WARNING: The following post was derived after a cursory glance at Wikipedia. What this means is that I may have exaggerated some things, may have gotten some things wrong, and may have twisted other things for comedic effect. Because "Wikipedia" and because "cursory." But, seriously, who uses the A-Z Challenge as a study guide?
|"Whaddya mean MAY!!??"|
|This is the actual picture I sent to him,|
proving I wasn't just yanking his chain.
Ooh, there's an unfortunate term.
One of my friends/followers (not necessarily the same thing) mildly scolded (very mildly) me, stating that I was inaccurate. The town in Pennsylvania to which I alluded was actually "Blue Bell."
I responded with "au contraire" (because, frankly, isn't using French tres classy and shit?). While there is a Blue Bell (near Philadelphia), there is also a Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, as well (in fact, there's two, but I'll get to that in a second). I explained that the reason I know this is that I have been making fun of the name since elementary school (and that is a long time ago).
|"Ja, we were the shit."|
|Those madcap Amish |
took all the fun names.
In 1833, Earl Town became officially known as Blue Ball. This was apparently because Earl stopped paying the mortgage and was way before the advent of the term "blue balls."
Interestingly, Wikipedia devoted an entire paragraph to the scatological connotation of the name, saying that it is associated with "testicular constriction brought on by frustrated sexual tension."
|"TESTICULAR CONSTRICTION!!?? |
GREAT GOOGLI MOOGLI!!!!"
Well, that explains my adolescence.
Since I promised, there's another "Blue Ball" and is the nickname for West Decatur, Pennsylvania. A small town (which is pretty much everywhere in central PA) in Clearfield County, it's named after blue deposits of clay which can be found in the local area.
|New York, Chicago, Detroit, West Decatur. |
Yep, they're pretty badass.
And the hordes of teenage boys who are running about, grasping their crotch.