Global honor and distinction is just that. Even if it is of a dubious nature.
One of Boone County’s more popular hamlets has expanded its notoriety beyond county and state parameters into the expanse of universal this past week when Rabbit Hash, Kentucky was named one of the WORLD’S funniest town names.
According to the results of an apparently extensive amount of research, SmarterTravel.com recently released its findings on the funniest names given to towns all over the world, and Rabbit Hash made the top ten list, beating out such stalwart competitors as Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky; Pig, Kentucky; Lick Skillet, Tennessee; Leg O’ Mutton, England and Lizard Lick, North Carolina.
The criteria for inclusion on this exclusive compilation of odd monikers was more than just the name of the town. It also took into consideration the real story behind the chosen name. For instance, No Name, Colorado was given to this town when I-70 was being built through an unincorporated area in Colorado and a Department of Transportation official noticed that there was no name for Exit 119. So he just wrote on the highway signage map, “No Name.” The sign was made up to those specs and installed and the citizens of the small community could care less what the sign said and eventually began to like it and then accepted it as the name for their town. Kinda reminds you of “Florence Y’all,” doesn’t it?
The town of Chicken, Alaska was really named for the abundance of birds in the area that were called Ptarmigans. But none of the miners in this late 1890s gold rush town could agree on the correct spelling of the word. So they agreed that Chicken would suffice. Seems like a very democratic solution to that problem. Tightwad, Missouri came about when the local postmaster of this small Missouri town felt he was cheated on the price he was charged for a watermelon he purchased from a local merchant. Not satisfied when attempting to get his money back, he decided to wield the privileged power bestowed upon him by the Postal Service and rename the town Tightwad. So, there!
Imagine receiving a postcard that screamed “Greetings From Hell,” or walking down a dark lonely road in some vacation resort on the Cayman Islands and coming up to a sign that announced “Welcome to Hell.” Why you would probably throw down your tropical rum and fruit concoction and run for the devil, so to speak. Apparently this tourist village on Grand Cayman Island features jagged black limestone formations that one time or other brought to mind to someone what hell itself must really look like and that vision burned its name into infamy.
Besides this listing of the funniest town names in the world, SmarterTravel.com also has a companion list of the “Dirtiest Town Names in the World.” It’s pretty funny, especially considering they are the real names of towns, but definitely not suitable here. But I will give you one hint. Another local berg in western Boone County managed to make that list too!