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From Nimrod to Middelfart, world’s funniest town names – USATODAY.com


Tightwad (Photo credit: MrChaf)

Oh, the silly, insulting and downright rude places you can go! These 10 town names made us snicker like middle schoolers. Here’s a quick look at how Tightwad, Middelfart, and others got their names—and what else there is to do once you’ve snapped your photo beneath the roadside sign.

Tightwad, Missouri

Chances are you don’t know anyone who lives in Tightwad population: 64, but you could probably name a few cheapskates who should. As the story goes, in the early 1900s the postmaster of this town southeast of Kansas City was cheated in a watermelon deal at the local store. Out of spite, he took advantage of his postmaster privilege and renamed the town Tightwad. The main attraction here is Tightwad Bank, which happens to be FDIC insured and classified as “well capitalized.” Proof that these 64 Tightwaders are still penny-pinchers?

If You Go: Stop in at the bank or go online to buy a Tightwad Bank hat, shirt or coffee mug. Nearby Truman Lake is known for boating, fishing and swimming.

Honorable Mentions: Dollarbeg, Scotland; Pennyhill, Delaware; Money, Mississippi

No Name, Colorado

When you live in a desolate unincorporated community between No Name Canyon and No Name Creek, apparently you accept your destiny of sharing the same name—or lack thereof. No Name, near Glenwood Springs, got its name after Interstate 70 was built. A Department of Transportation official noticed that the area didn’t have a name and wrote “No Name” for Exit 119, the ramp accessing the community. It drew some attention for its absurdity, locals started to accept it, and it stuck. Later, when given the opportunity to change No Name to a proper name, the community chose to remain nameless.

If You Go: Go rock climbing in No Name Canyon, or hike along the creek in the vast Weminuche Wilderness Area. Soak in the nearby Glenwood Hot Springs; at more than two blocks long, it’s one of the world’s largest.

Honorable Mentions: Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi

via From Nimrod to Middelfart, world’s funniest town names – USATODAY.com.

Strange Random Name Quote:

“The Democrats are going to change the name of the Hoover Dam. That is the silliest thing I ever heard of in politics . . . Lord, if they feel that way about it, I don’t see why they don’t just reverse the two words.” – Will Rogers (American entertainer, famous for his pithy and homespun humour, 1879-1935)

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