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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    • Chuck Botts

      Recently saw Tennis CT. down in Gloucester, VA.
      Still looking for Lonesome RD.