I grew up in Bristol, home of ESPN and ... well, that\u2019s about it. Still, anyone I mention it to says the same thing: \u201cBristol, eh? I drove through there once.\u201d Everyone passes through, no one stops. But at least they\u2019ve heard of it. Anytime I meet someone from Connecticut, they\u2019re from some town I\u2019ve never heard of, such as Pumpkin Corners or Old New East-West. We\u2019re not that big a state \u2014 there\u2019s only two smaller \u2014 so we should be able to keep track of all our towns. There\u2019s 169 of them, and they fall into five basic categories. First, about half of Connecticut towns sound like the names of English butlers: Simsbury, Milford, Sterling and the beloved family valet, Old Saybrook. You could fill six seasons of \u201cDownton Abbey\u201d with servants such as Wilton, Weston, Wolcott and Wallingford. And those are just the W\u2019s! At the other end of the spectrum are the casual Connecticut towns, the ones that go by their first names: Milton, Morris, Sherman, Vernon, Seymour, Warren and Sharon. This reminds me of every college party I ever went to \u2014 six guys and one woman. Then there are the cities named for foreign places with which they have absolutely nothing in common: Lebanon, Berlin, Lisbon and, God help me, Bethlehem. There\u2019s even a Brooklyn \u2014 one with just 8,000 people. There\u2019s a pair of Connecticut towns that frankly scare me: Killingly and Killingworth. What the heck did they do to earn these names? Rounding out the list are the cities seemingly named using random Scrabble tiles: Bozrah and Pomfret. Connecticut is a funny place, and I mean that in the literal sense. We\u2019ve produced more writers for \u201cThe Simpsons\u201d than any other state. Currently, it\u2019s roughly a third of \u201cThe Simpsons\u201d staff. When I ask people why they think that is, they all have the same answer: \u201cWho cares?\u201d Well, I care, deeply. And you know who else does? Seth MacFarlane, creator of \u201cFamily Guy.\u201d When we met, one of the first things he told me was, \u201cI\u2019m from Kent, Connecticut.\u201d \u201cNever heard of it,\u201d I admitted. \u201cAnd I\u2019m from Bristol.\u201d \u201cBristol, eh?\u201d Seth replied. \u201cI drove through there once.\u201d Mike Reiss is the author of \u201cSpringfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.\u201d This essay has been updated to correct the name of Killington to Killingworth.