What’s your hometown? Chances are, it’s not something that makes you cringe, or something you have to explain. But here are 10 cities in America where things aren’t always so simple.
1. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
It was originally named Hot Springs, but changed after the 1950s TV quiz show announced a competitive promotion. (Photo: einalem / Flickr)
2. North Pole, Alaska
2010 population: 2,117
It’s actually 1,700 miles south of the North Pole, and a suburb of Fairbanks in the middle of Alaska.
3. Bummerville, California
2010 population: 674
Dude, it’s just an unincorporated community in Calaveras County. Like, totally.
4. Dinosaur, Colorado
2013 population: 319
This town used to be called Artesia, but the name was changed to cash in on nearby Dinosaur National Monument, a large fossil site. (Photo: J. Stephen Conn / Flickr)
5. Belchertown, Massachusetts
2010 population: 14,649.
Named after a royal governor of Massachusetts, Jonathan Belcher. (Photo: Rusty Clark / Flickr)
6. Pee Pee, Ohio
2000 population: 7,776
Named after Pee Pee Creek, of course… which was named such after a settler carved his initials “P.P.” into a tree.
7. Earth, Texas
2010 population: 1,065
In the 1920s, townspeople chose a new name, after the original was found to be a duplicate. Seems this turned out to be the first Earth in Texas. (Photo: J. Stephen Conn / Flickr)
8. Flushing, New York
2010 population: 219,342
It’s part of Queens — which, come to think of it, could be considered a strange name, itself.
9. The Main Man USA
Peoplestown, Georgia (a neighborhood of Atlanta)
Manville, New Jersey
Various states, including Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Colorado and Kansas have had towns with this moniker. (Photo: Creative Commons)