50 Reasons We Love America

Our definitive list of the homegrown innovations, trends, people, and places that has us hoisting our Coors Lights (brewed here!) to toast the good ol' Stars and Stripes.

50 Reasons We Love America

Kooky hybrids: Labradoodles, the Ford Escape, tomaccoes, skorts.
S. Montrose

50 Reasons We Love America

Weekend-warrior wardrobe: Hanes V-necks, Levi's, Converse One Stars, Burt's Bees lip balm, Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
Ray-Ban

50 Reasons We Love America

Black-eyed Susans, California redwoods, saguaro cacti.
Getty Images

50 Reasons We Love America

The fact that 64% of us have deep-fried a turkey or know someone who has.
WeAre Adventurers

50 Reasons We Love America

Office Oscar pools.
Barry Brecheisen

50 Reasons We Love America

Annie Hall

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Shia LaBeouf
Steve Granitz

50 Reasons We Love America

Ladies' book clubs — where we consume more Pinot than pages.
Mackenzie Stroh

50 Reasons We Love America

Self-effacing, Jimmy Stewart-style airline captains who land planes on the Hudson River.
Amy Sussman

50 Reasons We Love America

The Boston Marathon — 26.2 grueling miles followed by 26 pints of Sam Adams.
Getty Images

50 Reasons We Love America

The Lazy Meadow Motel's tricked-out airstreams in the Catskills, owned by Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Tin roof, not rusted!
Albert L. Ortega

50 Reasons We Love America

Superfan merch: terrible towels, cheeseheads, foam fingers.
M. Davey/AFP

50 Reasons We Love America

Dance legend Judith Jameson.
Hulton Archive

50 Reasons We Love America

Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs
Copyright Girl Scouts of The USA

50 Reasons We Love America

Dumb blogs that spawn fat book deals (LOL Cats, Stuff White People Like, This Is Why You're Fat).

50 Reasons We Love America

The Snuggie/Slanket smackdown.
Courtesy of GetSnuggie.com

50 Reasons We Love America

Our national hot messes, from Judy Garland and Joan Crawford to Brit and LiLo.
Jean Baptiste Lacroix

50 Reasons We Love America

A grandma in the White House.
Saul Loeb

50 Reasons We Love America

Drive-through everything (Dunkin' Donuts, liquor stores, wedding chapels).
Denise Truscello

50 Reasons We Love America

Chronicles of the rich, from The House of Mirth to Gossip Girl.
James Devaney

50 Reasons We Love America

Politically active Jersey boys Bon Jovi and The Boss.
Kevin Mazur

50 Reasons We Love America

Blueberries (brain food — who knew?!)
K. Moran

50 Reasons We Love America

Great pants-wearing dames Katharine Hepburn, Slim Keith, Lauren Bacall.
Ron Galella

50 Reasons We Love America

Wet n Wild — 22 shades of nailpolish, all 99 cents a pop.
Charlotte Lewis Jenks

50 Reasons We Love America

The Bell Jar

50 Reasons We Love America

Comebacks, à la Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Robert Downey Jr., Lil' Kim, Mickey Rourke, shoulder pads, neon...
Dan Lecca

50 Reasons We Love America

Gmail video chat, for instant feedback on those harem pants (return them!).

50 Reasons We Love America

The wildly imaginative Julie Taymor.
J. Wasser/Time Life Pictures

50 Reasons We Love America

Over 1100 iPhone apps and counting (though we'd be content with just Tetris and Urbanspoon).
Jon Furniss

50 Reasons We Love America

Joan Didion
Jemal Countess

50 Reasons We Love America

Calling BS on the Bradley effect on November 4.
Mark Evans

50 Reasons We Love America

Ponytails through baseball caps.
Medioimages/Photodisc

50 Reasons We Love America

The original neo-R&B badass, Mary J. Blige.
Kevin Mazur

50 Reasons We Love America

Puppy cam Zen.

50 Reasons We Love America

Facebook activism (click here to stop global warming).

50 Reasons We Love America

That the two most powerful Republicans in the Senate are stem-cell-supporting greenie females from Maine (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe).
Eric Draper/White House

50 Reasons We Love America

Lourdes, Malia, Sasha, Suri.
James Devaney

50 Reasons We Love America

Miranda July — whose performance art we actually like!
Paul Morigi

50 Reasons We Love America

Cole Haan heels with Nike Air Shox.

50 Reasons We Love America

Pointy bras on Mad Men
Courtesy AMC Channel

50 Reasons We Love America

"Beach read" as genre (Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult, Curtis Sittenfeld...).
Anne Menke

50 Reasons We Love America

Spanx
Joe Kohen

50 Reasons We Love America

Billy Wilder, the original rom-com director.
Ron Galella

50 Reasons We Love America

The Biggest Loser
Courtesy of The Biggest Loser

50 Reasons We Love America

American Top 40
Barry Brecheisen

50 Reasons We Love America

Patti Smith
Chris Walter

50 Reasons We Love America

Affordable designer duds: Vera Wang for Kohl's, Ashley Paige for Target, Charlotte Ronson for JCPenney.
Jordan Strauss

50 Reasons We Love America

Gertrude Stein

50 Reasons We Love America

Ginger vs. Mary Ann, Veronica vs. Betty, Mary vs. Rhoda.
Bobby Bank

50 Reasons We Love America

The fact that a person who is half-Muslim, half-Jewish, 1/16 Cherokee, part German, and a quarter Kenyan can be 100% American.
Neil Kirk
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