These Texas towns have some of the oddest names you've probably ever heard, and the first thing you are probably wondering is, "How did they come up with THAT?"

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Some are funny, while others just leave you scratching your head in confusion. Once you get the history, it's a little easier to understand how a certain name stuck, but not always.

How Many Towns Are in Texas?

There are a total of 1,470 towns and cities in the state of Texas, according to While most of them are fairly normal, there are a few that stand out as rather strange.

History of Ding Dong, Texas

The town of Ding Dong was founded in the 1930s by Bert and Zulis Bell, owners of a country store between the cities of Killeen and Florence. As a joke, two bells were painted on a sign for the store with their names and the words 'Ding Dong' below them. The name on the funny sign stuck, and the unincorporated area became known as Ding Dong. Around 20 people live in the community about eight miles south of Killeen.

Kermit, Texas Was NOT Named After the Muppet

The town of Kermit, Texas was formed in 1910 and was named after Kermit Roosevelt, the father of Theodore Roosevelt. says the community makes the most of its quirky name. Even though the moniker came from the father of a former president, there is a Kermit the Frog water tower and Kermit the Frog Boulevard.

6 Bizarre Town Names in Texas and the Stories Behind Them

There's no shortage of bizarre town names in Texas. Ding Dong, Kermit, Oatmeal, Reklaw, Pflugerville, and Zephyr: that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the oddest town monikers.

Have you ever wondered how on earth these names got on a city sign? Keep scrolling to see the history behind some of the weirdest town names in Texas.

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Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

Hook ‘Em! 7 Celebrity Graduates From University of Texas at Austin

When you think of the University of Texas at Austin, what comes to your mind first? Is it celebrities? Of course, some celebrities are more vocal than others about their alma mater. Matthew McConaughey lets everyone know where he came from, so no surprises there. The actor is also a Professor of Practice at the university's Moody College of Communication, and graduated in 1993 with a Radio/TV/Film degree from UTA.

Aside from McConaughey, you might be surprised at some of the famous people who picked up a degree in the Lone Star State's capital city.

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