Thats what author Gary Gladstone discovered while visiting cities with strange names for a new book, Reaching Climax And Other Towns Along The American Highway (Ten Speed Press).
Case in point: Bummerville, California, which Gladstone says is not a bummer place to visit at all. He says the locals were so nice they were giving him backrubs in the middle of the street.
One strange thing: The sign in front of the Post Office asks visitors to exit their car before entering the building.
Other cities with negative-sounding names include Troublesome, Colorado, which Gladstone says is a very pleasant farming community, and Downer, Minnesota, which is actually home to a very fun roadhouse that was built after the owner had an epiphany after being struck by lightning.
But some cities with negative names do live down to them, such as Dismal, Tennessee, which Gladstone says was chock full of rotting underbrush, swampy meadows, a landscape littered with junk, and falling-down houses.
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