9. Ding Dong, Texas
The singular state of Texas has so many funny town names that it's hard to pick just one (or two, even). But, for sheer goofiness, few can rival a humdinger like Ding Dong. It seems that, back in the 1930s, two cousins with the last name of Bell owned a general store in the then-unnamed hamlet. They hired a painter to fashion a store sign, upon which he painted two bells inscribed with the words "Ding Dong," thereby giving the store - and the hamlet - a name. By the way, this community of fewer than 20 people is in Bell County.
10. Florida, N.Y.
Confusing travelers for decades, Florida, N.Y., is no Miami Beach. This farming village in the "Black Dirt Region" of New York grows big onions in the loamy soil - soil that just happens to be in Orange County, N.Y. Get it? Oranges? Florida? Hence the name, one assumes. Except that there are actually two towns in New York named Florida, and the second one, in Montgomery County, makes no bones about the fact that it was named for the state of Florida. (Why is another matter.) Anyhow, if you wake up and find you're in Florida, don't assume you'll be basking in the warmth of the Sunshine State - you might be in an onion field in upstate New York.
11. Stinking Bay, Alaska
Its name might lack the romantic lyricism of, say, a Half-Moon Bay or an Oyster Bay, but Stinking Bay has something many others do not: a funny town name, which gets it big play in important journalistic enterprises like this one. Sadly, this source of pride has few to celebrate it, for the community is unincorporated, with but a handful of residents. Stinking Bay, more than anything, is a state of mind.
Your Turn: Put a town on our map of funny names. Tell us in the Comments field below that you once called Little Heaven (Del.) home; that you've been to Hell (Mich.) and back or survived Tickle Hill (S.C.). Maybe you've gotten lost looking for Ware (Mass.)? With a little help from you, we just might Embarrass (Wis.) every state.