Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 04/23/2015


Photo taken on March 13, 2015


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Zzyzx

Zzyzx
The turnoff to Zzyzx.

Since I didn't drive the 5 miles down to Zzyzx to take some better pictures, I guess I'll have to postpone telling you its strange story and just relate the history of the sign.

The name was purposely created to be the last name in the index of U.S. Post Offices ( turns out, the US Board of Geographic Names, too.) After all, every settlement needs some small claim to fame.

And, considering how many eager philatelists were collecting postmarks back in the day, this wasn't so dumb. Whether or not anyone else was around, the Zzyzx post office would always be receiving a bag of letters.

Hollywood discovered the Zzyzx road sign in 2005. (This seems a little late, since it's on the main drag to Las Vegas.) In 2006 not one but two very bad movies came out: Zzyzx, and Zzyzx Road. The latter achieved a certain fame: the lowest grossing movie in U.S.history. It cleared a total of 30 dollars.

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7 comments - The latest ones
Clint
Clint
I've never heard of those movies. This shouldn't surprise me.

I've driven past this sign twice, in 2007 and 2013. Both times, somebody had parked in front of it and was in the process of taking a picture of a loved one posing beneath it.
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Well, a Road movie without Crosby and Hope ....!
2 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Great story, Laurie. $30!!!!!!!!! Perhaps one could go to Zzyzx to watch for an astronomical event called Syzygy.
2 years ago.
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
Great story; surprised it grossed $30 ... {:o)
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Fame and No Fortune !!
2 years ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
I find it confusing. $30.00 is evidently what we all know as net, left over after all the bills are paid.
But Hollywood seems to use the words differently: in the list I found, they use "to gross" as profit, and the list shows only that. Zzyzx Road was at the bottom of that list. Movies that lost money were not on it.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
I always figured that someone returning from a bender in Vegas would see the Zzyzx sign, and swear off booze figuring it must be a hallucination--
2 years ago.