Introduction

It’s the oddities that get your attention.

Item: Andy Samberg makes his own sketches for Saturday Night Live.

“Interesting,” I think to myself. “This could be something.”

Item: Gatorade replays a football game from 1993.

Really interesting. Nobody outside the Delaware River region cared about this game in the first place. Why replay it?

Item: People handing out pie in Greensboro, Alabama. To change this city, they have decided on pie.

“Pie!” I say to myself. “Really!”

I am sitting in my kitchen in Rowayton, Connecticut. I am monitoring American culture as if listening to shipping lanes on a shortwave radio. I’ve got the giant headphones on. I’m trying to dial out the noise and dial in a signal. What I’m getting is oddities.

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