Boring, Ore., or Brilliant, Ohio, might not ring a bell. But chances are you know of a charming seaside town called Sandwich.
According to this month's Reader's Digest, the Cape Cod town is unique enough -- along with Boring and Brilliant -- to earn a spot among America's 24 funniest town names.
Among others on the list (link here) : Whynot, Miss.; Loveladies, N.J.; Husband, Pa.; Sweet Lips, Tenn.; Disco, Tenn. (Conspicuously missing from the list: Climax, N.C.)
Taylor D. White, Sandwich's town clerk, said he wasn't surprised to hear the town made the cut.
"I've talked to other people before, and they've said, 'Where are you from again?' It does turn heads," White said by phone today.
The Massachusetts town was incorporated in 1639 and has a population of just under 23,000, White said. It takes name from the English town.
So how is the actual sandwich related? According to lore, in the 1760s, the Earl of Sandwich was so intent on a gambling game that he didn't want to take a break to eat. He requested meat between two slices of bread, and the food staple was born.
The Massachusetts town has embraced its name, White said. In fact, the town is planning its second-ever SandwichFest, to be held July 10. On that day, from noon to 4 p.m., about a dozen restaurants will compete for a very unique title, White said.
"The winners are able to say they have the best sandwich in Sandwich," he said.
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