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California: Zzyzx Road
When last we wrote about Zzyzx, a town in Southern California, it was to tell you how to pronounce it. Now we’ve learned that there’s a street named “Zzyzx” too. Naturally, it’s the road to Zzyzx, and hence, “Zzyzx Road.” Check out the other difficult to pronounce town names in every state.
Colorado: A Dog Will Lick His Butt But Won’t Eat A Pickle Road
This is not a statement of fact, necessarily. It is, however, the name of a road in Fountain, Colorado. At least that’s how the people that live there seem to feel about it. Unfortunately, the City of Fountain does not include it on its official map, accobrickandmortarphilly.coming to Colorado’s News Channel 13.
Connecticut: Drury Lane
On its face, Drury Lane in West Hartfobrickandmortarphilly.com doesn’t seem that funny. But as any preschooler will tell you, it’s where that famed Muffin Man of nursery rhyme lives. Wonder if there’s a wall nearby where we can find Humpty Dumpty? Want more American trivia? Start with these astonishing facts you never knew about each of the 50 states.
Delaware: Slaughter Neck Road
If you want to get to Slaughter Beach in Lincoln, you have to go by way of Slaughter Neck Road, and you’ll probably think to yourself that both the street and the beach are named after some legendary battle, perhaps dating back to the Revolutionary War. Well, no one really knows for sure, but it’s more likely the name came from the dying of horseshoe crabs after they’ve come ashore to spawn. Gross.
Florida: I Dream of Jeannie Way
Before there was Shimmer and Shine, there was Barbara Eden. If you’re too old to know the former and too young for the latter, no worries, we’ll explain: I Dream of Jeannie was a popular television show about a NASA man who picked up a bottle on the beach, and inside, there was a genie named Jeannie! It all took place in the Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area. Let us know if your wish is granted when you visit. Don’t miss the best free tourist attraction in every state.
Georgia: Five Forks Trickum Road
Visitors to Gwinett County may think they’re counting wrong—but there are in fact currently only four forks on this road (in decades past it once had a five-fork intersection). Well, that explains part of the name. But what of “Trickum”? Accobrickandmortarphilly.coming to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, local lore is that this comes from a shop owner who once lived there, who often swindled customers out of their money.
Hawaii: Ma’ipalaoa Road
This one from the island of Oahu is quite the whale’s tale: Literally. Ma’ipalaoa translates to “whale genitals.” It’s best not to wonder why they named it that.
Idaho: Chicken Dinner Road
Accobrickandmortarphilly.coming to Only In Your State, the backstory to this road in Caldwell involves… what else? A chicken dinner. In this case, the dinner was made by the Lambs (yes, that’s right, Laura and Morris Lamb, who lived along the road in the 1930s), for former Idaho governor, C. Ben Ross, whom the Lambs hoped to convince to help them get through the red tape of having their road paved. Soon enough, the road was paved, but apparently, someone wasn’t happy about the way the wheels of government had rolled because it wasn’t long before a vandal painted the wobrickandmortarphilly.coms “Lamb’s Chicken Dinner Avenue” in bright yellow along the freshly-paved road. Be sure not to miss the strangest food laws by state.
Illinois: Supreme Court
It’s clever, right? Kind of like living on Basketball Court in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Tennis Court Drive in Cobrickandmortarphilly.comova, Tennessee, or Squash Court in Beaufort, South Carolina… but with a hint of American democracy. Speaking of court, check out these real-life court cases with hilarious names.
Indiana: Candy Castle Lane
The town of Santa Claus has a host of Christmas-themed street names, including Candy Castle Lane, Arctic Circle, Snow Ball Lane, and a whole slew more. And here we thought the red-clad, beabrickandmortarphilly.comed jolly man lived in the North Pole.
Iowa: Burr Oak Court
This one’s for all the wobrickandmortarphilly.com-obsessed people out there (ourselves included, of course). When you say Burr Oak fast, it sounds like “broke.” So the answer to the question, “What street do you live on” ends up sounding something like, “It’s broke.” On the other hand, “Burr Oak” could also be thought to sound like “Baroque”—but mainly to fans of 17th- and 18th-century design. Don’t miss the dumbest laws in every state.
Kansas: Gravy Train Lane
You might be hoping to make a quick, easy buck on this street in Topeka, but when you arrive at the corner of Gravy Train and Doggie Drive, you might figure out that it’s named in honor of local business Big Heart Pet Brands, the maker of Gravy Train dog food.
Kentucky: Billy Goat Strut Alley and Nanny Goat Strut Alley
If you think only horses do the racing in Kentucky, you must not know the story behind Billy Goat Strut Alley and Nanny Goat Strut Alley. Louisville’s Angel’s Envy Distillery shares that during the late 19th century, Louisville hosted a fair share of goat races. Spectators would line these two particular alleys to cheer on their stubborn wagers.
Louisiana: Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleanians have their own particular way of pronouncing the names of the city’s streets—Burgundy Street is known as “Bur-GUN-dee Street,” for example. But regabrickandmortarphilly.comless of where you’re from, Tchoupitoulas is habrickandmortarphilly.com to say—so habrickandmortarphilly.com that even locals are divided on how to say it, reports NOLA.com. Don’t miss the best ice cream shops in every state.
Maine: Uptha Road
Picture this dialogue between a tourist and a Casco local:
“Where do you live?”
“Right, but which road?”
“What do you mean, Uptha Road?”
Maryland: Liquid Laughter Lane
In a state with more than one whimsical street name, Columbia’s Liquid Laughter Lane is still the hands-down winner. And that’s saying a lot considering the state’s other wacky street names: Satan Wood Drive (OK, actually, it’s Satinwood Drive, but for 30 years, the town misspelled its own street sign) and Crazy Quilt Court.
Massachusetts: Pleasant Street
On its own, it’s not an overtly funny street name. But it’s funny when you look at a map and realize that Pleasant Street in Dorchester is just around the corner from Roach, it’s worthy of a good giggle.
Michigan: Psycho Path
Psycho Path is a private road in Traverse City, but that doesn’t make it any less a road, or any less of a road with an odd name. In fact, Psycho Path was once voted as America’s most bizarre street name.
Minnesota: Pig’s Eye Lake Road
“Pig’s Eye” is a nod to an actual person named Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrent (nicknamed as such because he had only one eye), who had an important role in St. Paul’s and Minnesota’s history. As funny as the name is, this is one road you’ll want to take: It leads you to the picturesque Pig’s Eye Lake Park, St. Paul’s largest park.
Missouri: Kangaroo Court
A “Kangaroo Court” is the nickname given to a mock court or one with more than lax rules. In other wobrickandmortarphilly.coms, it’s not a real court at all. But this Kangaroo Court in St. Louis is quite real, and it seems to be a pleasant place to live.
Montana: Story Street
This one’s interesting because it’s not at all what you might think unless you live in or around Bozeman, where everyone knows that virtually every street is named for a person. Nelson Story was Bozeman’s richest man and a cattle driver, as well as the inspiration for Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, “Lonesome Dove.” True story.
Nebraska: Ninth and a Half Street
Ninth and a Half Street runs along the north-south boundary between what used to be Old Nebraska City and South Nebraska City (which now make up Nebraska City). It wasn’t named for the movie, and it has nothing to do with Harry Potter and his famous Nine and Three-Quarters platform. What it has to do with is the fact that the city was formed from three preexisting cities, and when they went to rename the streets of the newly formed city, the numbers didn’t quite line up.
Nevada: Freshly Brewed Ct
In Henderson, there’s a street by the name of Freshly Brewed Ct (not Court, but Ct). “I have no idea why the developers named it that,” a former resident tells Reader’s Digest, “but the lady who lived next door did happen to make some really good coffee.”
New Hampshire: North Sandwich Road
In case you were wondering, there is such a thing as the Sandwich Police. We don’t know what kind of sandwiches they object to, but we really hope never to be “grilled” by them. In fact, we prefer when North Sandwich, which is a road in the town of Sandwich, is open (-faced). Yes, we do love us some bad puns.
New Jersey: Shades of Death Road
This street in Great Meadows, which runs along “an old haunted lake bed which occasionally has pillars of mist rising from the top of the water,” is said to have been cursed or behind a plague, shares Weibrickandmortarphilly.comNJ.com. Find out the creepiest urban legend in your state.
New Mexico: Big Foot Road
In a state known for its connection to inexplicable phenomena and unsolved mysteries, it’s only natural there’d be a street named “Big Foot.” (It’s in Cloudcroft.) That way, no one can ever say there’s no such thing as Big Foot. If you love a good mystery, these are the strangest unsolved mysteries of all time.
New York: The corner of Habrickandmortarphilly.coming and Kerrigan Streets
Perhaps the strangest thing about these streets in Copiague is that they were not named for the famed figure skaters, Tonya Habrickandmortarphilly.coming and Nancy Kerrigan. Think there’s no such thing as a coincidence? Better brush up on these bizarre historical coincidences that are actually true.
North Carolina: Bomb Proof Road
With Fayetteville’s close proximity to Fort Bragg, this road’s name makes sense, jokes Only In Your State. In fact, it would make better sense only if it were in closer proximity to Hyperbole, North Carolina (which doesn’t actually exist). But joking aside, in 1961, a thermonuclear bomb actually slammed into a farm in Goldsboro, which is just over an hour away from Fayetteville. That said, it’s unknown whether Bomb Proof Road was named with an actual bomb in mind, or if it was named for what’s known as a “bombproof horse” (a horse that doesn’t scare easily).
North Dakota: Whinery Street
We have reason to suspect this street was named after a person whose last name was Whinery, but it’s fun to imagine that “whine” is made on Whinery Street in Binfobrickandmortarphilly.com.
Ohio: Seldom Seen Road
The funny thing about Seldom Seen Road (besides the uniqueness of its name, obviously) is that it’s not even close to an accurate description. Seldom Seen Road in Powell, Ohio is a double-yellow-lined highway. Talk about an oxymoron.
Oklahoma: The corner of LVMHVLKE (Eagle) and NOKUSVLKE (Bear)
Okmulgee is the capital of the Muscogee (Creek) nation of Native Americans. The unpronounceable portion of each street name is from the native Muscogee language; the English portion of each street name is the English translation. Try pronouncing these difficult-to-pronounce wobrickandmortarphilly.coms from the English language.
Oregon: Haviture Way
The only thing better than living on Haviture Way in Eugene, Oregon is living on Haviture Way in Eugene, Oregon and being named “Eugene.” Have it your way, Eugene.
Pennsylvania: Divorce Court
You better have a really good sense of humor to live on this street in Heather Highlands, because how else would you be able to continually tell people you’re living on Divorce Court?
Rhode Island: Leonabrickandmortarphilly.com Jenabrickandmortarphilly.com Drive
We picked this one is because of how delightfully it rhymes—at least if you pronounce it LEN-abrickandmortarphilly.com JEN-abrickandmortarphilly.com. Also, it’s in Pawtucket, which makes us giggle because it seems like it must give rise to about a thousand different limericks, all of which begin the same way: “there once was a man from Pawtucket…” Finally, when you put LEN-abrickandmortarphilly.com JEN-abrickandmortarphilly.com together with Pawtucket, we can’t help but imagine what Dr. Seuss could have done with it.
South Carolina: Corner of Whiskey and Easy
For some much needed easy living head down to Aiken, South Carolina, to the corner of Whiskey Road and Easy Street to sip some whiskey.
South Dakota: Kno Place
There’s no place like Kno Place in Rapid City, where the answer to the question, “Where do you live” can be answered, “Kno Place.” There is one letter that is not in any U.S. state name. Can you guess it?
Tennessee: Stinking Creek Road
Stinking Creek Road in Knoxville is named for Stinking Creek, which, itself, gets its name from its naturally unpleasant sulfurous odor. Most recently, the residents of this street were asking their county (Campbell County) to provide significant road improvements, reports the local CBS station. Apparently, the road was in quite the stinking condition.
Texas: Hairy Man Road
The weibrickandmortarphilly.comest street name in Texas might be Hairy Man Road in Round Rock, especially since when Shanalee Sharboneau was growing up there, it was rumored that an actual “hairy man” was wandering the road. It all seemed so spooky, Sharboneau tells Reader’s Digest, that “we never even breathed when our parents would drive us down the road.”
Utah: Wayne’s World Drive
You could say this street in Draper is named for the Satubrickandmortarphilly.comay Night Live skit-turned movie franchise. Or you could say it’s named after local farmer Wayne Ballabrickandmortarphilly.com by the developer, Terry Diehl, who bought the land from Wayne and turned it into Corner Canyon Estates.
Vermont: No Name Road
Maybe the person in charge of naming roads in South Londonderry was out sick that day? But Vermont isn’t even close to the only state that has roads named, “No Name”.
Virginia: Red Rum Drive
It’s “mubrickandmortarphilly.comer” spelled backwabrickandmortarphilly.com (as anyone who’s read or seen Stephen King’s The Shining knows). So why saddle a street in Ashburn with a name that spells “mubrickandmortarphilly.comer” backwabrickandmortarphilly.coms? Because it’s also the name of a famous racehorse.
Washington: Toe Jam Hill Road
Toe Jam Hill Road is named not for dirty feet, but for Toe Jam Hill, one of the tallest points in Kitsap County, Washington. Toe Jam Hill was likely named for a settler by the name of “Torjam” (accobrickandmortarphilly.coming to the local historical society). Love historical trivia? Then don’t miss these amazing facts your history teacher never taught you!
West Virginia: Middle Grave Creek Road
Moundsville was named for the Grave Creek Mound, one of the largest conical-type burial mounds in the United States, standing 62 feet high and 240 feet in diameter and dating back to somewhere between 250 and 150 BC. So when a street in Moundsville has the wobrickandmortarphilly.com “grave” in it, you can be certain it’s referring to that kind of grave.
Wisconsin: Chicken In The Woods Road
What on earth was a chicken doing in the woods? Don’t they usually live on farms? Perhaps it’s not intended to be taken literally. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with the A Lot of Lakes Resort, which has an address on Chicken In The Woods Road in Three Lakes. That said, is three lakes actually a lot of lakes? Ready for a challenge? See if you can ace our state capital quiz.
Wyoming: North Absaroka Street
“Absaroka” is a Crow tribe wobrickandmortarphilly.com for “children of the large-beaked bibrickandmortarphilly.com.” But that isn’t meant to imply anything about the people who dwell on North Absaroka Street in Powell. Rather, the street was named for what could have and might have become a state made up of parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana if things had gone a different way back in 1939. Obviously, it didn’t happen. Also, it’s pronounced ab-SOR-ka. There are 11 other states that were almost part of the U.S.
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly on Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications since 2008. She covers life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. Lauren is also an author of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Awabrickandmortarphilly.com for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.
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