Town Names That Will Make Your Kids Giggle

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Toad Suck, Arkansas

Toad Suck Arkansas

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Your travels may bring you to towns that make you laugh. Here are some favorites worthy of a family selfie.

Located just west of Conway in central Arkansas on Highway 60 is Toad Suck, a town that's won awards for its unfortunate name. 

Where does the name come from? According to 

Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: "They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend lives on.
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Monkeys Eyebrow, Kentucky

Monkey's Eyebrow sign

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The Bluegrass State has more than its fair share of unusual place names, but this one may be the craziest. You'll find this tiny hamlet near Paducah in southwestern Kentucky, just a few miles from the Ohio River and the Illinois border.

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Middelfart, Denmark

Middelfart, Denmark

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Oh dear. The name may be pure Instagram gold for preteen boys, yet this waterside town on the Danish island of Funen is actually very lovely. Its name means "middle way" in Old Danish and designates the narrow passage between Funen and Jutland.

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Humansville, Missouri

Humansville, Missouri


Located about 46 miles north of Springfield, Missouri, the town of Humansville at first appears to be a random celebration of the obvious. In reality, the place was named for James Human, who settled in the area in 1834.

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Buttzville, New Jersey

Buttzville, New Jersey

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Founded in 1839 by Michael Robert Buttz, this tiny town in New Jersey is sure to elicit chortles from your kids. You'll find it along U.S. Route 46 at the north end of Route 31.

Nearby: Buttzville is 17 miles northeast of Easton, Pennsylvania, home of the Crayola Experience.

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Shitterton, England


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Halfway between Poole and Dorcester in Dorset, England, you'll find a town famous for its foul-sounding name. Thankfully, Shitterton looks and smells better than it sounds, boasting an extensive selection of centuries-old, predominantly thatched, buildings.

The name dates back at least a thousand years and means "farmstead on the stream used as an open sewer." Locals had to purchase a heavy stone town sign because the old wooden signs kept getting stolen by tourists. 

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Bumpass, Virginia

Bumpass, VA

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About 35 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, famous as the site of an early Civil War battle, lies the small town of Bumpass.

The town is named for Captain John Thomas Bumpass, a Conferate militiaman who provided supplies for troops during the Civil War.

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Bitchfield, England

Bitchfield, England


Head five miles south of Grantham in Lincolnshire and you'll land in the village of Bitchfield, which does, in fact, give sightseers something to complain about. Aside from a small chapel and a few buildings, there's not much to see.

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Hell, Michigan

Hell, Michigan

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"Go to Hell," implores the tourist bureau of this devilishly named Michigan town located about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.

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Boring, Oregon

Boring, Oregon

Boring, Oregon 

This suburb of Portland, Oregon, was named after William H. Boring, a community leader and Civil War veteran who had moved out to Oregon after serving for the Union. 

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Dull, Scotland

Dull, Scotland

Consisting of a lone street of houses, Dull is a picturesque village in the Scottish Highlands. There's not much to do but look at the scenery and the sheep, which makes its twinning with Boring a match made in heaven.

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Hazard, Nebraska



There is no tourism bureau in this wee Nebraska town of fewer than 100 people, which is probably a good thing when your name means "go away." 

Established in 1886, the town got its name when the Grand Island & Wyoming Central Railroad was extended to that point.

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Sweet Lips, Tennessee

Sweet Lips

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With no stop signs, sidewalks or street lights, this teeny Tennessee town is easy to miss. But it's still worth a drive-through so you can snap a selfie with the town sign. You can find it near Henderson in southwestern Tennessee.

Locals say that early settlers in the 1820s deemed that creek water was "sweet to the lips," and the name stuck.

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Hooker, Oklahoma

Hooker, Oklahoma

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The town motto is "It's a location, not a vocation." Hooker is located near the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle along US Highway 54.

The name honors 19th-century ranch foreman John "Hooker" Threlkeld, whose nickname referred to being a "hooker"—or top roper—of cattle.

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No Name, Colorado

No Name, Colorado

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Located east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, off of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, lies a tiny town with no name.

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