20 Weird Facts About Towns You Never Knew – Part 2

1High Wycombe

There is a town named High Wycombe in the United Kingdom that publicly weighs their Mayor before and after their term to ensure they haven't gained weight at the taxpayers’ expense. If they have gained weight they are publicly booed.


2Staines-upon-Thames

In 2011, the town of Staines changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames to avoid being associated with Sacha Baron Cohen's character Ali G.


3Normal

In the US state of Illinois, there is a town called "Normal". It was named after the "normal school" (teacher-training institution - which has the goal of instilling cultural norms within students) located there. The town's motto is "Everything Is Just as It Seems!"


4Orofino

The small town of Orofino, Idaho, where the state's mental hospital is located, has a high school with the “Maniacs” as its mascot.


5Ponyhenge

There is a place in a country town in Massachusetts where people have deposited their old hobby horses called “Ponyhenge.”


6Singapore

The town of Singapore in Michigan is a ghost town buried beneath the shores of Lake Michigan after complete deforestation removed its protection from the surrounding sand dunes.


7Picoaza

In 1967, the small town of Picoaza in Ecuador successfully elected popular foot powder brand Pulvapies as a write-in candidate for Mayor.


8Huéscar

The Spanish town of Huéscar was technically at war with Denmark from 1809 to 1981 as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. The official declaration of war was forgotten until it was discovered by a local historian, followed by the signing of a peace treaty by the mayor and the Danish ambassador.


9Miracle Whip

In 2018, the town of Mayo, Florida temporarily changed its name to "Miracle Whip" as an advertising promotion with Kraft.


10Orania

There is a small town named Orania in South Africa established solely for the preservation of Afrikaans and the Afrikaner identity by keeping their language and culture alive.

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