When you see a town like Tightwad, Missouri, you have to wonder how that ever came about.
This small town got its name from an incident in which a store owner cheated a postal worker by charging him an extra fifty cents for a better watermelon. Certainly they are much more hospitable these days, though it appears they all are still pretty tight with their money: none of the families counted in the 2006 census were living below the poverty line. And most of them keep their money in the Tightwad Bank.
Read about twenty other strangely-named places and the stories behind them. Link -via J-Walk Blog