25 Crazy Communities You Didn’t Know About

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1Gambaga Witch Camp

The Gambaga Witch camp is a segregated community in Ghana which was established in the 18th century to accommodate alleged witches and wizards who were banished from their communities. The camp has about 25 round huts and holds about 100 women. No health services or indoor plumbing is available in the camp.


2. There is a community in Cairo, Egypt that collects the trash of the residents of Cairo and recycles upwards of 80% of it. It is nicknamed “Garbage City” and its mostly Christian residents have been collecting and recycling Cairo’s trash for several decades.


3. There is a community in Florida that has been nicknamed Pervert Park because this trailer community is comprised mostly of convicted pedophiles who come here to live together upon release from prison.


4. There is a (tiny) community of people who regularly consume rotten meat (on top of an entirely raw diet that eschews fruit) and believe it's a "healthy" diet. They call it "High Meat" as it apparently gives them a "tremendous viagra effect" from eating raw, rotten meat.


5. Saadat Shahr is a small rural community in Iran that has been nicknamed ‘Astronomy Town’ because of its residents’ passion for stargazing. The town clubbed together to pay for an observatory and on special occasions, all the lights of the town are cut to improve the view of the night sky.


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6Guevedoces

Guevedoces is a term used in a small community in the Dominican Republic for some children who are genetically males but are born with a vagina instead of a penis. Miraculously though at puberty, the vagina automatically fuses into a fully-functioning penis and scrotum.


7. The Villages is an over-55 community that has the highest consumption of draft beer and STD rate in the state of Florida.


8. Ubang is a village in Nigeria where men and women speak different languages. This small farming community views this unique difference as “a blessing from God.”


9. The Turks of South Carolina is a community that traces its lineage back to Joseph Benenhaley, or Yusef Ben Ali, an Ottoman Turk refugee who fought in the American Revolutionary War, and whose members were discriminated against as "second-class citizens" in the segregated South.


10. Tropicana Field in Florida was once home to a thriving African-American community known as the Gas Plant neighborhood from the late 1800s until 1986.


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11Supai Village

There are people who live inside the Grand Canyon. Supai Village, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, boasts a population of a couple of hundred residents. It is considered the most remote community in the continental US, and therefore is the only place where mail is delivered and carried by mule.


12. Tangier Island is a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, where people speak with a unique dialect resembling British English. Due to rising sea levels, however, the island is expected to be lost in the next 50 years.


13. Seneca Village was a small community that was composed mostly of free black people. It was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for New York City’s Central Park.


14. The real-life area of Nutbush, Tennessee, which was mentioned in Tina Turner’s song “Nutbush City Limits”, is an unincorporated community. It has no official boundaries and therefore there are no Nutbush city limits.


15. Pinecraft Amish Snowboard Community is a planned community near Sarasota, Florida where Amish and Mennonite families go for vacation.


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16Ding Dong

Ding Dong, Texas was an unincorporated community founded in the 1930s that got its name from a sign that had "Ding" and "Dong" painted underneath two bells. In 2000, it had a population of 22.


17. The Oneida Silverware company started as a free love commune in upstate New York. The company was originally a religious commune that practiced selective breeding, encouraged postmenopausal women to sleep with teenage boys, and believed Jesus returned in 70 A.D.


18. Tristan da Cunha is a British island in the Atlantic that’s located 2400 km away from the nearest continent. The island is a commune, where all land is communally owned and cattle numbers are restricted to discourage wealth accumulation.


19. There exists an anarchist commune in Denmark called Freetown Christiania where the only rules forbid stealing, violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs, private cars, fireworks, and bikers' colors.


20. “The Colts” are an Australian family who became the center of the worst cases of child abuse in Australia. The genes of this 40 member commune/family was traced back to a married brother and sister.


21Koinonia Partners

Koinonia Partners was an interracial Christian commune which was founded in Georgia in 1942. They later went on to establish ‘Habitat for Humanity.’


22. There is a commune named Poole’s Land in British Columbia that allows you to live for free and pays you in psychedelic drugs.


23. Camp Siegfried was a Nazi summer camp on Long Island that kept a restrictive covenant preventing non-German people from living in the community until 2016.


24. There is a Polish village called Polonezköy in Istanbul, Turkey. It was inspired and funded by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski and settled in 1842 by a small group of Polish emigres, after the failed November Uprising. There is still a Polish community there with its own church and cemetery.


25. The small California farming town of Morgan Hill hosts “Mushroom Mardi Gras,” every year with their mascot Mardi the Mushroom. It’s a festival to celebrate their most prized crop which is mushrooms.

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