We’re Number Five! We’re Number Five!

At least Chicago’s got something to be proud of:

Here are the top twenty strangest cities according to Tableseed.com’s rankings:

1) New York City, NY
2) Lincoln, NE
3) Madison, WI
4) Philadelphia, PA
5) Chicago, IL
6) Cinncinnati, OH
7) Boston, MA
8) Detroit, MI
9) Dallas, TX
10) Pittsburgh, PA

Seriously, between Rollerblading Rabbit Dude (my ‘hood’s resident strangeoid) and the fact that every time I’ve taken some out-of-towner friend on the L there’s like a kid in a panda costume singing for no reason anyone around him can discern, this city is pretty fucking strange.

I do have to ask, though, since it’s the only place in the top five I’ve never been: What is going on in Lincoln, Nebraska?

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23 thoughts on “We’re Number Five! We’re Number Five!

  1. Jude says:

    We’re number three! We’re number three!
    BOO-YAH, Chi-town!

  2. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Yeah, Madison (aka Mad-city) I can understand. Definitely top-3 material.
    And NYC has enough of everything that they’ve got more weird than everyone else, okay.
    But where’s LA? It’s got Tar Pits! Cucamonga!
    Lincoln? Cincy? Are they kidding? Sheesh! Something is seriously wrong here.

  3. Jude says:

    I think it’s a matter of reference. There’s so much strange in LA that it’s actually normal. So nobody notices.

  4. racymind says:

    I clicked some links and the story sure does beg the question about Lincoln, NE. WTF?

  5. CD says:

    When I lived in Chicago many years ago, there was a guy who rode the Clark street bus with a mop and full pail of water – and he talked to the mop.

  6. Elspeth Ravenwind says:

    Did Dallas make it because of their resident ‘strangeoid’ ol’ Shrubbie?

  7. Palindrome says:

    What’s with Lincoln? Huskers dude, really… Have you ever seen them on a Saturday in the fall?

  8. Adrastos says:

    I can’t take a list seriously that doesn’t list New Orleans among the 10 strangest cities in the world let alone the country.

  9. FeralLiberal says:

    Kudos to the People’s Republic of Madison!

  10. Brooklyn Girl says:

    We’re Number One! We’re Number One!
    But I agree with racymind and Adrastos … Lincoln, NE? And no NOLA?

  11. Maitri says:

    Madison’s NUMBER THREE, baby! New Orleans didn’t rate?

  12. darrelplant says:

    The “KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!” people are going to be plenty upset.

  13. Mr Badcrumble says:

    San Francisco!??!?! Helloooo???

  14. ...now I try to be amused says:

    The “KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!” people are going to be plenty upset.
    Same for Austin.

  15. Interrobang says:

    I was gonna say, where’s Portland, OR on that list? Any city that contains my friend Rustin immediately vaults to the head of the weirdness list.

  16. Elspeth Ravenwind says:

    Well, for New Orleans ‘weird’ is perfectly normal for Nola. Therefore, it doesn’t stand out. Afterall, the day before Halloween, I was all zombie’d up, rode the streetcar from Lisa’s street w/mostly locals to a point and the locals just smiled pleasantly and behaved normally. The tourists as they shoved on board gave me odd looks and “why are you dressed like that???”
    Heck, when I entered Buffa’s like that, the bartender recognized me despite the flaking faux flesh and acted like nothing was out of the norm and got my usual going. I love that city!!! 🙂

  17. missy says:

    How can Portland (OR) not have made the top 10?

  18. pansypoo says:

    i have been to lincoln. EVEN the Lincoln symphony. say what? even the aksarben, weird?

  19. pansypoo says:

    whoo hoo. sheboygan! wisconsin #6! weird state!

  20. Adrastos says:

    Salt Lake City? Dallas? Sheesh, gimme a break.

  21. mellowjohn says:

    i’ve lived in or around chicago most of my life. about 10 years ago, i used to see a guy jogging on the lakefront bike path in full samuri armor – including swords.

  22. less Isbetter says:

    Obviously whoever did this ranking has never been in Salt Lake City. I have been in all but three of the cities in the US that had over 100,000 population in 2004, but there is nothing that will ever out weird Salt Lake City. I’d rather be in a cemetery at night in New Orleans next to Marie Laveau’s tomb than ever visit that ghoul hole again.

  23. pansypoo says:

    indeed, same huh for milwaukee the sexiest? have they seen our waists?

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