4. Intercourse, Pa.: It's a little ironic that a small village surrounding Amish country, which holds some of the most modest people in the country, has such a name, but the town's official website says both theories of where the town got its name are pure: One centers around the name of a racetrack originally called Entercourse; the other is that the village was named because two famous roads intersected in the town. One has to wonder if it is the antiques and Amish that draw the thousands of visitors or if people just want to say they've been to Intercourse.
5. French Lick, Ind.: Combine a former French trading post and a spring near a natural mineral deposit known as a salt lick and you get the town of French Lick, Ind. French Lick has claims to fame beyond the mineral springs that made it a destination in the 19th century: Franklin D. Roosevelt announced he was running for president at the National Governor's Convention held at the French Lick Springs Hotel; it's also hometown to basketball star Larry Bird, who is known as "The Hick from French Lick."
6. Embarrass, Minn.:
Open the township website and find the message "Welcome to Embarrass, Minnesota, the cold spot." The town has an average temperature of 34 degrees, making it the coldest spot in Minnesota. Contrary to belief, the town's name has nothing to do with being ashamed of that fact; "Embarrass" is derived from a French fur trader term for the nearby river, which they found difficult to navigate – Riviere d'Embarras
7. Big Bone, Ky.: Mineral deposits, or licks, seem to be the origins of many towns with strange names; Big Bone, originally named Big Bone Lick, is no exception. The town got its name from the many large mammoth bones and fossils found in the area. It is theorized the ancient animals would stop in the area to get a taste of the mineral licks. The area is most noted for Big Bone Lick State Park.
8. Klickitat, Wash.: An unincorporated town in Klickitat Country, this burg claimed about 400 residents in the 2000 census. The town, originally called Wrights after one of the original settlers, was changed to Klickitat when the nearby railroad inadvertently changed the town's sign with that of a soda company operating nearby. The name was changed officially in 1910. The town was once known for its mineral springs, the soda company and a dry ice company, but since 1957 the most outstanding thing about the town remains its name.
9. Looneyville, Texas:
If you pictured a town full of mentally deranged folks wandering the streets, you can erase that vision from your mind. Like many early U.S. towns, Looneyville was named in the 1870s for its founder, John Looney. Unfortunately, the town is now mostly a memory to the 40 or so residents who inhabited the town after World War II. Perhaps it was the monicker that sent Looneyvillians scrambling for a new home. The town was declared a "dispersed rural community" in the 1990s and the only remaining structure, a store, was destroyed by fire.
10. Toad Suck, Ark.: Arkansas has so many uniquely named towns that it was hard to choose just two for this list. One of the most well-known towns in Arkansas is home to Toad Suck Daze, an annual festival that draws thousands of visitors. The origin of Toad Suck isn't as messy as it might sound. When steamboats cruised up and down the Arkansas River, captains sometimes had to tie up and dock waiting for the river to reach adequate depth so they could continue on their journey. The ship's crew frequented a local tavern and locals would say, "They suck on the bottle till they swell up like toads," and a form of that description stuck.