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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, October 20, 2005

We're Stunned! Most Fun U.S. City Is...

It's not New York, New Orleans, or even Las Vegas. The city where you'll have the most fun is...Minneapolis.

Hooray for us!

That's the word from game maker Cranium, Inc., which commissioned Bert Sperling, who masterminded the "Best Places to Live" feature for Money magazine, to rank 50 cities for their fun factor. This was determined by the city's number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, and the amount of the city's budget that is spent on recreation, among other factors.

And why did Minneapolis beat out cities known for the classic fun factors of sin and sun? According to Cranium, the goal was to find a city that is an "outrageously fun experience with something for everyone." Minneapolis won because it's the home of Mary Tyler Moore, four professional sports teams, and the best mall in America. Minneapolis has more theaters than Boston, more parks than Denver, more golfers per capita than any other city in America, and with 10,000 lakes in the state, Minnesota, has more coastline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. It even has 15 dog parks. Woof! Cranium CEO Richard Tait said, "It's almost a no-brainer" to crown Minneapolis the Most Fun City.

Perhaps even more startling than the fact that Minneapolis is No. 1 is that New Orleans is No. 50. Does that mean a trip to the Mall of America is more fun than Mardi Gras? You decide.

Here are the top 50 fun cities, ranked from top to bottom:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
2. Orange County, California
3. San Jose, California
4. Atlanta, Georgia
5. Chicago, Illinois
6. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
7. Washington, DC
8. Oakland, California
9. Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
10. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington

11. Portland-Vancouver, Oregon-Washington
12. San Francisco, California
13. Baltimore, Maryland
14. Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wisconsin
15. Denver, Colorado
16. Detroit, Michigan
17. St. Louis, Missouri
18. San Diego, California
19. Indianapolis, Indiana
20. Cincinnati, Ohio

21. Columbus, Ohio
22. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23. Sacramento, California
24. Nashville, Tennessee
25. Las Vegas, Nevada
26. Los Angeles-Long Beach, California
27. Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas
28. Nassau-Suffolk, New York
29. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina
30. Omaha, Nebraska

31. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Virginia
32. Houston, Texas
33. Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, Ohio
34. Dallas, Texas
35. Memphis, Tennessee
36. Orlando, Florida
37. Louisville, Kentucky
38. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
39. Riverside-San Bernardino, California
40. Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina

41. New York, New York
42. Boston, Massachusetts
43. Hartford, Connecticut
44. Austin-San Marcos, Texas
45. Newark, Newark
46. Miami, Florida
47. Bergen-Passaic, Newark
48. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
49. Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona
50. New Orleans, Louisiana


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