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10 strangest city names – Oddee




When I was a naive suburban teenager, I worked as a barista with a woman from Sandwich, Illinois. After going nowhere and knowing nothing, I thought it must be the strangest place on earth. Was every restaurant a sandwich shop? Did they have a city-wide sandwich vacation? The main street has the required Americana aesthetic. Otherwise it’s just a typical city with less than ten thousand inhabitants. There are six sandwiches worldwide – one in Canada and two in the UK. Strange names for small towns are universal. And some even meet my childhood expectations of whims.

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Friendship, Maine

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This city name feels a bit of a hassle, but it’s located on the northern tip of Maine, where friendship means more to me than closer to the equator.

Middelfart, Denmark

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While the word fart isn’t universal, residents of this small Danish town must see the serenity here. It’s a charming seaside town with lots of bridges and a few museums. I leave it up to you, if it’s worth the trip, to snap a picture of yourself pointing at the city sign and your bum.

Satan’s Kingdom, Massachusettes

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The name dates back to the colonial days when colonizers stepped on venomous snakes in the woods of Massachusetts every two minutes.

Buttzville, New Jersey

This one feels wrong, but the founder of the city was Micheal Robert Buttz. With a ‘z.’ There’s the Land of Make Believe amusement park, so it’s worth taking a trip to get a picture that points to the city sign and your bum.

Nothing, Arizona

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Not so much a city, as a single sign indicating that there is nothing. Also a creepy building. 0/10, can miss.

No name, Colorado

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In a perfect bureaucratic act, an employee of the Ministry of Transport ordered an exit sign for the newly built motorway into a city without its own legal personality. Not knowing the name, they simply referred to it as “no name”. The name and the signage got stuck.

Fluffy Landing, Florida

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Near Niceville on Choctawhatchee Bay. It’s hardly a town – just a fishing dock and residential area, but what a joy to come from a place of that name.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales

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There are a number of jokes on the internet about how the Welsh named this city – keyboard puree, Scrabble tiles, Sneeze, etc. But the name came from the combination of the name of a city (St. Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel) , with a hamlet (The Church of St. Tysilio of the Red Cave) with a nearby landmark (Rapid Whirlpool). Welsh is just a thorn of a language.

Hell for certain, Kentucky

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It is also known as Dryhill and the Hell for Certain River runs through the area. Legend has it that a missionary returning from Kentucky replied where he had been: “I’m not sure, but it was hell for sure.”

Embarrassing Minnesota

The urban population consists of people who have sent the person a text about someone. I lived there from 2014 to 2016 before starting a whole new life.

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