The American Holidays Ranked by a British Guy

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The best part of the best holiday.

While I forever mourn the loss of Bonfire Night (Google it, be prepared for effigy burning), and Burns Night (involves no actual burning) that doesn't mean I haven't gotten on board with American holidays, and also the use of the non-word "gotten." Some of these holidays are better than others, though, especially as I like to imagine I can see through the crap with biting foreign insight, even though I'm almost certainly making a series of adorable mistakes. Here are, once and for all, the completely objective written by a foreigner power rankings of American holidays.

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50 Signs You're Officially a Dallasite

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Stop kidding yourself. You're home now.
Do you often arrive at a fast-casual restaurant and get pissed that they don't have valet? Do you feel cramped in your 3,300-square-foot house? Do you tell friends and relatives that Tex-Mex is better than Mex-Mex? And do you actually sort of believe it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be becoming a Dallasite. Not sure? Here are 50 other signs to check for. If they sound familiar, please consult your realtor.

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Pop Quiz: Is It a Dallas Shopping Center or a Dallas Neighborhood?

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Mockingbird Station -- Shopping center or neighborhood?
Dallas has lots of awesome places to shop, and also some cool neighborhoods that aren't malls. But it's easy to confuse the two. Most recently, in a piece celebrating Dallas' transition toward walkable neighborhoods, the DMN pointed to the West Village as a place "often cited as Dallas' most promising pedestrian neighborhood."

Not quite. Review what is and isn't a neighborhood with our special guide below.

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Our New Year's Resolutions for Dallas

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Justin Terveen
Let's be better in 2014, Dallas.
1. Listen to the guys who want to Tear down 345.

2. Find a sensible solution to the Uber-Yellow feud.

3. Build more freeway parks so we can play ultimate Frisbee on 635.

4. Fewer valet stands, more bike racks.

5. Fewer police shootings, more transparency when they happen.

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Here Are All the Places It's Apparently Cooler for Young People to Live than Dallas

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More like "young, broke and fabulous"
There are many words that come to mind when you think of Dallas. "Barbecue," for one. A lot of traffic-related phrases too, like "road construction," "highway overpasses" or "valet parking."

But three surprising adjectives connected to Dallas are "young," "broke" and "single," at least according to Money Under 30, a website aiming to help 20-somethings with financial planning. Money Under 30 put together a list of the best 20 cities in the country for people to live in if their young, broke and single, using criteria such as cost of living, unemployment, number of bars and others. The idea is to find a city that makes for a good place to launch a career and find true love, all on the cheap.

The Big D makes it in the 19th slot on the list (take that, Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington). All the cities share a few traits, like being big college or university hubs. Apparently Texas has more cities than any other state that are well-suited for the "YBS." Houston makes the cut, and Austin is at the very top of the list, which probably surprises no one.

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Great, Now Dallas Is One Of The Least Fit Cities In The Nation

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These people are clearly freaks of nature.
In addition to being smutty and un-hip, the DFW area is now ranking way down at number 47 on the American College of Sports Medicine's Fitness Index. And the bad news is that unlike some of the other lists we've been bitching about lately (looking at you, perv index) this one is backed up with actual science, using data from places like the Centers For Disease Control and the Trust For Public Land. It makes a number of good points, albeit ones you probably already know well: Many Dallasites can't walk or bike to work, and a lot of us don't have access to farmers markets, public parks or rec centers.

The good news: tennis courts. We're good on those.

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Now Dallas is the 15th "Smuttiest" City

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Dallas may be inhospitable to hipsters, but we're apparently a city filled with porn enthusiasts: Men's Health recently ranked Dallas 15th in a list of the 100 "smuttiest" American cities (Orlando won. Those perverts.)

MH based its rankings on the number of adult DVDs purchased, rented or streamed, square footage of "adult entertainment" stores, Google searches for porn and "percentage of Cinemax-subscribing households."

But before we break out the celebratory porn, let's take a moment to talk about bullshit city-ranking lists, shall we?

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What It's Like to Live in Plano, According to The Internet's List Makers. Everyone Loves Lists.

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That baby is actually 45 years old.
Perhaps you heard that Plano was recently named the 12th longest-living city in the country by the Daily Beast. But what you may not know is that a whole bunch of other listicles ranking places based on their General Pleasantness have spotlighted the 'burb. The results are mostly positive, occasionally confusing and always deeply scientific, we are sure. We have read them all, and now we can tell you authoritatively exactly what it's like to live in Plano.More »

Top 10 Mayor Tom Photos of '09

Mayor Tom Leppert isn't an easy interview to snag these days. At least, not for us here at the Observer. But that doesn't stop us from catching a glimpse of the man whenever we get the chance, and, of course, capturing snapshots along the way. Yup, we've developed quite a fondness for the unique and inspired Leppert photo here at Unfair Park HQ, which is why I bring you another year's worth of my favorites.

Feel free to chime in and provide links to ones you feel I've left out, and let's get a caption contest started while I try to convince Robert to dig up something for a prize.

10. Leppert poses with the iPhones he's giving away to CEOs in an effort to entice them to move their companies to downtown Dallas.

Kimberly Thorpe
Sometimes Leppert's eyes look like lasers. This would be one of those times.

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