You can thank YahooNews for diverting me from my originally intended post in order to bring you today’s lighter-hearted offering:
“A new poll [conducted by genealogy website findmypast.com] across seven English-speaking countries has chosen Toad Suck, Arkansas, as having the “most unfortunate” town name in the United States:
Toad Suck reportedly takes its name from a once popular drinking location for boaters on the Arkansas River. The toadsuck.org site explains in more detail, “While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: ‘They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.’ Hence, the name Toad Suck.”
I don’t know about you, but I think that maybe “Drunken Boaters”, or some such name, would have made a better choice than Toad Suck. Be that as it may…Toad Suck apparently hosts a celebration in early May called “The Annual Toad Suck Daze Festival“, the proceeds from which go toward scholarships to “…help assist the young people of Faulkner County to further their education,” according to toadsuck.org.
Here’s the top ten “most unfortunate” town names in the U.S., according to the poll:
1. Toad Suck, AR.
2. Climax, GA
3. Boring, OR
4. Hooker, OK
5. Assawoman, MD
6. Belchertown, MA
7. Roachtown, IL
8. Loveladies, NJ
9. Squabbletown, CA
10. Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY
I would have thought that “Intercourse, PA” would have been a strong contender. There was a “Hazardville, CT“, where my aunt lives, but it may have been absorbed as part of Enfield, CT. There’s also an “Oniontown, NY“, about 15 miles north of us up Route 22.
I’ll bet that you far-flung and well-traveled Critters and Zoosters must have run into some “unfortunate” town names in your travels. Got anything to beat Toad Suck?
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