Study: Lincoln is the second-strangest city

2009-11-18T11:10:00Z Study: Lincoln is the second-strangest cityBy MICAH MERTES / Lincoln Journal Star
November 18, 2009 11:10 am  • 

Lincoln is one of the strangest cities in the U.S., a new report says.

The report from Tableseed ranked cities by analyzing 2,000 Associated Press "strange news" stories released over the past year, counting the number of stories in each city and state and adjusting for population.

One of the biggest sources of weird news was ours truly.

Lincoln is the country's second strangest city, based on this criterion, bested (weirded?) only by New York City.

The report also ranked the top 10 strangest states. Not entirely surprising, Florida came out on top.

"I'd been reading the strange news stories from last year coming through the AP feed," said Aaron Quinn, owner of Tableseed, a service that runs birthday e-mail clubs for restaurants. "And I noticed that certain cities kept popping up more than others. I was interested to see if there were any common cities, and it turned out there were a few. I figured making this list would be better than doing a boring press release."

Some of the strange news AP headlines that came from Lincoln:

-- "Neb. woman accused of throwing dog at officer"

-- "Neb. man gets 295 days in jail in bleach assault"

-- "Neb. man sentenced for firing crossbow at neighbor"

-- "Driver sentenced for throwing axe at motorist"

-- "Police: Nude man who was hot lied about robbery"

Where’s the infamous cat bong headline, you ask? Quinn said he remembered that story but didn’t realize it had happened in Lincoln.

The top 20 strangest cities and top 10 strangest states:

1. New York City

2. Lincoln

3. Madison, Wis.

4. Philadelphia

5. Chicago

6. Cincinnati, Ohio

7. Boston

8. Detroit

9. Dallas

10. Pittsburgh

11. Columbus, Ohio

12. Salt Lake City, Utah

13. Des Moines, Iowa

14. Portland, Ore.

15. San Antonio

16. Cleveland, Ohio

17. Sheboygan, Wis.

18. Fairbanks, Alaska

19. Denver

20. Tampa, Fla.

Strangest states:

1. Florida

2. New Hampshire

3. Alaska

4. Wyoming

5. Maine

6. Wisconsin

7. Vermont

8. Pennsylvania

9. North Dakota

10. Ohio

See the full rankings at

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