“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” A familiar line from Shakespeare’s, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and perhaps a concept that is much contested, especially in the times we live in. With the uproar over the Washington Redskins team name, parents naming their children bizarre names, and studies proving the ethnic bias based on names alone, perhaps Juliet would not be so quick to speak.
As if weird or offensive names weren’t bad enough for a single entity, it makes you wonder how an entire town can wind up with some of the names on the following list.
1. Beaverlick, Kentucky
Colonel Angus visits here whenever he’s down south.
2. Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
The people in Pennsylvania are very easily inspired.
3. Cut Off, Louisiana
This town was so appropriately named, I couldn’t even find a decent picture on Google images.
4. Dicktown, New Jersey
I couldn’t find a decent picture of this town on Google images either, but for very different reasons…
5. Half.com, Oregon
In December, 1999, this town changed its name for a year to receive $100,000, computers for its public schools, and other financial considerations from its corporate namesake at the height of the dot.com bubble.
6. Nothing, Arizona
This town is full of people who are “good for nothing”.
7. Monkeys Eyebrow, Kentucky
As people in the commons gathered to discuss the new town’s name, Corn-Cob Joe deftly argued the most attractive characteristic of primates, to which all agreed, and thusly Monkeys Eyebrow (grammar mistake and all) was born.
8. Sweet Lips, Tennessee
9. Bumpass, Virginia
No comment needed.
10. Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Who said the Amish were prudish people?
11. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
The southwest always have the best names.
12. Jot-Em-Down, Texas
“I’m going to list some possible town names…ready?” “Yes, I’ll jot ’em down.” “And…we nailed it.”
13. No Name, Colorado
Why even bother?