Daily Dirt: Even in Boring, Oregon, pepperoni would be the pizza topping of choice

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Daily Dirt for Thursday, April 7, 2022

Happy Opening Day to all of our readers who are baseball fans. This might be my favorite day of any year … Welcome to Vol. 252 of The Daily Dirt.

1. If you’re a regular reader of The Daily Dirt, you likely know how much I appreciate unusual names of towns.

Here’s my latest finds from across this great counrty:

Gold medal: Boring, Ore. Sister cities could be Dull, Scotland, and Bland, Australia.

Silver medal: Zap, N.D. There was actually a riot in this town of about 250 residents, back in 1969. That’s when more than 2,000 college students from across the state decided — for some unknown reason — to “Zip to Zap” and party.

Bronze medal: Santa, Idaho. No, “Claus” is not a suburb.Honorable mention: Earth, Texas; Two Dot, Mont., Climax, Mich., Mashpee, Mass.

2. Here we go, the first expanded Great Plate rankings of the year — our top 20 license plates found across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri:

  • 1. (1.) YADI LUV: No way YADI LUV would lose its No., 1 position on Opening Day.
  • 2. (2.) GOLD D LOX: Is Goldie Hawn the most famous actress with that first name? For the record, Ms. Hawn is now 76.
  • 3. (-) TAXED: This just has to be some sort of political statement.
  • 4. (-) GO SING: George Gershwin’s jazz standard “Summertime” is considered to be the most recorded song in history, with a staggering 67,591 versions known to be in existence.
  • 5. (3.) PAT PAT 1: According to ranker.com, the most famous people named Pat(rick) are: Patrick Stewart, Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Swayze and Patrick Ewing.
  • 6. (-) BASIC: “Basic Instinct” remains one of the most interesting movies I have ever watched, and that was in 1992.
  • 7. (4.) 00 MAY 00: Former Houston Oilers wide receiver Ken Burrough was another athlete who wore “00”.
  • 8. (5.) MEANCAT: Although Siamese cats are one of the most popular cat breeds, they are also considered the meanest.
  • 9. (6.) QUINCY: There are 17 cities across the United States named Quincy.
  • 10. (-) TACO: Soft or hard shell?
  • 11. (7.) PINK: Alecia Beth Moore is singer Pink’s real name.
  • 12. (8.) CAL GAL: Arguably, the three most famous female athletes from the Cali are (in no particular order) tennis players Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin and Serena Williams.
  • 13. (9.) PAL GAL: Actress Jane Darwell, who won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (“The Grapes of Wrath”), was a native of Palmyra, Mo.
  • 14. (10.) OH DEER 4: For the 2020-21 hunting season there were 297,200 deer killed in Missouri.
  • 15. (-) OHH TAY 1: Obviously, a Little Rascals fan.
  • 16. (-) U OF GA: Go ‘Dogs!
  • 17. (-) WAVS R US: Well … boating season is not far away.
  • 18. (-) NERD 3: I want to meet NERD 1 and NERD 2.
  • 19. (-) NORM 100: Raise your hand if you just thought of the “Norm!” reference from “Cheers”.
  • 20. (-) BACKUP 9: Obviously, don’t get too close to this guy.

No. 1 Rankings: YADI LUV (7 weeks), GOL D LOX (2 weeks).

3. Update! We have some new numbers for most popular pizza toppings favored by Americans.

It seems U.S. pizza lovers still prefer pepperoni — by quit a margin — as their go-to choice for a pie. Here are the latest numbers, with thanks to hungryhowies.com:

  • 1. Pepperoni: A whopping 36 percent of pizza consumers want pepperoni on their orders. There’s really not even a close second.
  • 2. Extra cheese: This shouldn’t even be considered a topping, it’s just … extra cheese.
  • 3. Mushrooms: If there were a championship game for pizza toppings, mushrooms and pepperoni should be in the finals.
  • 4. Onion: Thinly sliced, we don’t want any onion chunkage.
  • 5. Sausage: Finely ground, like hamburger, is the best selection for this choice.
  • 6. Black olives: Ugh. Ranks right up there (down there?) with spinach.
  • 7. Green peppers: Once in a while is OK. (A great while, to be more specific.)
  • 8. Pineapple: Very underrated at No. 8, deserving of a top-five mention.
  • 9. Spinach: Yechhh!
  • 10. No topping at all: What???

Steve Thought O’ The Day — Steve feels not even Popeye would eat spinach on his pizza.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Would Popeye dip his pizza in Olive Oil?

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