Best of America: Readers’ Choice 2010

View as Slideshow

© Comstock Images/Comstock/Thinkstock

Best Street Name

Winner: Ez Street--Westbrook, Connecticut

Second: Lois Lane Bowling Green, Kentucky

Third: Bad Dog Alley--Waldorf, Maryland

Fourth: Bucket of Blood Street--Holbrook, Arizona

Fifth: Tapeworm Road--New Oxford, Pennsylvania

The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc./GID

Best President with a Little-Known Talent
Winner: Jimmy Carter, who could read 2,000 words per minute

Second: James A. Garfield, who could write with both hands at once

Third: Gerald Ford, once worked as a fashion model

Fourth: Dwight D. Eisenhower, who played baseball after graduating from high school

Fifth: Chester A. Arthur, who played the banjo

Courtesy Geoff Ladd/Abraham Lincoln Tourism of Logan County

Best Roadside Attraction
Winner: The 40-foot-long covered wagon in Lincoln, Illinois

Second: The 12-foot-high ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas

Third: The 46-foot-long steel and stucco buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota

Fourth: (tie) The 15-foot-tall fiberglass strawberry in Strawberry Point, Iowa

Fourth: (tie) The 19-foot-tall talking cow in Neillsville, Wisconsin

Courtesy <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

Best U.S. Patent
Winner: Alarm Fork--Times you between bites so you don’t eat too fast

Second: Putt ’n Reel--Lets you putt, then use the fishing-line feature to reel in your golf ball

Third: Beerbrella--Keeps the sun off your beer

Fourth: (tie) Birthday Cake Candle Extinguisher--So you don’t have to blow them out yourself

Fourth: (tie) Wearable Dog House--Carry your pet with you, hands-free

Content continues below ad

© Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Thinkstock

Best Weirdly Popular Baby Girl Names
Winner: Sadie

Second: (tie) Astrid

Second: (tie) Harper

Third: Flannery

Fourth: Ursula

Best Weirdly Popular Baby Boy Names
Winner: Zane

Second: Quincy

Third: Silas

Fourth: Jasper

Fifth: Calvin

© Jupiterimages/Creatas/Thinkstock

Best Offbeat Holiday
Winner: National Goof-off Day--March 22

Second: Ask a Stupid Question Day--September 28

Third: National Nothing Day--Jan. 16

Fourth: No Socks Day--May 8

Fifth: My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It Day--May 30

Courtesy the State of Utah

Best License Plate Slogan
Winner: Utah: Life Elevated

Second: Idaho: Potatoes

Third: New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

Fourth: Alabama: Sweet Home

Fifth: South Dakota: Great Faces, Great Places

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.