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.

June 15, 2009 12:00 AM
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Kooky hybrids: Labradoodles, the Ford Escape, tomaccoes, skorts.

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Weekend-warrior wardrobe: Hanes V-necks, Levi's, Converse One Stars, Burt's Bees lip balm, Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
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Black-eyed Susans, California redwoods, saguaro cacti.
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The fact that 64% of us have deep-fried a turkey or know someone who has.
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Office Oscar pools.

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Annie Hall
Steve Granitz
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Shia LaBeouf
Mackenzie Stroh
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Ladies' book clubs — where we consume more Pinot than pages.
Amy Sussman
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Self-effacing, Jimmy Stewart-style airline captains who land planes on the Hudson River.
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The Boston Marathon — 26.2 grueling miles followed by 26 pints of Sam Adams.
Albert L. Ortega
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The Lazy Meadow Motel's tricked-out airstreams in the Catskills, owned by Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Tin roof, not rusted!
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Superfan merch: terrible towels, cheeseheads, foam fingers.
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Dance legend Judith Jameson.
Copyright Girl Scouts of The USA
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Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs

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Dumb blogs that spawn fat book deals (LOL Cats, Stuff White People Like, This Is Why You're Fat).
Courtesy of GetSnuggie.com
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The Snuggie/Slanket smackdown.
Jean Baptiste Lacroix
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Our national hot messes, from Judy Garland and Joan Crawford to Brit and LiLo.

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A grandma in the White House.
Denise Truscello
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Drive-through everything (Dunkin' Donuts, liquor stores, wedding chapels).
James Devaney
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Chronicles of the rich, from The House of Mirth to Gossip Girl.
Kevin Mazur
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Politically active Jersey boys Bon Jovi and The Boss.

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Blueberries (brain food — who knew?!)
Ron Galella
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Great pants-wearing dames Katharine Hepburn, Slim Keith, Lauren Bacall.
Charlotte Lewis Jenks
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Wet n Wild — 22 shades of nailpolish, all 99 cents a pop.

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The Bell Jar

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

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Gmail video chat, for instant feedback on those harem pants (return them!).
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The wildly imaginative Julie Taymor.
Jon Furniss
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Over 1100 iPhone apps and counting (though we'd be content with just Tetris and Urbanspoon).
Jemal Countess
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Joan Didion

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Calling BS on the Bradley effect on November 4.
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Ponytails through baseball caps.
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The original neo-R&B badass, Mary J. Blige.

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Puppy cam Zen.

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Facebook activism (click here to stop global warming).
Eric Draper/White House
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That the two most powerful Republicans in the Senate are stem-cell-supporting greenie females from Maine (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe).
James Devaney
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Lourdes, Malia, Sasha, Suri.
Paul Morigi
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Miranda July — whose performance art we actually like!

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Cole Haan heels with Nike Air Shox.
Courtesy AMC Channel
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Pointy bras on Mad Men

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

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Spanx
Ron Galella
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Billy Wilder, the original rom-com director.
Courtesy of The Biggest Loser
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Barry Brecheisen
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American Top 40
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Patti Smith
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Affordable designer duds: Vera Wang for Kohl's, Ashley Paige for Target, Charlotte Ronson for JCPenney.

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Gertrude Stein

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

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