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Places With Interesting Names

I heard in a documentary of a place called Happy, TX and I thought this was an interesting name for a city. So of course I Googled places in the USA with interesting names. There’s some doozies out there! It makes me wonder what these people were thinking when they named them. Did they not think that the names would stick? Is there a way to rename a city? Can you take a vote about that?

Here’s a list of interesting names of places I thought you would like. I got it from

Miscellaneous crazy town names
Hopeulikit, Georgia
Knockemstiff, Ohio
Cut and Shoot, Texas
Slaughterville, Oklahoma
Jot ‘Em Down, Texas
Rough And Ready, California
Faggarts Crossroads, NC.
Coward, South Carolina
Spunky Puddle, Ohio
Bridal Veil, Oregon
Howey In The Hills, Florida
Bug Tussle, Oklahoma
Firetown, Connecticut
Burns Down, South Carolina
Pyro, Ohio
Frankenstein, Missouri
Goblintown, Virginia
Monks Hammock, Louisiana
Monks Misery, Maryland
No Mirage, California
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Humptulips, Washington
Looneyville, Minnesota
Looneyville, New York
Looneyville, Texas
Looneyville, West Virginia
Mormon Bar, California
Nimrod, Minnesota
Scrabble, West Virginia
Snapfinger, Georgia
Cyclone, Texas
Storms, Ohio
Hurricane, Utah
Wind Blow, North Carolina
Tarzan, Texas
Tightwad, Missouri
What Cheer, Iowa
Yazoo City, Mississippi
Zigzag, Oregon

And a partridge in a pear tree
Christmas, Florida
Christmas Cove, Maine
Christmas City, Utah
Christmas Valley, Oregon
Christmasville, Tennessee
Santa Claus, Georgia
Santa, Idaho
Eggnog, Utah
Tannenbaum, Arkansas
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, New York
Visit our page of Christmas or holiday season place names.

Mmmmmmm — I’m hungry!
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Cookietown, Oklahoma
Candy Town, Ohio
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Bacon, Delaware
Cheddar, South Carolina
Cheesetown, Pennsylvania
Cheeseville, Wisconsin
Cheeseville, California
Cranberry Marsh, Wisconsin
Ding Dong, Texas
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
Bread Loaf, Vermont
Whitebead, Oklahoma
Beans, New Hampshire
Oatmeal, Texas
Two Egg, Florida
Goose Egg, Wyoming
Toast, North Carolina
Chocolate Bayou, Texas
Lick Skillet, Virginia
Milk Springs, Alabama
Milkwater, Arizona
Buttermilk, Arkansas
Buttermilk, Kansas
Coke, Virginia
Tea, South Dakota
Coffee City, Texas
Coffee Creek, Montana
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Pie, West Virginia
Twin Peaks, California
Yum Yum, Tennessee

Where’s the remote?
Becker, Minnesota
Bonanza, Oregon
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dallas, Texas
Daniel Boone, Kentucky
Falcon Crest, North Carolina
Ironside, Oregon
Jericho, Vermont
Lancer, Kentucky
Lost, Minnesota
Mannix, Montana
Matlock, Washington
McCloud, Tennessee
Monk, Oklahoma
Rawhide, Nevada
Truth or Consequences, NM
Twin Peaks, California

Beam us up, Scotty
Enterprise, West Virginia
Tribble, West Virginia
Roddenberry, Georgia
Captain, Virginia
Kirk, Texas
Kirk, New York
Star, Oklahoma
McCoy, Colorado
McCoy, Ohio
Romulus, New York
Excelsior, West Virginia
Riker, Pennsylvania
La Forge, Missouri
Lore, Iowa
Wesley, Iowa
Crusher, Oklahoma
Wesley, Arkansas
Crusher, Texas
Minuet, North Carolina
Gamma, Georgia
Gamma, Missouri
Captain, Virginia
Archer, Montana
Archer, Florida
Archer, Nebraska
Phlox, Indiana
Phlox, Wisconsin
Vulcan, West Virginia

Quiet down out there!
Yelling Settlement, Alabama
Yellville, Arkansas
Yell, Tennessee
Screamer, Alabama
Screamer, Tennessee
Screamersville, Virginia
Loudville, Massachusetts
Hoop and Holler, Texas
Hoot and Holler Crossing, Texas
Holler, Maryland

Never? Never ever? Are you sure?
Neversink, New York
Neversink, Pennsylvania
Neverfail, Tennessee

Uh, I think I’ll pass
Boring, Oregon
Crapo, Maryland
Dull, Ohio
Hobo Station, Mississippi
Ordinary, Virginia
Poor Town, North Carolina
Poorman Side, Pennsylvania
Shacktown, North Carolina

This town’s really alive with activity!
Deadmans, Ohio
Deadman Landing, Florida
Deadman Crossing, Ohio
Deadmans Corner, Wyoming
Deadmans Corner, Maine
Dead Mans Crossing, Indiana
Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma

Get your mind out of the gutter!
Loveladies, New Jersey
Hooker, Oklahoma
Hooker Hole, Louisiana
Romance, Arkansas
Horneytown, North Carolina
French Lick, Indiana
Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Fanny, West Virginia
Busti, New York
Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania
Big Beaver, Pennsylvania
Butts, Georgia
Buttzville, New Jersey
Dicktown, New Jersey
Erect, North Carolina
New Erection, Virginia
Dickshooter, Idaho
Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Loving, New Mexico
Climax, Georgia
Conception, Missouri
Fidelity, Missouri

Take that thing outside!
Deadhorse, Alaska
Horse Head, Virginia
Deerhead, New York
Horseheads, New York
Hungry Horse, Montana
Spotted Horse, Wyoming
Buffalo Mop, Texas
Gray Mule, Texas
Mule Barn, Oklahoma
Forked Deer, Tennessee
Lame Deer, Montana
Running Deer, Virginia
White Deer, Pennsylvania
Sleeping Buffalo, Montana
Monkey Box, Florida
Monkey Run, Missouri
Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky
Possum Trot, Kentucky
Possum Grape, Arkansas
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Elephant Park, Colorado
Bearmouth, Montana
Tiger, Oklahoma
Tiger Bay, Florida
Turkey Scratch, Arkansas
Billy Goat Hill, Alabama
Goat Town, Georgia
Bat Cave, North Carolina
Dogtown, California

Where did I leave my keys?
Accord, Massachusetts
Cadillac, Michigan
Chevrolet, Kentucky
Dodge, Massachusetts
Dodge City, Kansas
Ford, Mississippi
Plymouth, Michigan
Pontiac, Michigan
Visit our page of automotive place names in the U.S..

Go to Hell – Hell, Michigan, of course!
Hell, Michigan
Hell, Riverside County, California
Hell Hollow, New Hampshire
Hells Corners, Ohio
Half Hell, North Carolina
Devil’s Backbone, Connecticut
Devils Den, California
Devils Elbow, Missouri
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Slide, Utah
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Devil Town, Ohio
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Red Devil, Alaska
Seven Devils, North Carolina
Visit our page of U.S. Halloween place names.

Heaven only knows
Angel City, Texas
Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angels Camp, California
Angeltown, Tennessee
Heavenly Hills, California
Heavenly Valley, California
Little Heaven, Delaware
Heaven Heights, Massachusetts
Convent, Louisiana
Pray, Montana

C’mon get happy
Happy Valley, Hawaii
Happy Land, Oklahoma
Happy Hills, Massachusetts
Happyland, Connecticut
Happy Hollow, Ohio

You do what to toads?
Toad Suck, Arkansas
Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Toadvine, Alabama
Frogtown, Illinois
Frogtown, Mississippi
Frog City, Illinois
Frogmore, Louisiana
Frognot, Texas
Mousetown, Maryland
Mouse Island, Maine
Squirrel Town, Ohio
Chipmonk, New York

Penny for your thoughts
Penny Hill, Delaware
Nickel, Texas
Dime Box, Texas
New Quarters, Louisiana
Dollar, Tennessee
Coin, Iowa
Money, Mississippi
Money Creek, Minnesota
Money Island Beach, North Carolina

You’ve got to be an awfully bad cook
Burnt Water, Arizona
Burntfork, Wyoming
Burnt Cane, Arkansas
Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania
Burnt Chimney Corner, North Carolina
Burnt Corn, Alabama
Burnt Creek, Georgia
Burnt Factory, Virginia
Burnt Factory, West Virginia
Burnt Hickory Farms, Georgia
Burnt Hills, New York
Burnt House, West Virginia
Burnt Mills, Maryland
Burnt Ranch, California
Burnt Prairie, Illinois
Burnt Tree, Virginia
Burnt Woods, Maryland
Burnt Woods, Oregon

Get the bug spray
Mosquitoville, Vermont
Fleatown, Ohio
Flea Valley, California
Ticktown, Virginia
Tick Bite, North Carolina
Bug Hill, North Carolina
Roach, Nevada
Roaches, Illinois
Cricket Corner, New Hampshire
Cricket Hill, Georgia
Grasshopper Junction, Arizona
Shoofly, North Carolina
Spider, Kentucky
Spiderweb, South Carolina

Because I said so!
Why, Arizona
Whynot, Mississippi
Whynot, North Carolina
Ynot, Montana

What do they say?
Talking Rock, Georgia
Hollow Rock, Tennessee
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Point of Rocks, Wyoming
Bean Rock, Alabama


Cat Craziness


There has been recent cat craziness at my house again. And stop with the crazy cat lady jokes. You have to have more than two cats to officially be a crazy cat lady. I only have two. So now that we have that straight we can progress. I was in bed the other day and was so exhausted. I hear this loud thump. I nearly jumped out of my skin. I wasn’t expecting noises. I look over and there is Soleil standing on top of the chest of drawers (in Southern speak: chester drawers). Then there was the obligatory and extremely loud MEOW! (Yes, Soleil is s a screamer.) So I figured she would lay down and settle in. Then I heard another thump. I looked and didn’t see her. Then something caught my eye. It seems I left the bi-fold closet doors open and guess who was standing on top of the closet doors. Soleil! And yes, on top. Just standing there. “Hey Mom! How ya doin?” I nearly fell over. I knew she was going to freak out getting down. So I made her get down. She is such a mess. And I don’t understand this whole mess. I don’t get the reason for getting up there or how she did. Let’s just say Soleil is not a light weight kitty cat. So the physics of this feat are beyond me. I wish I had had my camera. It was hilarious. Anyone else’s cats do this kind of stuff?

The Older I Get The Less I know

It’s funny about wisdom and age. In your teens and 20s you think you know everything. In your 30s you realize you don’t know much. By the time I hit 40, I wondered what did I really know? It seems that everything I thought was the truth is not and pretty much I haven’t learned a dang thing in all these years. I think I have an understanding of something and then BOOM! That theory is bashed. Feels like my head is bashed a lot, too, due to the headaches it causes.

I don’t get people most of the time. I guess I expect them to be more like me and just say what is on their minds and go on. Nope. Recently I have been trying to interact with people who wanna play games or who are coy or whatever. That just makes me want to scream WTF?!?!?!?!? Obviously they have something on their minds. Their actions tell me this. But they won’t say it. Stop playing the damn games and just tell me. We’re not in middle school. What you have to say may or may not be pleasant but neither is the guessing. And while that may be fun for you, it’s childish and immature.

I also don’t get the whole doing the right thing issue. I do what I should and do the right things and yet I get nowhere. I see people who treat people like crap and they get ahead. I don’t get it. It confuses me and makes me want to cry. It goes against everything in me to even consider not doing the right thing. I guess for some people it doesn’t matter.

I dunno. Today I am in a quandary and I am frustrated. Frustration leads to anger or at the very least, grumpiness. So forgive me. I am thinking things through as I type. One thing I wonder is am I going to know less tomorrow than I know today? That seems to be the case.

Elizabeth 9/11/11

Elizabeth was home alone on Saturday. She had cleaned the house until it sparkled like a commercial on tv. She looked at the clock and shook her head. It was only 3 in the afternoon. She was tired and felt dirty. It was still early enough to take a nap but she needed a shower first. She didn’t want to dirty the fresh sheets she had put on the bed.

After a quick shower she climbed into bed. She hadn’t slept too well the night before and all the cleaning had wiped her out. She wished her brain would shut down like her body wanted to. She was exhausted. She nestled deeper into the bed and finally sleep overcame her.

Hours later and Elizabeth felt much better physically. Her body was no longer dragging but it was now 6 in the evening and she was wide awake and alone. This was not a good thing. It actually made her sad. She didn’t know what to do. All her friends were busy with their own lives. She didn’t have a significant other to call or so something with. She was sad. She cooked an easy meal and moped. She sat in front of the tv watching a movie that didn’t interest her and she wanted to cry.

She felt frustrated. As a therapist she gave advice daily to people who dealt with the same situations. She tried to recall what she told them. She was angry with herself. She had felt lonely at points in her life, but today was different. She hadn’t understood how painful it really was until now. It was as if she was suddenly wiser but yet that wisdom was useless. She understood her clients’ pain yet her advice now seemed meaningless. Maybe now she would be able to come up with something that could actually help. Maybe that was the point of this. She wasn’t sure. The only thing Elizabeth was sure of tonight was that she was bored, lonely, frustrated, angry, and hurt. She didn’t want to play therapist tonight. She would save that for tomorrow. Tonight she was going to allow herself to feel whatever emotion crept in and hope that she could come up with solutions tomorrow.

Elizabeth finally fell asleep late. Sunday morning the phone woke her. It was Crystal. She wanted to know if Elizabeth was going to church with them. The depression that had come over her throughout the weekend  made her want to say no but Elizabeth knew that was the last thing she needed to do. She told Crystal she would be there for church but not Sunday School. She had never been a fan of Sunday School. This appeased Crystal and she was able to get off the phone and begin readying for church. She decided to take a change of clothes with her so she could get comfortable and play with Crystal’s kids. Maybe that would be enough to lift her spirits.

She arrived at the church a few minutes before the service was to begin. She saw Crystal looking for her and hurried towards her. “Where were you?” whispered Crystal. “I had to find a parking place,” Elizabeth whispered back. She had expected to be there sooner and didn’t realize parking was going to be such an issue. She sat down and waited for the pastor. He came out and spoke a few words before the choir sang their songs. Elizabeth was surprised at the music. She felt like she hadn’t been to church in forever because the music had changed quite a bit. She looked over at Crystal with a quizzical look and just received a smile and a slight hug in response.

After church Crystal turned to her and asked, “You coming for lunch?”

“Of course! Pass up real food and fun? No way!”


In Honor Of 9/11


The anniversary of 9/11 is here. 10 years. A decade of pain. Evil came to the heart of the United States and touched our soil. Most of us never expected something like this to ever happen. Our fellow Americans killed by an evil we couldn’t fathom.

As I am writing this I have hot, angry tears stinging my eyes. That was such a horrific day. I was at work when it happened and didn’t understand the magnitude of it. I didn’t truly understand what had happened until that evening when I saw it on the news. A dear friend called me and talked to me for hours as we watched the news. He lived about an hour away but we had the same news station. We watched together and were just horrified. He had seen it all day and knew I hadn’t had access to it. I remember just being dumbstruck. I couldn’t stop watching the footage. I was mesmerized in a horrible way. I was in agony for my fellow Americans.

To the families and survivors I hope you know that you have so much love from the world. We hurt for all the tragedy you went through. There are no words that can express how we feel for you and we know there is nothing to explain how you feel. I hope you know our hearts ache for you still. I have lost people before but to lose someone this way has got to be so much worse. And I still ache for the ones I lost so I can only empathize and hope that knowing we hurt for you is some comfort.

I know we can’t speak to the dead, but if there was a way to send a message to the victims I would love to tell them that you weren’t forgotten and the evil bastard who planned the attacks is finally dead! And he did not die a peaceful death either. Osama bin Laden was killed as punishment for his evil acts. He can no longer hurt anyone else. You have been avenged!

God bless the USA!

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