Monday, July 02

The 50 Greatest American Weirdos, Part 1

by Jason Toon


"When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."
- George Carlin

Who says patriotism has to be dull? America's true greatness is a lot more interesting than red-white-and-blue bunting, tricorn hats, and golf on the moon. Our country was founded as a haven for the oddballs of the Earth - what is freedom if not the freedom to be bizarre? While the U.S.A. may not be the economic powerhouse it once was, we still lead the world in CDP (Crazy Domestic Product). Every day during Keep America Weird Week, we'll salute the nutjobs who've made this the freakiest nation on the globe as we count down the 50 Greatest American Weirdos. Today, meet numbers 50 through 41…


#50. Pete Parisi: My 13-year-old mind was blown by late-night encounters with a public-access headtrip called World Wide Magazine. A slouchy cab driver with a video camera, a mocking sense of humor, and dozens of bizarre friends, Parisi wallowed in the seedy, surreal side of St. Louis for 15 years. No corner of the city was too grimy for him to push his camcorder into, no local institution too august for him to make fun of (and be escorted off the premises by security goons who never got the joke). Too bad he missed the YouTube age...

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Keep America Weird

by wootbot

It's Keep America Weird Week on the Woot blog! In honor of the nation's birthday, we're packing the blog with posts about the incredibly strange and uniquely American stuff we love best. We made this little song to kick things off proper!

It's, uh -- well, we're not going to sit here and tell you that in almost two years of weekly video podcasts, we don't have a few regrets.

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