100 Great Things About America


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100 Great Things About America

It's time for a breather, America. Fire up the grill, ice down the drinks, and pop open that patio umbrella. Health care, the oil spill, Afghanistan, China, Elena Kagan and financial reform will all be waiting on Tuesday, July 6th. We promise. What won't be, though, is the chance to lean back and remember why we care enough about our country to spar over these things and in the end, remain united.

"Freedom," Albert Camus pointed out, "is nothing else but a chance to be better." For 234 years, America has strived, fought, invented, pushed, pulled and dragged itself towards the better. Fortune was keen to enumerate our progress.

There's no claim to ranking or exclusivity here, so leave the nitpicking aside for another day, though feel free to add to our list in the comments section. Without further ado, and in almost no particular order, we present the Fortune 100 Great Things About America.

1. The Internet
Oh yes, invented in the USA -- maybe Al Gore helped.

2. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

3. Baseball
America's pastime…steroids or not

4. Mount Rushmore
Home of the original "your face here" gimmick

5. Food in New Orleans

If you can remember it the next morning

6. Rock and roll

Find a Beatles or Stones song uninfluenced by American music. Just try.

7. Hawaii

Mauna Kea, Kaua'i…you gotta see it to believe it.

8. iPod, iPad, and everything Apple

9. Barbecue

Carolina, Mississippi, K.C., Memphis…it's all good.

10. Ford Mustang

Who needs a German car? We'll take the classic.

11. Wikipedia

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12. Buffalo
Because this is a real sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Don't believe us? Check on #11.

13. Slam dunks
Thanks to Doctor J

14. Broadway

If the Lion King ever closes, Cats will come back.

15. Bluebirds

Listen to mine sing
16. Google
Because no one stands up to China better

17. Mark Twain
The original American bad-***

18. The national anthem

19. Iced drinks

When will the rest of the world figure this out?
20. Beaches

Cape Cod, Kiawah, Zuma -- ours are better.

21. Madison Square Garden

A little threadbare but still the biggest stage in America's biggest city
22. Delivery pizza

23. The Grateful Dead

Long may the followers of Uncle John's Band live on.

24. YouTube

We keep clicking on home videos even after Charlie bit our finger -- again!


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Internet? Yes I know all about the messages sent between cold war bunkers had a part in it but that's a British invention if ya talking about the world wide web, thanks to Englishman "Sir Tim Berners-Lee".

Lol BASEBALL? that's just rounders which is considered a girls sport here..lol

Barbeques... Romans and greeks 2000+ years ago invented that.. lol hell primorial man probably did it too since they didn't have gas/electric cookers..lol although the Ozzies would be the barby kings if anyone.

Beaches... I dunno there's some awesome ones in europe and asia that put baywatch yankie ones to shame.

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