15 Weirdly Suggestive City Names in American
People take pride in the city they are from. When you visit a city and want to buy a souvenir, whether it’s a key chain, shot glass, or t-shirt, it usually has the city’s name on it. Some cities have names where the residents wish they didn’t have to bare the shame of living in a city with an embarrassing name. Some names refer to a cities dark past, some are just down right weird and others have sexually suggestive names. Here are some of the weirdest and most suggestive city names is America you may or may not heard of.
Intercourse, PA Originally named Crossed Keys, Intercourse is a town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Intercourse is a popular site for tourists because of its location in “Amish country.” It’s ironic that a town with a sexually suggestive name is located where the people have strict rules on sexual conduct. The films, Witness and For Richer or Poorer were shot here.
Boring, OR Boring, Oregon is actually a city in the Northwestern state and is doesn’t describe the state. Well it could describe the state, but that’s a matter of perspective. Boring is 23 miles away from downtown Portland where all the fun is. The community was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area. Boring was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War.
Accident, MD Accident is a town in Garrett County, Maryland. A small town located in the corner of the state, Accident only has 325 residents according to the 2010 census. It was one of the early settlements in the far west of Maryland. There isn’t anything exciting about the town of Accident but its name. My guess is that it got its name after the land surveyor only accounted for 682 acres instead of the 778 acres that was supposed to be surveyed at the request of Lord Baltimore.
Hell, MI “Go to Hell” is a common phrase used by people. What they usually don’t know is that their is an actually place on earth called Hell. There is a city in Michigan that has the pleasure of being the home the devil. One theory of how the city got its name goes like this. Soon after Michigan gained statehood, George Reeves was asked what he thought the town he helped settle should be called and replied, “I don’t care, you can name it Hell for all I care.” The name became official on October 13, 1841.
Hooker, OK Hooker, Oklahoma is not a town where all the hookers of the country go to retire. The city got its name from John “Hooker” Threlkeld. Threlkeld was a local Ox ranch foreman. The city was named after Threklkeld to honor him. Unfortunately, many people relate a negative connotation to the name. In an attempt to keep the name is a positive light the people adopted the motto “It’s a location, not a vocation.”
Embarrass, MN The current resides are not ashamed to live here if you are wondering. The name Embarrass was derived from the French word embarras, based on its meaning of “to hinder with obstacles or difficulties”. It was given this name by the French fur traders who were some of the first Europeans to visit the area, and who found the narrow, shallow river very difficult to navigate, and named the river “Embarras”.
DISH, TX DISH is a small town located in Texas. On November 16, 2005 the town’s name was changed from Clark to DISH. In exchange for renaming the town to DISH, all 181 residents were given free basic television service for ten years. They were also given free DVR technology from DISH Network. At the time, there was no formal opposition to renaming Clark, and only twelve citizens attended the council meeting to support the measure. Anything to avoid those cable bills.
Truth or Consequences, NM Truth or Consequences is a valiant attempt to make a city sound pure and full of justice but it just made the city look weird. It is a spa city located in Sierra County, New Mexico. The town was originally named Hot Springs, however the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the title of a popular NBC radio program in 1950. Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show.
Blue Ball, PA Blue Ball is another community in Lancaster County, that has a sexually suggestive name. In the Amish Country, many of the men may relate to the name of this town. The name, though often considered sexually suggestive, actually comes from the Blue Ball Hotel, which stood on the southeast corner of the PA 23 and US 322 crossroads. The inn is no longer standing and was torn down in 1997 after more than 200 years in service. A popular t-shirt in the 1990’s read “It’s hard living in Blue Balls, Pennsylvania.”
Why, AZ This town seems to be more of an enigma than a place to avoid completely, but really, if someone says to you “Let’s go visit Why, AZ,” your only true response can be “Why?” which will cause a long confusing conversation. Still, the tourism board of Why, Arizona has to be doing just a bit better than the folks of Nothing, Arizona. Where there is nothing to do. So Why not visit Why?
Deadhorse, AK In Alaska life is different compared to the other states. Even the names of it’s cities and towns are a bit unorthodox. But is Deadhorse, even if it is in Alaska, a good name for a town? It doesn’t seem like an animal friendly town. Deadhorse is surprisingly a tourist attraction. It is one of the few spots that produces oil on American soil. It also has an abundance of wildlife. So why does the name suck?
Looneyville, TX Yes, there is an actual Looneyville. The story they tell the public is that the town is named for a storekeeper named John Looney, who was the one who received the town’s mail. But, would you visit there to see what really gave it its name, or would you avoid it out of fear of finding out? If you do go, make sure you also visit Jot-Em-Down, TX and write all about your Looneyville experiences.
No Name, CO After all this, we’ve learned that naming your city can be difficult. Especially when you have to worry about what kind of name would best attract quality residents and visitors. Apparently the stress of this was too much for the people of No Name, CO. It seems like they finally gave up and decided their town with no name should just be called No Name. What it lacks in creativity, it makes up for in not being Hell or Dismal. We believe the people of Hygiene, CO, however, knew exactly what they were doing. And, perhaps now they have a high rate of showering and smelling good.
Climax, Georgia Welcome to Climax, Georgia, where everything is exciting. Not really. Climax, GA is in Decatur County, Georgia. It was named Climax because it is located at the highest point of the railroad between Savannah, Georgia and the Chattahoochee River. It’s pretty quite town, but its name suggest that it isn’t so quite.
Dickshooter, Idaho Really? Dickshooter? With a name like that I’m pretty sure that town has a low population of men. According to the natives, the town was named after a man who actually named Dick Shooter who established a homestead there. The area is popular for its year-round recreational activities, which include hiking, camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, bird watching, all-terrain vehicle riding and a lot more.