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11 Odd and Weird Town and City Names in USA

Accident, Why, Eighty-Eight, Ii, Ding Dong, Dinosaur and Hell. If you think the writer is not in senses you are wrong. Actually these are the names of towns and cities around the world which we gathered in our older posts i.e weird town names in America and Weird Town Names in England.

In this post, once again we have compiled a list of 11 odd and weird names of towns and cities in United States.

 

1- Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania

Bird in Hand Pennsylvania

Image credit: Flickr dougtone

2- Pine Apple, Alabama

Pine Apple Alabama

Image credit: Flickr Jimmywayne

3- Needles, California

Needles California

Image credit: Flickr Ken Lund

4- Hot Coffee, Mississippi

Hot Coffee Mississippi

Image credit: Flickr jimmywayne

5- Spread Eagle, Wisconsin

Spread Eagle wisconsin

Image credit: Flickr jimmywayne

6- Lower Peach Tree, Alabama

Lower Peach Tree Alabama

Image credit: Flickr Jimmywayne

7- Rugby, North Dakota

Rugby North Dakota

Image credit: Flickr Jimmywayne

8- White Woman Creek, Kansas

White Woman Creek

Image credit: Flickr Jimmywayne

9- Mona, Iowa

Mona Iowa

Image credit: Flickr jimmywayne

10- Little America, Wyoming

Little America Wyoming

Image credit: Flickr jimmywayne

11- Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine Nebraska

Image credit: Flickr jimmywayne

There are many other cities and towns round the world with weird names but we couldn’t find any image for them. If you know or live in any of the cities or towns with odd names, do share their names and images with us and will put them in another post.

   

Southern gastric-brooding, the frog that gives birth through mouth

The Southern gastric-brooding frog is known to few as the Platypus frog, however, many of us know it as the `frog that gives birth through mouth’.

Southern gastric-broodingIt is a fact that following external fertilization by the male, the female would swallow the fertilized eggs.  It was never observed and hence not clear whether the eggs were laid on the land or in the water. While inside the female, the young ones developed into tadpoles and subsequently into froglets after which they were expelled into the mouth and then crawled out from the protective world to the real world.  During this entire period (ranging between 6 to 7 weeks) when the female held the fertilized eggs inside her stomach till the froglets were expelled, the female would not eat anything and her digestive process would automatically shut down.  The only source of respiration for the female would then be the gas exchange through her skin.

The Southern gastric-brooding frog was a native of Australia and was first discovered in 1972 (reported in 1973) in pristine rainforest in the ranges in south east Queensland, where it occupied a small range of less than 1,400km2.  They were neither strictly nocturnal nor diurnal and although good swimmers, they were not very active and stayed still (floating or drifting) for hours in the water. Small insects from both land and water were the main feed for these frogs whereby the prey was caught with the tongue and forelimbs were then used to manoeuvre the prey into the mouth. While the soft-bodies insects were eaten at the water surface, the harder ones were consumed underwater.

In addition to the unique style of reproduction, another interesting fact associated with the Southern gastric-brooding frog was that the females were larger than the males.

The last of the species was seen in 1981, while a captive specimen in a laboratory died in 1983.   Now believed to be extinct, the cause/s of the gastric-brooding frog’s extinction is however not clearly understood, although many attribute the extinction to degradation, pollution, loss of habitat loss and some fungal infection.  In fact, it is now established that the southern gastric brooding frog was one of the first of a series of amphibian extinctions that occurred within Queensland around the late 1970s until the early 1990s.

The only other gastric-brooding frog was the Northern gastric-brooding frog, which too is considered extinct.