NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Most of the more than 30,000 incorporated towns and cities in the U.S. listed by the U.S. Census Bureau have names that wouldn't get a second glance, but there are more than a few that have very unusual names – and even some that create some snickers.
We found 10 of some of the most usually named towns and cities and where they got their names:
1. Flippin, Ark.: When residents of this town say they had a run-in with the Flippin Police or that they're going to attend the Flippin Baptist Church on Sunday, they're not substituting a nicer word for that other word. Founded in 1820 as Goatville and later called Flippin Barrens for the early settler, Thomas J. Flippin, the town was renamed Flippin in 1904. It's best known as the world headquarters for fishing boat giant Ranger Boats and its proximity to bass fishing on Bull Shoals Lake.
2. Two Egg, Fla.: After reading the opening sentence on the Two Egg official website – "We have no city government, no city taxes, no city services and no city attitudes!" – we wonder if this small Florida town has much besides friendly neighbors who still wave to one another. No matter. Two Egg, named for the commodities residents used to trade to survive during the Great Depression, is known as the childhood home of actress Faye Dunaway and for its own Big Foot-like creature, The Two Egg Stump Jumper.
3. Dead Horse, Alaska: Dead Horse is so small, with 50 to 60 permanent residents, it doesn't even have its own website. An unincorporated community in the North Slope Borough, Dead Horse is best known for being featured on the cable channel reality show Ice Road Truckers, which is appropriate – many believe it's named after Dead Horse Trucking, a business that ran in the area in the 1960s and '70s.