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The 15 strangest town names in North America

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Why not, North Carolina

This town in current-day Randolph County was settled in the early 1700s, and though the people living there needed a name for their town, they couldn’t decide on what. After much hemming and hawing, nothing was decided upon. As the story goes, a man said, “Why not name the town Why Not?” Though the spelling has changed (Why Not became Whynot) it’s mostly been that way ever since.

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