky.

Is it just me?

FROM: Jeani
DATE: Monday May 8, 2006 -- 6:13:43 pm
From my current and former states of residence:

Normal, IL
No Name, CO

I once camped in No Name, and I can say that it really doesn't need to have a name. In fact, I'm not convinced that there's an actual town there at all.

Favorite recreational area? Why, Bong State Recreation Area in Wisconsin, of course. ;)

Oh, and I almost forgot Jean, Nevada, which consists mainly of a jail and a gas station.

FROM: Fenry Honda
DATE: Monday May 15, 2006 -- 5:44:55 pm
Maryland has plent of good ones. Boring? We got it. How about "Detour"? Just how do you get in there? The Port Of Baltimore includes "Dundalk". The joke is that an explorer anchored there and sent a rowboat in and the boat came back with the crew screaming "Dundalk" which sounds like "Don't Dock". Also Flintstone, and TB.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday May 15, 2006 -- 11:28:00 pm
I worked in Dundalk! What the people of the Ping can't hear is the accent with which you must pronounce it. Hon.

How about Beltsville, around the Washington Beltway?

FROM: Doug
DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2006 -- 4:17:17 pm
I've always liked Coldernell, Minnesota

Its a bit subtle, so say it out loud if you don't get it at first...

FROM: Doug
DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2006 -- 4:19:05 pm
Oh yeah, I really like the sign on for Covert, Michigan.

Seems like they kinda blew that one when they put the sign up...

FROM: Ferris Furnwald
DATE: Sunday May 28, 2006 -- 4:21:40 pm
Beltsville, Md. was named after a man named Belt. He owned many square miles of central Maryland over two centuries ago. His family sold the land cheap. We are talking about land that today is worth hundreds of thou an acre.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday May 29, 2006 -- 11:57:28 am
Names I just saw here in MN: Rice, Motley and another one that escapes me at the moment.

FROM: Abbey
DATE: Monday July 31, 2006 -- 4:18:58 pm
TIGHTWAD, MO. What would you call the pop. there? Tightwads?

Irene Daniels August 14, 2007, 10:54 am

Here in Queensland, Australia, we have the towns of:


And in New South Wales, Australia, there is the town of “Orange”.

And in northern England, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there is a town called “Pity-me” and another one called “No Place”

What is this then?

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