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Funniest Town Names: Tightwad, No Name

BOSTON, (UPI) –  A Boston-based Web site has compiled a list of the world’s 10 funniest town names, including Tightwad, Mo., and No Name, Colo.

SmarterTravel.com said local legend holds Tightwad received its name in the early 1900s when the town’s postmaster was angry about being cheated in a watermelon sale and No Name locals said the town received its unusual moniker when a state Department of Transportation official gave the designation to an Interstate 70 exit that had no official designation.

The Web site picked Hell, Cayman Islands, as third on the list, with locals claiming the name came from someone commenting that the jagged black limestone formations in the town “must be what hell looks like.”

Elephant Butte, N.M., the fourth town on the list, got its name from a volcanic cone island resembling the silhouette of an elephant and the fifth town, Chicken, Alaska, earned its title when residents in the 1800s were unable to correctly spell ptarmigan, a type of bird that was common to the area at the time.

Also on the list were Craptsone, England, which locals said lacks a well-known origin story; Rabbit Hash, Ky., named after a flood in 1847 left only the town’s store and huge rabbit population in place; Middlefart, Denmark, which means “central passage” in Danish; and Nimrod, Ore., which was named for the biblical hunter.

Finishing off the list was Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales, which translates to “St. Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave” and was intentionally named in the 1860s to give it the longest name in Britain.

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