Acknowledged by some as the unofficial southern boundary of intelligent civilization in the state of Illinois. . .any farther south, better break out the banjo and raise the confederate flag.
The word "effingham" is commonly misconstrued as some permutation of a curse word by individuals unfamiliar with the city's meager existence.
Interesting factoid: Effigham High School's mascot. . ."The Flaming Hearts"
"What? Are you serious. . .is that really the name of the town?"
". . .*sigh*. . .yes."