America's Strangest People
No. 3 Austin, TX
Long before Austin became famous for its South by Southwest festival, the biggest annual party was (and to some, still is) Eeyore’s Birthday, celebrated in late April by musicians, college students, hipsters, and politicos in Pease Park. Year round, you can see a monument to the Keep Austin Weird mantra at the Cathedral of Junk, a 60-ton structure that a resident built in his yard using old bicycles, cribs, and hubcaps. Austin also scored highly for ice cream: local chain Amy’s serves kooky flavors like bacon jalapeño popper.