America's Least Sane Cities

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2010 2:40 PM CST
New Orleans Saints fans celebrate the Super Bowl win. The Big Easy came in at No. 10 in the craziness poll.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

(Newser) – Is America losing its marbles—and more importantly, is it doing it in your general vicinity? The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to figure out, statistically, how bonkers America’s 57 largest cities are. Their criteria: Psychiatrists per capita, stress level, drinking levels, and eccentricity. The cream of the crazy:

  1. Cincinnati: Who knew?
  2. San Francisco: The bay is first in psychiatrists, and second in eccentricity.
  3. Providence: They drink a lot, and have lots of shrinks, and last year a group made a 1,350-foot string of red and white beads. For some reason.
  4. Milwaukee: One local man is famous for eating more than 23,000 Big Macs in 30 years. And when it comes to drinking, they’re tied for first with…
  5. Las Vegas: There’s a casino here where you can pee on the Berlin Wall. True story.
  6. Philadelphia: They’re tied for second in stress. Blame the Eagles.
  7. New York: Ever been to Times Square? Two words: Naked Cowboy.
  8. Tucson: If a criminal attacks you here, you may only defend yourself with the same weapon they’re using.
  9. San Antonio: A retired local plumber here runs a museum dedicated to decorated toilet seats.
  10. New Orleans: The Big Easy is tops in eccentricity, and third in shrinks, but very low in stress and, curiously, drinking.

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