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Seniors Visit Cities With Weird Names

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Image living in Hell, Michigan, Cow Springs, Arizona or Buck Nob, Arkansas.  Cities with unusual names abound all over the world. This senior has always liked French Lick, Indiana, home to NBA star Larry Bird.

Then we come up with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Wales) and you are dared to say that twice in a row. Actually, you are dared to say it even once.

Image 35The world is a treasure trove of communities with eccentric names. So let’s have a cup of coffee and explore some more of the most unique — if that’s what you’d call it — names around to inspire your next quirky road trip.

Someone came up with a list of the 50 Cities With Funny Names and seniors may enjoy thumbing through the weird names.  If you want to take the the time, try reading aloud these Wikipedia Funny Names without laughing. You may end up saying to yourself “get your mind out of the gutter.”

 Seniors Search Out Wacky Names

Image 36Seniors can do some searching with Google, Yahoo or Bing and you will find many many more.  You can search by state or by country. There is always a good reason and for most an interesting history behind the name.

Happyland, CT, Lucky Stop, KY or Smileyberg, KS. Yes America’s a big country and there is lots of room for weird-named towns. From the easternmost reaches of Maine to the western Alaska islands in the Bering Sea, the list includes towns with every imaginable title.

 According to local folklore, the Michigan town of Hell wasn’t named for fire and brimstone. Since it was a town built around a grain mill that quickly became a producer of moonshine, many men would disappear in a drunken state.

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Often asked where their husbands were, the wives would simply say, “He’s gone to hell.” So when it came time to name the town, the owner of the mill George Reeves said, “Call it Hell for all I care, everyone else does.”

How about Looneyville, Texas that was founded during the Civil War and named after John Looney. Looney opened a store here in the 1870s and the population slowly climbed until World War I. Happyland is a small town on the banks of the Connecticut River.

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The tiny Oklahoma town of Slaughterville was named after grocery store owner James Slaughter. Despite this fact, the town became the subject of a PETA protest. PETA asked the town to change its name to Veggieville, with the promise of donating $20,000 in veggie burgers to the school district if they did.

Unfortunately, Slaughterville does not have its own school district, so the offer was quickly rejected. Senior readers, you can probably add some wierd names that you know of to this list.

Happy Mother’s Day,  jeb

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