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Pictures From Our Readers: Ill-Advised Business Names

Ransom Riggs
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The response to our second reader photo challenge was great, and we got a ton of hilarious submissions! We're posting most of them here, and all of them on our Flickr page. Enjoy!

Anatomically-inclined business names
We had so many submissions in this category, we were actually able to organize them by body part:

We received two pictures of Massachusetts liquor stores named "Bunghole," from Cody (above, in Peabody) and Sabrina (below, in Salem). According to Wikipedia, "a bunghole is a hole bored in a liquid-tight barrel," though it's been used as naughty slang since at least the 13th century (famously making an appearance in Dante's Inferno).

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analtech.jpg
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T&A.jpg
T&A.jpg /
bigmanpackage.jpg
bigmanpackage.jpg /
morning_wood.jpg
morning_wood.jpg /
unbeweaveable.jpg
unbeweaveable.jpg /
get_gas.jpg
get_gas.jpg /
kum-&-go-fargo2.jpg
kum-&-go-fargo2.jpg /
tanning.jpg
tanning.jpg /
tom-raper.jpg
tom-raper.jpg /
brick-furniture.jpg
brick-furniture.jpg /
GUNSAMMOBBQ.jpg
GUNSAMMOBBQ.jpg /
Poughkeepsie_NY_Yeung_Ho_II.jpg
Poughkeepsie_NY_Yeung_Ho_II.jpg /
YumMee.jpg
YumMee.jpg /
phoking01.jpg
phoking01.jpg /
donuts.jpg
donuts.jpg /

Just plain odd
There's really no other way to classify these. What were they thinking?

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caskets.jpg
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killer.jpg
killer.jpg /
shooting-supplies.jpg
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moby_dick_kabob.jpg
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On-purpose weird business names
When you have no marketing budget, sometimes the best way to get the word out about your business is by giving it a ridiculous name. We're pretty sure that's what happened to these fine establishments.

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frisky_biscuit.jpg
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stuffmart.jpg
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super-bad.jpg
super-bad.jpg /
spoon_me.jpg
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Bars
There seems to be a long-standing tradition of giving bizarre names to drinking establishments. Here are a few.

Just-Another-Saloon.jpg
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cabaret-cow.jpg
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Drive-Trru-Biningers-Happy.jpg
Drive-Trru-Biningers-Happy.jpg /
deadgoat.jpg
deadgoat.jpg /
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