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Weird Place Names

Weird place names are names for cities, towns,other regions which are considered non ordinary.
1. Bumpass
Thank the Bumpass family whose scion Jack Bumpass brought this hilarious town name into being and, thus, transformed this slice of the northeast corner of VA into an oddity travelers mecca.
2. Intercourse
In the heart of southeastern PAs Amish Country and the setting for the Harrison Ford/ Kelly McGillis flick Witness, it seems as though Intercourse is positioned to be the least likely place in America to live up to its name. That said, travelers be warned.Safety tip: Intercourse is less than ten miles away from Blue Ball, PA. So be VERY careful when setting your GPS, or else plan for an entirely more disappointing weekend away.
3. Fucking
Welcome to Intercourses more brazen sister city, 20mi north of Salzburg. Travelers tip: The village folk (population: 104) got sick and tired of English speaking tourists stealing their Fucking signage. So in 2004, after a vote to change the name of the town after 800yrs failed to pass, they decided to install theft resistant signs welded to steel.Tawdry travelers tip: Once visitors realized they couldnt easily rip up a route marker, they started filming themselves in the act in front of the sign posts. In 2009 the Fuckingers got tired of it and installed CCTV cameras. Be forewarned.
4. Gobblers Knob
The rural area a couple miles outside of Punxsutawney garners the worlds attention as much for its weather predicting groundhog as its vaguely hilarious name. Steer clear: The Knob may be a peaceful place for most of the year, but it should be avoided at all costs for the knobs that gather in the early morning hours each February 2nd.
5. Hell Norway
Believe it or not, the founders of this burg in southwestern Norway named it Hell after the Old Norse word hellir, which translates to overhang not the feeling you get from eating lutefisk. Burn in: Another place. Hells one of the colder places in the world; in fact, its actually frozen over a third of the year. Boom, tish.
6. Dildo
According to Wikipedia, this town got its name from the phallus shaped pin stuck in the edging of a row boat to act as a pivot for the oar... Mmmhmm... Sure, Canadians. Whatever you say. Favorite local tourism site: TripAdvisors Dildo Vacations; be sure to open that one in an Incognito browser, or face awkward questions from girlfriends, roommates, and HR.
7. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Yes. A small village in Wales calls itself by a name with more letters than residents... And were like 65% sure we didnt spell it wrong.Interesting fact: The townships tourism folks own the internets longest valid domain name in the world; toss a .org.uk after their 63 characters and youre on your way to learning more about Llanfairpwll oh forget about it. But if youve only got 30secs, click to hear how the places actually pronounced.
8. Twatt
Believe it or not, Scotland has two Twatts. Theres one on the Orkney Islands and another on the Shetland Islands, and both of them are equally snicker worthy. Our extensive research reveals that the only thing to do in either Twatt is stand next to the road sign with an arrow pointing your way. Etymology: The name comes from an Old Norse word meaning small parcel of land.
9. Middelfart
Aaaaaand with Denmarks East Jutland town of Middelfart, we get into the most juvenile portion of our list. Historical background: Middelfart was a hub for whale hunters from the Middle Ages until the end of the 19th century. Even though whaling became officially uncool in the 20th century, Middelfarters reverted to their old habits during both of the world wars.
10. Muff
One might notice that Muffs awesomely close to Burnfoot, despite being eons beyond it in the schema of funny city names. If you do hit the northern Ireland port city, youll be happy to know they even have a sanctioned Muff Diving Club.Best time to visit: During the Muff Festival, of course. Thats when youll have the chance to seduce the Muff Queen after you kill it at the Lorry (truck) Pulling Competition. Should she not be suitably impressed, attend the Bilingual Historical Walk and try your best Gaelic pick up line.


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