The names of these 10 U.S. towns are enough to make you cringe

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


Population: 6,411

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

Humansville, Missouri

Peoplestown, Georgia (a neighborhood of Atlanta)

Manville, New Jersey

10. Climax


Various states, including Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Colorado and Kansas have had towns with this moniker. (Photo: Creative Commons)

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