41 of the Weirdest Street Names Across the U.S.

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There are some towns around the country where you can take a physical trip down Memory Lane, pay a visit to Sesame Street, hang out on Easy Street, or giggle at Butt Road.

Here are a few other wacky, weird street names that have made it onto the map in various cities:

1. Tupac Lane

A Las Vegas subdivision features a street named for Tupac—though which Tupac is unclear. It was developed in 1990, when Tupac Shakur was still a backup dancer. Other notable Tupacs include several Inca rulers and a former state senator from Michigan. 

2. Frying Pan Road

The D.C. suburb of Herndon, Virginia has featured a community named Frying Pan since at least the 1700s. In the 1890s, the community changed its name to Floris, but the road remains. 

3. This, That, and The Other Streets

Street namers near Porters Lake in Nova Scotia apparently ran out of ideas, because three connecting streets are called “This Street,” “That Street,” and “The Other Street.” Hopefully no one has to give too many directions around there. 

4. Roast Meat Hill Road

Killingworth, Connecticut pays tribute to a warm dinner—or burning livestock. No one's really sure. 

5. 100 Year Party Court

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Who wouldn’t want to buy a house on this street in Longmont, Colorado? The neighborhood is full of whimsical roads, including Half Measures Drive, Confidence Drive, and Tempted Ways Drive. 

6. Zzyzx Road

This road in California’s Mojave Desert shares a name with the town it leads to, as well as a genus of sand wasp. Several songs and a few movies have been named after the area. Zyzzyx Road, a thriller starring Katherine Heigl, made just $30 at the box office. 

7. Chicken Dinner Road 

The origin of this Idaho road’s name lies with a resident who lobbied the governor (who was a friend) to improve the road outside her house. Laura Lamb was known for her chicken, and now no one can drive down the street without being reminded of dinner. 

8. Error Place

On a map, this tiny route in Cincinnati looks like someone began to make a cross street connecting two avenues then decided better of it and gave up. It’s actually a staircase going up a hill. 

9. Bad Route Road

Taking a trip down this residential Montana street may not be as bad of an idea as it sounds. It’s likely named after Bad Route Creek, an offshoot of the Yellowstone River. 

10. Duh Drive

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Several graduate student apartment buildings at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are located on Duh Drive. Because living there’s a no-brainer. 

11.Puddin' Ridge Road

Residents of Moyock, North Carolina might have named this street for how muddy it became after a rain. Trying to traverse the thoroughfare before it was paved could be like wading through pudding, according to local legend.

12. Anyhow Lane

This tree-lined residential street in Gansevoort, New York is just like, whatever

13. Linger Longer Road

It sounds like either Southern hospitality or a threat to drivers with a bad sense of direction, but Linger Longer is the informal nickname of the Reynolds Plantation resort in Greensboro, Georgia.

14. Chicken Gristle Road

Granbury, Texas knows how to make a location sound enticing. Chicken Gristle Road is a short detour off Power Plant Court. 

15. Pillow Talk Court

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There are a lot of secrets being shared on this little dead-end in the Las Vegas suburbs, no doubt.

16. Squeezepenny Lane

The uniquely named lane presumably got its name from the nearby locality of Squeezepenny, which is reported to consist of "a smatter of houses and farmland." How the tiny not-quite-a-town go its name seems to be lost to history.

17. Farfrompoopen Road

NBC News reports that it's the only way to get to nearby Constipation Ridge. And although other stories cite Farfrompoopen Road's location as Story, Alaska, Google Maps will tell you that it's located in Fannie Township, which makes perfect sense to us.

18. This Ain't It Road

If you're looking for a place to find more information about this peculiarly named street, this article ain't it. There's not much out there about how this quirky road in Dadeville, Alabama was named.

19. Old Trash Pile Road

It seems Old Trash Pile has been cleaned up. In Rheta Grimsley Johnson's memoir, the author mentions that the street in Henderson, Louisiana got a name change after kids who lived on that street were bullied and called "trash from Old Trash Pile Road."

20. Tater Peeler Road

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Before it was a road, Tater Peeler was an unincorporated community. The road, we assume, pays homage to the kitchen implement-inspired name of the town.

21. Yellowsnow Road

Do not eat the snow on this road in Fairbanks, Alaska.

22. Poopdeck Street

Named for a man called Clarence "Poopdeck" Platt, a former Homer, Alaska resident who got his nickname from a character in Popeye cartoons, this street's signs are stolen on the reg. Poopdeck, of course, is a nautical term, but that might not be what's motivating the sign thieves...

23. Bucket of Blood Street

In 1886, a shootout at Terrill's Cottage Saloon in Holbrook, Arizona, caused locals to remark that there was so much death and violence, it looked like someone had poured a bucket of blood on the floor. Capitalizing on the infamy, Terrill's changed its name to the Buckets of Blood Saloon and eventually became a Route 66 tourist trap. The bar is gone now, but the street still pays tribute to its gory past.

24. Psycho Path

This pun-based road in Traverse City, Michigan has the honor of being named the most bizarre street in America in a poll sponsored by a company that probably regrets sponsoring the poll.

25. Shades of Death Road

Referred to as "Shades" by locals in Great Meadows, New Jersey, there's no shortage of tales about how this road came by its macabre name. From an outbreak of malaria in the 1850s to a series of murders in the 1920s, you can take your pick. There are constant reports of paranormal activity along the road, but one reisdent says the most suspicious activity comes in the form of vandalism. "Someone is always trying to steal the sign," Chrissy Waters told Weird NJ. "That's why they greased the pole." Maybe that solution could work for Poopdeck Street, too.

26. Fresh Holes Road

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Your guess is as good as ours on this one. Maybe a developer in Hyannis, Massachusetts had a deep affinity for just-made Munchkins from Dunkin. Sidenote: there is a Dunkin just down the block from Fresh Holes Road. No kidding.

27. Kitchen-Dick Road

There's a simple explanation for this one. The name pays homage to two families who founded the Sequim, Washington area. The families lived at opposite ends of the same road, so the road was named for both. The alternative, of course, would be Dick-Kitchen.

28. English Muffin Way

If you're a fan of breakfast foods, English Muffin Way just might be your Yellow Brick Road (not your Yellowsnow Road) because there's a bakery at the end of it. Bimbo Bakeries makes, among other things, Thomas English Muffins.

29. One Fun Place

Similarly, One Fun Place leads directly to the Jolly Time popcorn factory in Sioux City, Iowa.

30. Little Smokies Lane

You're probably thinking that this road in Winona, Minnesota takes travelers to a factory producing tiny, delicious sausages. However, it's just a road within the Pla-Mor Campground. BYOSausages.

31. Chow Mein LanE

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According to one source, in the 1970s, a multi-family building named the Orient Apartments had to be relocated to make way for the interstate. Part of the complex ended up on the property of a West Linn, Oregon landowner, so he insisted on at least naming the private road on his land that led to the apartments. This was the unfortunate result.

32. Alcohol Mary Road

The name may be memorable, but one family who lives on the road wishes it weren't. The road in Greenwood, Maine is named for a local woman who was known for producing alcohol during Prohibition, and residents seem to view her as a sign of the town's independence. But the Hertell family, who lives on the road and has a family matriarch named Mary, is tired of fielding questions about whether their beloved grandmother was an outlaw. In 2011, town Selectmen voted on the road's name and unanimously...kept it. Sorry, Hertells.

33. I Dream of Jeannie Way

This street in Cocoa Beach, Florida pays tribute to the 1960s sitcom which took place in Cocoa Beach (but wasn't actually filmed there).

34. Stub Toe Lane

There's a good chance you'll accidentally hit this road in the dark, but the lane in Portsmouth, Rhode Island isn't the only place with a sore phalange. There's also a Stub Toe Road in Barnstable, Massachusetts. It's unclear whether there's a Kid Left Her LEGOs Out On the Floor Street anywhere yet.

35. Hanky Panky Street

In 1988, Las Vegas adopted a law that prevents street name duplications in the area, a move intended to prevent potential confusion for emergency response teams. After a building boom in recent decades, developers have had to get more creative with street names, which is why the world has the gift of Hanky Panky Street, a small lane with offshoots called Wild Thing Court and Kisses Avenue.

36. ElVis Alive Drive


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Another great example of Las Vegas' creativity, this one is perfectly suited to one of the town's favorite conspiracy theories.

37. Booger Branch Road

There's not one, not two, but three Booger Branch Roads. One in Six Mile, South Carolina; one in Tennga, Georgia; and one in Knott County, Kentucky. There's an explanation behind all of them that has nothing to do with mucus. The Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English reports that "booger" once reffered to a demon or a ghost, which isn't far off from a "Boogeyman."

38. Rascally Rabbit Road

Another entry from Barnstable, Massacusetts celebrates the carrot-chomping, wise-cracking cartoon wabbit from Merrie Melodies.

39. Dutch Oven Avenue

Let's hope it was named after the cooking vessel.

40. Chicken Dinner Road

As the story goes, in the 1930s, the Lamb family had Idaho Governor Ben Ross over for a friend chicken dinner. On his way there, the governor noted that the ungraded road was hard to traverse. If the Lambs had it graded and graveled, he said, he would make sure it was oiled. They did, and locals started calling it Chicken Dinner Road to denote the social gathering that created the upgrade.

41. Weiner Cutoff Road

It's not as painful as it sounds. Weiner is the name of the town.

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14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

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This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

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You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

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What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

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Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

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The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

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Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

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The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

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8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

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Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

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9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

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Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

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10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

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You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

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11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

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Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

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12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

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If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

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13. SNES Classic; $275

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The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

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14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

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Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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How Ouija Boards Went From Spiritualist Tool to Children's Toy

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With its inviting pastel packaging, the pink Ouija board for girls fit right in on toy shelves when it was released in 2008. The moon and sun symbols, normally depicted in a Victorian-era style, had been redesigned as generic cartoons. It came with a purse-like carrying case and cards with questions like Will I be a famous actor someday? and Who will call/text me next? From the opposite end of the game aisle, the new board could have been mistaken for Pretty Pretty Princess or Mystery Date—but it didn't fail to catch the attention of some sharp-eyed parents.

News of the product began spreading around the internet soon after its debut, with religious blogs accusing the toy's manufacturer, Hasbro, of marketing the occult to kids. There was a movement to boycott Toys "R" Us and Hasbro in 2010 because of it. "Hasbro is treating it as if it's just a game," Christian activist Stephen Phelan told Fox News. "It's not Monopoly."

But despite the sudden public reaction, Ouija boards had in fact been marketed as a game for a century by the time "Ouija for girls" hit toy stores.

Parlor Trick to Party Game

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Ouija boards, or "talking boards," are a fairly recent invention. They were an outgrowth of Spiritualism, a 19th century religious movement that believed in communicating with the dead. Among other types of early technology they used to try and reach the deceased, Spiritualists would sometimes paint the alphabet onto a table and use a rolling pointer, or planchette, to spell out otherworldly messages letter by letter. Soon other elements, like a Yes and No in the top corners, the word GOODBYE at the bottom, and the numbers 0 through 9 beneath the alphabet, became standard in the design. The components were simple enough that anyone with curiosity in the supernatural could assemble their own board at home.

In 1890, three entrepreneurs named Elijah Bond, Charles Kennard, and William H.A. Maupin decided to monetize the parlor game. They secured the patent for the Ouija board (Kennard claimed the term ouija was an ancient Egyptian word for good luck) and started selling the wooden games for $1.50 a pop. Even though the board sold well, the original team dissolved after several years due to internal conflicts, and an employee of their novelty company, William Fuld, took over the rights. He was instrumental in transforming Ouija into an iconic toy brand—by the time of his passing in 1927, Fuld held over 21 Ouija-related patents and copyrights.

Fuld—and after his death, the Fuld family company—weren't afraid to play up the sense of mystery surrounding the boards in order to sell games. A 1920 advertisement in The Metropolitan magazine featured promises of a talking board that "Prophesies—Forewarns—and Prefigures, Your Destiny" beneath an eerie illustration of a disembodied face floating behind a player's shoulder—an image that would become part of the board's design. In 1938, the Fuld company sent out a mailer that read: "Call it a game if you like—laugh at the weird, uncanny messages it brings you if you dare, but you'll have to admit that mystifying Oracle Ouija gives you the most intensely interesting, unexplainable entertainment you've ever experienced."

Fascination with Spiritualism was still strong in early 20th century America, and Ouija board sales reflected that, with Fuld personally making $1 million from the game before he died in 1927. Ouija boards allowed members of the general public to dabble in mysticism without fully committing to hiring a medium. Guiding the planchette also provided a way for courting couples to touch and flirt discreetly, as Norman Rockwell's May 1920 cover for The Saturday Evening Post showed.

Investing in the New Age Movement

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Ouija continued to be a money-maker for the Fuld family until it eventually caught the attention of one of America's largest toy companies. Parker Brothers bought the manufacturing rights to the Ouija board in 1966, and instead of giving it a family friendly-makeover in keeping with the other games in their stable, the board game company decided to maintain the darker marketing style that had worked for the product in the past. Boxes displayed a mysterious shrouded figure waving a hand as if casting a spell. The packaging advertised that games were made in Salem, Massachusetts—the town where Parker Brothers was founded as well as the site of America's most infamous witch trials.

The Ouija brand turned out to be a savvy purchase for Parker Brothers. The New Age movement was starting to form in the mid- to late-1960s, and the public was more interested in Spiritualism and the occult than it had been since the beginning of the century. In 1967, the year after Parker Brothers bought Ouija, the game outsold Monopoly.

Even the board's frightening appearance in 1973's The Exorcist and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s weren't enough to keep people from buying the game. By the 1980s and '90s, it had gone from a Spiritualist activity for adults to a game that kids and teenagers broke out at get-togethers. "Back then Ouija boards were still a staple of sleepover parties," Mitch Horowitz, author of the book Occult America, tells Mental Floss. "Kids gathered in basements to smoke pot and listen to Led Zeppelin IV and play with the Ouija board."

Advertisements from this period targeted kids directly. One early '90s commercial shows a group of boys asking the board questions like "Will I ever be tall enough to slam dunk?" and "Will my parents let me go to the concert?" while zany music plays in the background.

Slumber Party Staple

Hasbro acquired the rights to the game when it absorbed Parker Brothers in 1991, and Ouija board commercials aimed at children have since disappeared from airwaves. Today, even though the Spiritualist movement that spawned the board has faded from public consciousness, the game's connection to the era is still part of its appeal—even if users aren't fully aware of it.

"It really is the one and only object from the age of Spiritualism that's still part of American life," Horowitz says. "Ask most people 'Have you attended a seance?' and you'll get looked at funny, but if you ask them 'Have played with the Ouija board?' and most people will say, 'Oh yes, I had a scary experience,' or 'My kid had a scary experience with something of that nature.' It's not too far off from asking someone if they've been to a seance—it just happens to be product-based."

The game has also proven harder to modernize than other classic board games; it's a tactile experience, Horowitz points out, which makes it tricky to digitize. But that doesn't mean Hasbro hasn't tried to bring the game into the 21st century: Past attempts included a Ouija board that glowed in the dark and a pink board that fit every stereotype about what young girls like—the same one that drew ire from religious groups.

But none of these reinventions have successfully replaced the classic Ouija board most people are familiar with. If you look up Ouija on Hasbro's website today, you'll find a game that resembles the same weathered, wooden tables mediums used to create their first talking boards in the 19th century—a design that may be enough to make users forget they're playing with a copyrighted board game meant for kids, and not an occult artifact.

This story has been updated for 2020.