Best of America

Best of America: Readers’ Choice 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

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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

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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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