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Unusual American City Names

Fill the blanks in these unusual city names from the U.S. and Canada.
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
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First submittedDecember 26, 2012
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City
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Walla Walla, Washington
French Lick, Indiana
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
City
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Bad Axe, Michigan
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Texarkana, Texas
City
Show Low, Arizona
Dead Horse, Alaska
Bullhead City, Arizona
Blue Earth, Minnesota
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
59 Comments
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Level 57
Aug 30, 2011
Once again, thanks for putting my hometown (Saskatoon) in a quiz!
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2012
If you ever expand the quiz, give Toad Suck, Arkansas a spot. And Scooba, Mississippi; Quicksand, Kentucky; Ninety Six, South Carolina; and Gin Gin, Queensland. All legit, although all pretty obscure.
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Level 69
Dec 4, 2018
I nominate Yellowknife, NWT (it's even the capital!). There is also Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, which is actually a big antiquing destination. And if you find Blue Ball …frustrating, you can always stop in nearby Intercourse.
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Level 77
Nov 30, 2023
And, failing that, you might have to go to Bird in Hand.
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Level 35
Feb 1, 2024
One time went there instead of blue bell, very different places
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Level 24
Dec 26, 2012
hey have you guys ever heard of Possumgrape, Arkansas lol
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Level 75
Jul 23, 2015
I've eaten possum grapes from Arkansas. Does that count? How about Oil Trough?
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Level 56
Dec 26, 2012
there's also a white horse in canada near the border of alaska and canada
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2020
I thought they were referring to Whitehorse before I saw it said Alaska lol
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Level 37
Feb 14, 2013
12/18. I found a website with the top 50 silly city names around the world. Others in the US (that I can mention with children around) are Boring, Oregon... Why, Arizona... Climax, Michigan... Dwarf, Kentucky...and one of my favorites - Beer Bottle Crossing, Idaho.
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2015
Isn't Boring twinned with Dull in Scotland?
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Level 77
Nov 30, 2023
They've also teamed up with Bland Shire, in New South Wales, Australia, to form a group they call "The League of Extraordinary Communities. Bland has a sign commemorating it, with the tag line "Bland... far from Dull and Boring."
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2013
What about Dicksville Notch
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Level 78
Apr 13, 2014
It's Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The first place to vote every election.
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2013
Or Batman, Turkey?
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
American city names
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2013
Phuket, Bangkok, and Kho Phi Phi (go pee pee), Thailand? So many of these...
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Level 4
May 20, 2013
dead horse Alaska

oh that is funny

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Level 58
Apr 7, 2014
Not if it's your horse it isn't.
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2015
Well, I mean, at least you got to name the city after it. More than most horses get.
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Level 42
Apr 17, 2015
Bad Axe, named for a lone bad axe found in a tree before it's founding I believe.
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2015
Bad, like no good? Like was it rusty or had a rotten handle or something? Or is that a technical term I'm just not familiar with?
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Level 81
Feb 2, 2023
One bad axe can ruin the whole bunch.
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2015
I'm surprised no one else commented saying they tried "Middle" for "Earth" first...
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Level 88
Jun 10, 2019
I tried it!
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Level 70
Jun 11, 2024
also flat earth..
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Level 65
May 3, 2015
Out of all of these, I've only been to King of Prussia. It's just outside of Philadelphia and has a huge shopping mall. I sincerely doubt most people who visit there know Prussia was ever a country, let alone where it was.
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Level 69
Dec 4, 2018
King of Prussia Mall was actually mentioned in the movie "Silver Linings Playbook". Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence enunciated it properly rather than spoke it like a native, which woulda been "Kinga Prussia Mawl".
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2015
You could make a great one of these with UK place names (not necessarily cities). Dull, Wetwang, Splatt, Barton-in-the-Beans, and my personal favourite, Crackpot.
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Level 51
Dec 14, 2015
only knew truth or consequences, because of doctor who.
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Level 78
Apr 3, 2016
Only Texas would have city called Gun Barrel City.
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2016
Truth or consequence? Seriously??!!
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Level 86
Nov 7, 2018
Named after, believe it or not, a radio quiz show.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico

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Level 79
Jan 29, 2021
Consequences*
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2016
"Walla Walla cat's meat, eat brown bread, ever seen a donkey drop dead!" A silly rhyme you might have heard in a UK school playground in the near past (post-war) Nonsensical, but now I know where the "Walla Walla" bit comes form....
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Level 58
Feb 4, 2017
Two Egg, Florida!
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2017
Social Circle and/or Ball Ground, GA.
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Level 75
Dec 17, 2018
I nominate Intercourse, PA
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Level 65
Jul 20, 2019
Love Canal, New York
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Level 43
Jul 24, 2019
PA has about 50. I would've gone with Intercourse
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2023
My favorite place name in PA is a little unincorporated area called Spaces Corners.
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Level 43
Jul 24, 2019
Hot Coffee, MS
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2020
Rough and Ready, Ca is a great one for a sequel quiz. Also, Love Canal, NY Smackover, AR Unalaska, Alaska and Hot Coffee, Miss
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Level 64
Apr 13, 2020
I was up at Deadhorse, Alaska, last summer (it's up by Prudhoe Bay). I've never seen it spelled as two words, as you list it. Took me a few seconds to figure it out.
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Level 43
Apr 21, 2020
What about China, TX?
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Level 74
Sep 17, 2020
I like that there is a Moon Township, Pennsylvania and Mars, Pennsylvania. This means that there is a Moon Area High School and a Mars Area High School about 30 miles apart.
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2020
Bird-in-Hand and Blue Ball are also names of towns in Pennsylvania. They are both near Intercourse. There are Amish people there. Probably a coincidence?
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Level 62
Jan 5, 2021
From South Carolina, some unusual names are Welcome (a suburb of Greenville), Ninety Six (a random rural town near Greenwood), North (Would be a semi-normal name anywhere but here), Hollywood Hills (A neighbourhood north of Columbia), Wide awake (a suburb of Charleston next to Summerville), Fair Play (A town near the Georgia border near lake Hartwell), Mayo (an exurb of Spartanburg), and La France (A town south of Clemson).
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Level 53
Jun 1, 2021
Kinda expected... a different city from PA, if you know, you know
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Level 78
Dec 20, 2022
Not a city (so it doesn't qualify for the quiz) but my favorite place name will always be "Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump"
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Level 41
Feb 11, 2023
Santa Claus, Indiana is real
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Level 82
Mar 7, 2023
As a Marylander, I knew about Chevy Chase the town before I knew about Chevy Chase the person, so it was a very weird experience the first time I saw his name in some credits. Fun fact, neither was named for the other, but they share a loose name origin with a 16th century English Ballad called "The Ballad of Chevy Chase"
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Level 77
Mar 11, 2023
Another couple of possibilities for a potential sequel could be Horseheads, NY and Colts Neck, NJ.
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Level 74
Dec 20, 2023
I'm curious, what's unusual about Oshkosh??
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Level 85
Apr 5, 2024
Sounds funny
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Level 71
Mar 15, 2024
Isn’t Deadhorse just one word?
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Level 59
May 2, 2024
Minor quibble: Deadhorse is one word.
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Level 54
Jun 21, 2024
interesting story behind the town Chevy Chase. It is named after the Cheviot hills between England and Scotland, and in the 1300s, Hotspur went up with a hunting party (a "chase" in the language of the time) which the Scottish believed was an invasion. A huge battle ensued in which Hotspur and a Scottish noble were killed. A poem commemorating this event, called the "Ballad of Chevy Chase" for which the town was named.
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Level 19
Jul 9, 2024
bat cave, nc

lizard lick, nc

seven devils, nc

climax, nc

whynot, nc

ketchuptown, sc

laughlin, nevada

poughkeepsie, ny

eugene, oregon

bend, orgeon

eureka, california

eureka, nunavut

alert, nunavut

p****tone, united kingdom

g*y, russia

****ersberg, austria

moron, spain

moron, cuba

moron, mongolia

bad fussing, germany

hilter, germany

hell, norway