Toad Suck voted worst town name in America (and there's quite a few)

Ruth Doherty


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There's nothing like a few silly town names to make you giggle, so we couldn't resist bringing you the news that Toad Suck has been voted the worst town name in America.

The town is located in Arkansas, and was voted to have the most unfortunate name in a global poll carried out by family history website findmypast.com.

So where does the name come from? According to toadsuck.org: "Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. 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." Gotcha.

Around 2,000 people from seven English speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada and South Africa, were polled, and Toad Suck just beat Climax in Georgia to claim the title.

Boring in Oregon came third, while fourth and fifth place were claimed by Hooker in Oklahoma, and Assawoman in Maryland.

Number six was Belchertown in Massachusetts, while Roachtown, Illinois was seventh.

The eighth spot went to Loveladies in New Jersey, while Squabbletown in California was ninth and Monkey's Eyebrow in Kentucky was 10th.

But there are lots of other great (or should we terrible?) town names in the US that didn't even make the list, including Who'd Thought It in Texas and, one of our personal favourites, Elephant Butte in New Mexico.

Josh Taylor, genealogist and spokesperson for the website, told the Daily Mail: "If there were an Olympics for unlikely town-names, America would surely be good for a medal, if not the gold."

If you like silly town names, you're sure to like silly signposts, too:

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