By adamg on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:37pm McSweeney's compiles a list; the last one is just a bit too ridiculous, though. Neighborhoods: BraintreeTopics: Free tagging: Tweet WidgetFacebook Like Comments He's missing Burchester. He's missing Burchester. All real except for last one Very little creativity here. He picked some obscure but very real locations, then tacked on what ridiculously crafted make believe town at the end to provide the veneer of reliability. Everyone's a critic Let's see you get in McSweeney's, clever boy. Stick to chowhound, Slim. Oh MC Slim, if you would take a moment to remove yourself from Brodeur's derriere and actually read HenryAlan's comment you could see it's not actually a critique. get back to yelp Slim, aka burn'n! Funny! :-) Makes me think of the apocryphal "Latham, MA" which featured in the final episode of "Seinfeld". Mansocket That's not in Massachusetts. Try Rhode Island. They forgot Loocester (under Athol), Waddleborough, and Skidmark. Gay Head is now officially fictional ... with marriage and kids and all. I'm sure UHub wags can add some here ... Edit: Moleicester. LOL! That took me a second ... What, no Newstead Montegrade? What, no Newstead Montegrade? Some more suggestions May take a moment or two to come up: [View the story "But can anything top Athol?" on Storify] Birthplace of Theodor Geisel Greeneggsandham. No Arkham or Innsmouth? No Arkham or Innsmouth? Those places are real. I've been to both. Innsmouth is full of yuppies now and the Esoteric Order of Dagon hall is a Starbucks. Better than Dunwich, though, whose local distinctive landmark is the Wal-Mart. Yuppies?! Are the shelves teeming with Bret Easton Ellis books? Have the streets turned into a townwide BMW dealership? Are restaurants serving Perrier? Do Men Without Hats and Genesis blare from every window? I think Massachusetts is the last place in America using "Yuppie" as a cultural identifier. Or Dunwich. Oh, the horror. Been there It's really Athol. Man, is that place depressing. Yesss... Arkham. A few more Quillston (Town settled by porcupine pelt traders)Weringham (Hamlet settled by the Werings, friends of the Framings)Wickimunk (misheard Indian word by settlers)Keel (near Hull)South Cotswody (no North Cotswody ever existed, said like Peabody...no, the other way)Cleary's Bluff (Western MA...competing legends about Cleary say he was good at gambling and also thrown off a cliff...may both be true) What about the Town of Ripton? The fictitious town that would occasionally be slipped into legislative line items in the 1980s and 1990s to make sure the legislators were paying attention. I guess its town charter was revoked with the advent of the internet. More fictional local town names Arkham Aylesbury Dunwich And don't forget Kingsport I have a friend that lives in I have a friend that lives in Hangover. Well... Weefolk Miltapan Miltapan Wait, thats not a town? Its Wait, thats not a town? Its at least a CDP isnt it? A few more Dana Enfield Greenwich Prescott Were real; now under the Were real; now under the Quabbin reservoir. Looks like Ron newman got Ron Newman'd! Touhgton we have a winna Well, the last one is true, Well, the last one is true, it is a fake MA town. The official name of Braintree is "The Town of Braintree" and Braintree is a city now. Dourcester, pronounced Dourcester, pronounced "Dooster" Dourcester, pronounced Dourcester, pronounced "Dooster" Like Watertown and others The legal description of Braintree is "the city known as the Town of Braintree". (See the title of H.3660: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H03660 ) Watertown is the example I usually use, because "the city known as the Town of Watertown" sounds even sillier due to the double "town".