Best of America: Readers’ Choice 2010

We asked 1,100 readers to vote for their favorite “only in America” oddities. Here we present the top winners in each category.

By Reader's Digest Editors from Reader's Digest Magazine | June/July 2010
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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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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