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Attempts to crowdsource names keep failing, which begs the question: Why do we keep trusting the public to name things?

First, there was Mr. Splashy Pants, a pretty cool humpback whale that got a terrible name thanks to a 2007 Greenpeace campaign.

According to a Greenpeace blog, someone found a way around the "one vote per person" rule, and "Mr. Splashy Pants" took over 78 percent of the votes.

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Every crude town name in America

Alabama

Town names: Ballplay, Boar Tush, Smut Eye

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Alaska

Town names: Clam Gulch, Covenant Life, Kokhanok, Manley Hot Springs, Mary’s Igloo, North Pole

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Arizona

Town names: Cyclopic, Kaka, Parker Strip, Show Low, Three Way

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Arkansas 

Town names: Bald Knob, Biggers, Blue Ball, Boeuf, Corning, Flippin, Greasy Corner, Pea Ridge, Romance, Toad Suck, Weiner

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 California

Town Names: Bush, Chubbuck, Clam Beach, Fort Dick, Hooker, Johnsondale, Johnsons, Old Fig Garden, Peters, Prunedale, Raisin City, Ragged Point, Ragtown, Rough and Ready, Shafter, Woody

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Colorado

Town names: Atwood, Beaver Creek, Delores, Hotchkiss, Johnson Village, Lay, Loveland, Lubers, Slagger, Wetmore, Woodrow, Woody Creek

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Connecticut

Town Names:  Happyland, Moosup, Seymour, Essex

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Delaware

Town names: Blue Ball, Bunting, Cave Colony, Cocked Hat, Cowgills Corner, Hoars Addition, Midnight Thicket, Swallow Hill

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Florida

Town names: Briny Breezes, Bunker Donation, Chattahoochee, Fluffy Landing, Miccosukee, Needmore, Wildwood

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Georgia

Town names: Balls Ferry, Boneville, Butts, Cumming, Experiment, Faceville, Flippen, Gumlog, Hardup, Lumpkin, Pyles Marsh

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Hawaii

Town name: Honaunau-Napoopoo

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Idaho

Town names: Athol, Bone, Cream Can Junction, Dickshooter, Dingle, Hand Place, Headquarters, Player Place, Slickpoo, Wickahoney

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Illinois

Town names: Bone Gap, Boody, Breeds, Bush, Chicken Bristle, Chittyville, Diswood, Dongola, Ficklin, Honey Bend, Kumler, La Fox, Lick Creek, Love, Shobonier

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Indiana 

Town names: Beaver City, French Lick, Effingham, Floyds Knobs, Friendswood, Gnaw Bone, Rocky Ripple, Spurgeon

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Iowa

Town names:  Balltown, Beaverdale, Cumming, Fertile, Hard Scratch, Inwood, Manly, Sac City

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Kansas

Town names: Deerhead, Dry Wood, Skiddy

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Kentucky

Town names: Bald Knob, Beaver Dam, Beaverlick, Bigbone, Broad Bottom, Co-Operative, Girdler, Knob Lick, Load, Morehead, Mud Lick, Sugar Tit

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Louisiana 

Town names: Dry Prong, Grosse Tete, Grand Cane, Hardwood, Lucky

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 Maine 

Town names: Bangor, Owls Head, Schoodic, Shady Nook

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Maryland

Town names:  Blue Ball Village, Bushwood, Cockeysville, Crapo, Dames Quarter, Loveville

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Massachusetts 

Town names: Felchville, Mashpee, Woods Hole

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Michigan

Town names: Climax, Colon, Dick, Felch, Green Bush, Romeo, Sac Bay

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Minnesota

Town names: Ball Bluff, Ball Club, Balsam, Beaver, Big Woods, Burnsville, Bush Landing, Chokio, Clappers, Climax, Comstock, Cumming, Embarrass, Erhard, Goldenrod, Good Thunder, Johnson, Kiester, Makinem, Moorhead, Remer, Sexton, Underwood, Whipholt

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 Mississippi

Town names: Biggersville, Buckatunna, Hushpuckena, Leakesville, Purvis, Saukum, Shivers, Splunge, Sweatman, Woodville

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Missouri

Town names: Conception, Conception Junction, Cooter, Corning, Fidelity, Ginger Blue, Knob Noster, Licking, Loose Creek, Number Eight, Pilot Knob, Tightwad, Wide Ford, Wien, Wood

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Montana

Town names: Big Sag, Comertown

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Nebraska

Town names: Beaver City, Colon, Comstock, Dix, Lodgepole, Ough, Purple Cane, Valentine

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Nevada

Town names: Coyote Hole, Jackpot, Lovelock, Pahrump, Parker Strip, Sugar Bunker

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 New Hampshire

Town names: Effingham, Merrimack

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New Jersey

Town names: Antrim, Bay Head, Buttzville, Manahawkin, Nutley, Ramtown, Ringwood, Spotswood, Succasunna, Tuckahoe

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New Mexico

Town names: Bluit, Crown Point, Faywood, Loving, Lovington, Pie Town, Truth or Consequences

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New York 

Town names: Atwood, Ausable Chasm, Baiting Hollow, Ballston, Butternuts, Climax, Conewango, Conquest, Corning, Croton-On-Hudson, Cumminsville, Coxsackie, Feura Bush, Fort Johnson, Glen Head, Johnson, Johnson City, Kringsbush, Mannsville, Porcaville, Pound Ridge, Rathbone, Rockwood, Rodman, Sugarbush

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North Carolina

Town names:  Aho, Blowing Rock, Butters, Climax, Coinjock, Engelhard, Forbush, Hobucken, Hookerton, Lizard Lick, Love Valley, Low Gap, Mann’s Harbor, Nags Head, Pee Dee, Rhodiss, Roughhedge, Stumpy Point

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North Dakota

Town names: Cummings, Spiritwood

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 Ohio

Town names: Ballville, Corning, Dry Run, Kunkle, Knockemstiff (ghost town), Laings, Licking View, Long Bottom, Mack, Pee Pee Township, Plumwood, Seaman, Shadyside, Spunky Puddle (ghost town), Trotwood

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 Oklahoma 

Town names: Beaver, Bowlegs, Bushyhead, Dripping Springs, Greasy, Hooker, Jumbo, Loving, Olustee, Pump Back

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 Oregon

Town names: Ballston, Beaverton, Bridal Veil, Butteville, Climax, Drain, Wankers Corner, Woodburn

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Pennsylvania 

Town names:  Big BeaverBlue Ball, Black Lick, Coplay, Hopwood, Hop Bottom, Intercourse, Lickdale, New Beaver, Rough and Ready, Virginville, Youngwood

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Rhode Island

Town names:  Cranston, Woonsocket

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South Carolina

Town names: Fingerville, Ninety Six, Sugar Tit, Thicketty

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South Dakota

Town names: Beaver Crossing, Black Pipe, Bonesteel, Castlewood, Hooker, Rumpus Ridge, Swett

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Tennessee

Town names:  Ballplay, Big Barren Creek, Bumpus Mills, Finger, Flippin, Guys, Lick Skillet, Nutbush, Rockwood, Shackle Island, Sweet Lips, Wartburg

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Texas

Town names: Bangs, Bleakwood, Camp Wood, Cumby, Cumings, Comstock, Dickens, Ding Dong, Friendswood, Glaze City, Greatwood, Jean-Loving, Kinkler, Latex, Leakey, Lovelady, Rockwood, Snook, Spearman, Tool

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Utah

Town names: Beaver, Beaver Dam, Honeyville, Koosharem, Nibley, Shivwits, Teasdale, Virgin, Whipup, Wildwood

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Vermont 

Town names: Antrim, Cozy Corner, Essex, Hancock, Shaftsbury, Woodford

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Virginia

Town names: Allison Gap, Assawoman, Bloxom, Brightwood, Bumpass, Fancy Gap, Onancock, Pound, Short Pump, Tuckahoe

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Washington

Town names: Babcock, Bangor, Baring, Big Bottom, Chimacum, Chuckanut, Chumstick, Humptulips, Kooskooskie, Packwood

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West Virginia

Town names: Bald Knob, Beech Bottom, Big Chimney, Big Sandy, Brohard, Cloverlick, Concepcion, Cougar, Cougar Valley, Cucumber, Droop, Floe, Johnson Crossroads, Knobs, Lick Creek, Longpole, Mercers Bottom, Nutterville, Organ Cave, Pickle Street, Pinch, Pipestern, Rimel, Romance, Sandlick, Stony Bottom, Wood

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Wisconsin

Town names: Breed, Cheat Lake, Dickeyville, Clam Falls, Imalone, Longwood, Sextonville, Spooner, Spread Eagle, Tainter

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Wyoming 

Town names:  Goshen Hole, Hoback, McNutt, Meeteetse, Miner’s Delight, Ten Sleep, Teton Village (Teton means “Breast” in French)

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Four years later, the citizens of Austin, Texas, voted to name their solid waste department the Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts — after Limp Bizkit's frontman.

And how could we ever forget poor Boaty McBoatface.

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Now, there's a new kid in town. Meet the British city of Oldham's brand new yellow gritter, a winter service vehicle. The city council asked its Twitter followers to help come up with a name for the truck.

Which, since history repeats itself, seemed to be a mistake. Some of the highlights — Gritney Spears, Brad Grit, Gritt Romney and, our personal favorite, Grit Happens.

Unfortunately, the gritter-naming competition is only open to kids who live in Oldham or who attend the town's primary school, so most of these punny suggestions won't count.

But hey, at least they weren't as bad as Mountain Dew's "Dub the Dew" contest. For the record, "Hitler Did Nothing Wrong" is a terrible name for a soda.

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