Beyond the Ordinary: 20 Surprising Communities You Never Knew Existed

1Pervert Park

Pervert Park

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.


2High Meat

High Meat

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.


3Saadat Shahr

Saadat Shahr

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.


4Guevedoces

Guevedoces

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.


5The Villages

The Villages

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


6Ubang Community

Ubang Community

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.”


7Turks of South Carolina

Turks of South Carolina

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.


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8Gas Plant Neighborhood

Gas Plant Neighborhood

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.


9Supai Village

Supai 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.


10Tangier Island

Tangier Island

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.

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