From Smoot, Wyoming to PeePee, Ohio and Protection, Kansas, many cities and towns in the United States have some very odd names. A few of these places even have a story to go with their funny-sounding names.
Peculiar, Missouri chose its name at the suggestion of the post office. The potential town sent in three names for consideration, but all three were already in use in Missouri. The post office replied that the town should choose a more peculiar name, so it did.
Accident, Maryland, got its name when two land speculators chose the same tract of land for their claim. The parties involved were friends, so they settled the dispute amicably and named the town for the accident.
Merlin, Oregon, may remind travelers of the famous wizard, but the town is actually named after the Merlin falcons, otherwise known as pigeon hawks, that are common in the area.
Boring, also in Oregon, is an unincorporated community in the northwest part of the state, about 23 miles from downtown Portland. The community didn't get it's strange name because its residents thought that the place was uninteresting; it's actually named for William H. Boring, a farmer who settled in the area in the 1870s.