Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hooker, Oklahoma, knows its name is hilarious

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge It's rare to see a hooker's chamber of commerce without paying first.
  • It's rare to see a hooker's chamber of commerce without paying first.

The best thing about Hooker, Oklahoma, besides the name Hooker, Oklahoma, is that the citizens seem as proud as can be about hailing from the town named for the world's oldest profession.

When it comes to naming businesses, Hookerites take the George-Foreman-Christening-a-kid strategy: only one name will do.

So, here's the Hooker Chamber of Commerce. And then here's so much more, as captured by your Crap Archivist on a trip through Hooker last week.




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This makes sense. I mean, the job demands a certain level of fitness.

Oklahoma is anti-socialist country. Here we see the can-do attitude that will keep the OK elderly afloat when Medicare dies.

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Is this the local newspaper and print shop . . . 

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. . . or a payday loan place run by pimps?

I think this next one used to be a Cirilla's.

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Like many old downtowns, Hooker's main drag is steeped in nostalgia. 

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Here, you can grab a soda and remember the Hooker of the more innocent past, back when it truly meant something to give a tugjob for drug money.

Most Hooker businesses prominently include the town's name in their signage. That's cool. I doubt I would do the same if I ran the bingo hall in Whore, Kansas, or JERKU4CASH, Missouri. 

But one business on Hooker's main drag shies from its heritage:
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All kidding aside, this omission was likely for the best.

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