15. Avenue Road
Avenue Road is a
major north-to-south running street in Toronto, Ontario.
The road is a continuation of University Avenue, linked to it
Park Circle East and West. Many Canadians consider the name of the street
and contradictory-sounding. Robert Fulford once wrote that it
"sounded like an identity crisis
with pavement." There is a joke about how
Avenue Road got its name. According
to local legend, Lieutenant Governor
John Graves Simcoe was surveying the old town of York and came to a
Bloor Street and pointed north. He said (in an English accent),
"Let's 'av a new road!"
However, Avenue Road is a common street name elsewhere,
London, where at least 40 streets bear this name. The word Avenue in
means a row of trees, hence Avenue Road means a street
lined with trees. In Canadian English avenue
is synonymous with the word
Location: Webster, Massachusetts
is a lake
located in the town of Webster, Massachusetts. The lake is near the
It holds the longest place name in the U.S. and the 6th
longest in the world. Many people refer
to the body of water as Lake
Chaubunagungamaug or Webster Lake. The original name comes from
an Algonquian language, and is believed to mean, "Fishing Place at
the Boundaries -- Neutral Meeting Grounds.”
The lake was an important fishing spot on the borders of several tribal
paths of the Great Trail system start and end at the lake.
For this reason the area was often used as a meeting place.
has 7 or 8 islands. Some of the islands have houses and are habitable,
others are extremely small and uninhabitable.
Location: Denton County,
DISH, Texas is a small
town located in the U.S. state of Texas. On
November 16, 2005 the town’s name was changed from
Clark to DISH. In
exchange for renaming the town to DISH, all 181 residents were given free
television service for ten years. They were also given free DVR
technology from DISH Network.
At the time, there was no formal opposition
to renaming Clark, and twelve citizens attended the council meeting
support the measure.
12. Knob Lick
Location: St. Francois
|The Sign Says Knob Lick
Knob Lick is an unincorporated
community in southern St. Francois County,
Missouri. It is located on U.S. Route 67 about eight miles
Farmington. The community was named in 1876 for the nearby Knob Lick
the Ozarks, knob typically refers to an isolated summit, and lick
is a natural salt lick or salt spring.
In the past, the St Louis and Iron Mountain
Railroad had a stop at Knob Lick that was a shipping point for granite
Lost is a tiny village
in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with a population of less than
two dozen people. It lies 40 miles west
of Aberdeen in the Cairngorm
Mountains. Despite its small population, the families of Lost are famed
their strength and fighting honor. The name comes from the Gaelic word for
Today the hamlet has a few houses, a war memorial and a farm.
Due to its unusual name and the fact that it is in the middle of nowhere, the
area has received unwanted
publicity through tourist guidebooks. The town
has also suffered from regular thefts of street signs.
Each street sign costs
approximately £100 (US$200) to replace. As a result,
Council tried to change its name to Lost Farm; however, in the face of strong
the village’s traditional name was reinstated.
Westward Ho! is a seaside
village near Bideford in Devon, England. The
village’s name comes from the title of Charles
Kingsley's novel Westward
Ho! (1855). The exclamation mark in the name is intentional and it is
only such place in the British Isles with that emphasis, although Saint-Louis-
du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, shares the
distinction of having an exclamation mark in
its name. Development of the village began ten years
after the 1855
Kingsley novel was published, in order to satisfy the Victorian's passion for
9. Truth or Consequences
Location: Sierra County,
Truth or Consequences is
a spa city located in Sierra County, New Mexico.
As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,289. The
town was originally
named Hot Springs, however the city changed its name to Truth or
Consequences, the title of
a popular NBC radio program. In 1950, Ralph
Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences
that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the
NM won the honor. Ralph Edwards traveled to the city during
the first weekend of May for the next
fifty years. The annual event was
called "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, a parade, and a stage
The city still celebrates Fiesta each year during the first weekend of May.
Island of Anglesey in Wales
is a village and
community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait
next to the Britannia
Bridge and across from Bangor. The town‘s name is
commonly shortened to Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll.
The village is best known
for its name, the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest in the
According to the 2001 census, the population of the village is 3,040,
with 76% of the people speaking Welsh fluently.
It is the fifth largest settlement on Anglesey Island
by population. Tourists
often stop at the railway station to be photographed next to the station sign.
also like to visit the nearby Visitors' Centre or have their passports
stamped at a local shop. The
name of the village officially means: St Mary's
Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the swirling whirlpool
church of St Tysilio with a red cave.
7. Toad Suck
Location: Perry County,
Toad Suck is an unincorporated
community in Perry County, Arkansas,
United States. According to a local website, the town got its
name from a
common quotation in regards to the captains and crew of steamboats that
traveled the Arkansas River,
"They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like
toads." Toad Suck Daze is an annual
fair that raises funds for scholarships.
It is held in Conway, Arkansas. The fair was first organized
in 1982 and has
been held annually since.
6. Blue Balls
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Blue Ball is an unincorporated
community in Lancaster County, near the town
of New Holland, Pennsylvania. The name, though often
suggestive, actually comes from the Blue Ball Hotel, which stood on the
southeast corner of
the PA 23-US 322 crossroads. The inn is no longer
standing and was torn down in 1997 after more than
200 years in service. A
popular t-shirt in the 1990s read “It’s hard living in Blue Balls,
That’s not true.
Dildo is a town on
the island of Newfoundland in the province of
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Dildo has a long
history, going as far
back as 2000 BC when aboriginal people resided at Anderson's Cove. Dildo
has a fast-growing
tourist industry, on account of the town's unusual name.
Dildo offers great scenery and fun, with several bed and
establishments, and the Dildo Museum interpretive centre.
4. Shades of
Warren County, New Jersey
Shades of Death
road, sometimes referred to locally as just Shades, is a
two-lane rural road that is about seven miles (11.2 km) in length.
It is located
in central Warren County, New Jersey. Several explanations have been
for the road's strange name, none of which has ever been confirmed.
The name of the road has given rise to many local
legends about ghosts
and other paranormal activity. This has brought many tourists to the area.
Two locations along Shades of Death road are said to
be good places to
see ghosts and other supernatural phenomena. They are Ghost Lake and
Hole, which is a small cave. Others have reported strange events
on Lenape Lane, which is an unpaved
one-lane dead-end street about three
quarter mile (1.1 km) in length running eastward off Shades of Death road.
3. Gropecunt Lane
|Magpie Lane in Oxford
Gropecunt Lane was
a street name used in English towns and cities during
the Middle Ages. It is believed to be a reference
to the prostitution rings that
were centered in those areas. The earliest known use of the word was
1230. It appears to have been derived as a compound of the two words.
Both of these words were commonly
used during the Middle Ages until the
Streets that were given the name were often in the busiest parts of medieval
towns. The name was
once common in England. However, changes in
attitude resulted in it being replaced by more innocuous
versions such as
Grape Lane. Gropecunt was last recorded as a street name in 1561. Magpie
in Oxford was once known as Gropecunt Lane.
2. No Place
Location: County Durham,
|Beamish Mary Inn
No Place is a small
village near the town of Stanley in County Durham,
England. It is home to an award-winning real ale
pub, the Beamish Mary Inn
and lies near the Beamish Mary coal pit. The origin of the village's
name is uncertain; however, theories have suggested a shortening of "North
Place,” or "Nigh Place.” Other people have pointed out that
the original houses of
the village stood on a boundary between two parishes,
neither of which would accept the village.
The Derwentside Council tried to change the name of the village to Co-
operative Villas in 1983; however, they were met with strong protests from
local residents. Today
the city signs read both No Place and Co-operative
Region of Western Upper Austria
Fucking is a town
in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in western Upper Austria.
The village is located 33 kilometres (21 mi) north of Salzburg
kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the German border. Despite having a population
of only 104
people, the village has become famous for its name, particularly
in the English-speaking world. Its
road signs are a popular attraction for
visitors, and the signs were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until
2005 when they were modified to be theft-resistant. It is believed that the
settlement was founded
around the 6th century by Focko, a Bavarian
nobleman. The existence of the village was documented
for the first time in
1070 and historical records show that some twenty years later the lord’s
name was Adalpertus
Fucking's most famous feature are
four traffic signs with its name on it,
beside which tourists still stop to have their photograph taken.
residents, the Fuckingers, did not become aware of the notoriety of their
town’s name until
World War II when American and British soldiers started
coming around to take pictures. In July 2009
it was announced that the
village would be installing numerous CCTV cameras in an attempt to deter
from filming themselves having sexual intercourse in
front of the Fucking signs. In 2010, a German
brewery began marketing a
beer named "Fucking Hell.” They claim the beer is actually named
Austrian village Fucking and the German term for pale lager, Hell.
Tit, South Carolina
Cockup, Cumbria, England
Dicker, East Sussex
Pity Me, Durham, England
Paint Lick, Kentucky
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Terry - April 22, 2010
I'd like to add
Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky to your list.
Big Bone Lick
Boone County, Kentucky
Big Bone Lick State Park
is located at Big Bone in Boone County, Kentucky.
It is located on Beaver Road and between the communities of Beaverlick
and Rabbit Hash. The name of the park comes from the Pleistocene
megafauna fossils found there.
In 2002, the National Park Service
designated Big Bone Lick State Park as an official Lewis and Clark Heritage
Trail Site. The Park was also listed in 1972 on the National Register of
Bryan - April 24, 2010
Good call, Bone Lick
Park definently deserves a spot on this list. Especially being
located on Beaver Road and between the communities
Beaverlick and Rabbit
- July 23, 2010
Boone's Lick in St Charles, MO, there also used to be an intersection of Blow
Street and Mea AVE.
Erika - August 2, 2010
I know there are already 2 places in PA on
the list, but what can i say, us PA
residents really love our sexually charged towns. or in this case lack of...Virginville,
PA it's pretty close to Blue Balls, and Intercourse.
Anonymous - September 14, 2010
How about Baie-des-Ha!
Ha! (Ha! Ha! Bay), Quebec?
- October 8, 2010
missed a good one in Tokyo Japan, a long narrow street called Havashita