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Whatever: Why would you name your town Whynot You can problably guess the answer, “They were gonna get incorporated, so they were sitting’ around trying to figure out what to name it and, and they were arguing and arguing, and someone said, ‘whynot Whynot?’”Sure, Go For It: Whynot, Mississippi: Why would you name your town Whynot? The answer’s kind of self-evident, but here’s the explanation I got: “They were gonna get incorporated, so they were sitting around trying to figure out what to name it and, and they were arguing and arguing, and someone said, ‘whynot Whynot?'”

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