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Sometimes cities and towns in the United States get bored of their names, so they change them to standout. Here are 7 cities that changed their name to something quirky.
- Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It was originally called Hot Springs, New Mexico. The classic game show Truth or Consequences said it would broadcast from the first town that legally changed its name to the game show.
- Google, Kansas. In 2010, Google said that it would build a Google Fiber high speed Internet infrastructure in a town that changed its name, so for one month, Topeka, Kansas became Google, Kansas.
- Half.com, Oregon. During the Dot-Com boom of the early 2000s, Halfway, Oregon changed it’s name to Half.com, Oregon for a whole year.
- DISH, Texas. In 2005, Clark, Texas changed its name to DISH, Texas in exchange for free DISH Network Satellite service for all of its residents for a whole decade.
- Dr. Pepper, Texas. For one day a year, Dublin, Texas changes its name to Dr. Pepper, Texas to honor the oldest soda bottling plant in the state. It’s also the home of the official Dr. Pepper Museum.
- Pig’s Eye, Minnesota. Before it was re-named, St. Paul, Minnesota was once known as Pig’s Eye, Minnesota after the person to file the first land claim, a gentleman known as Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant.
- Eastpointe, Michigan. It was originally called East Detroit, Michigan, but its residents didn’t like to be associated with the poverty of Detroit. So in 1992, they changed its name to Eastpointe after the more affluent Grosse Pointe, Michigan.