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Best of America: Readers’ Choice 2010

Best Street Name Winner: Ez Street–Westbrook, Connecticut Second: Lois Lane Bowling Green, Kentucky Third: Bad Dog Alley–Waldorf, Maryland Fourth: Bucket


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

Originally Published in Reader's Digest