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by Allen J. Sheinman | April 08, 2011

If you dig around long enough, you'll find that every city and town in the United States is known for something. Here's a list of our favorites, which you can verify for yourself next time business sends you to the vicinity; send any others you know of to asheinman@mcmag.com for a someday follow-up.

America's Secret City:
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Appalachian Square Dance Capital of the World: Lebanon, Tenn.
Barbed Wire Capital of the World: La Crosse, Kan.
   (but the Birthplace of Barbed Wire is DeKalb, Ill.)
Bird Dog Capital of the World: Waynesboro, Ga.
Birthplace of Kool-Aid: Hastings, Neb.
Boring Capital of the World: Las Cruces, N.M.
Carpet Capital of the World: Dalton, Ga.
Cherry Pit Spitting Capital of the World: Eau Claire, Mich.
Christmas Pickle Capital of the World: Berrien Springs, Mich.
Clogging Capital of the World: Maggie Valley, N.C.
Covered Dish Capital of the World: Windom, Kan.
Cow Chip Capital of the World: Beaver, Okla.
Curtain Rod Capital of the World: Sturgis, Mich.
Earmuff Capital of the World: Farmington, Maine
Fire Hydrant Capital of the World: Albertville, Ala.
Fruitcake Capital of the World: Claxton, Ga.
Home of the One-Armed Dove Hunt: Olney, Texas
Home of the First Hooters: Clearwater, Fla.
Home of the First Parking Meter: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Home of Popeye: Chester, Ill.
Horseradish Capital of the World: Collinsville, Ill.
Hubcap Capital of the World: Pearsonville, Calif.
Indoor Foliage Capital of the World: Apopka, Fla.
Jell-O Capital of the World: Le Roy, N.Y.
Lost Luggage Capital of the World: Scottsboro, Ala.
Manhole Cover Capital of the World: Neenah, Wis.
Melon Capital of the World: Thompson, Ill.
Pretzel City, USA: Freeport, Ill.
Spamtown USA: Austin, Minn.
Swearing Capital of the World: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Toilet Paper Capital of the World: Green Bay, Wis.
The Town Without a Frown: Happy, Texas
The Town Without a Toothache: Hereford, Texas
Turf Grass Capital of the World: Savannah, Ga.

Source: Meetings & Conventions

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