Happy Colorado Day: Here are 50 reasons you should be glad you live here

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It's been a tough summer for Colorado -- the toughest in memory. But on this August 1, Colorado Day, there are still many, many reasons to celebrate life in the Centennial State. And Missy Franklin's gold medal is just the most recent. The oldest? Just take a look to the west.

Can't think of any? We've got fifty suggestions.

Look below to check out Jef Otte's 2011 list of the fifty reasons why Colorado is the best state in America. If we missed any, post your thoughts below.

"50 reasons why Colorado is the best state in America"
By Jef Otte

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Other states, you cannot touch this shit.
Basically all of these United States are pretty crappy -- or at least that's what Gawker would have you believe with its 50 Worst States in America series this week, in which Colorado took 41st (worst) -- not a bad ranking, provided you give two sailing shits what some liberal America-hating rag like Gawker thinks. Which we don't.

And so, while we have before taken it upon ourselves to provide 50 reasons Denver is awesome, it falls upon us today to defend our entire state -- nay, this great nation (mostly our state, though) -- from some coastal city's sneering elitism. Colorado, eat your heart out.

50. Our lists are better than the lists of other states.

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49. Our governor is pretty much pre-puberty Uncle Sam and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington rolled into one.

48. Our state boasts the weather of three states.

47. Even our fundamentalists enjoy gay blowjobs and meth.

46. Minnesota may have invented the zombie crawl, but we did it better. Better than anyone else, in fact.

45. Centennial State, motherfuckers!

44. Colorado is one of just three states with no natural borders, meaning we separate ourselves from the crappy states surrounding us through sheer force of will. In your face, Utah and Wyoming!

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43. You got mountains? We got more mountains.

42. Not even earthquakes can fuck with us.

41. Buffalo Bill is buried here. In your face, Wyoming!

40. Our art museum looks like the wreck of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

39. Our unbelievably awesome sports teams.

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Oh, hello, New York.
38. We're slightly less fat than other states.

37. We have nearly as many pot stores as we do public schools; essentially, being a stoner is a legit profession in this state.

36. We have a music venue so awesome that they name industry awards after it. Follow us here: The industry award for best music venue is called the Red Rocks awards, because Red Rocks was consistently voted number one so many times they had to remove it from the list to be fair to other venues.

35. John. Fucking. Elway.

34. We have a Garden... OF THE GODS!

33. Hey coastal states, if your shit is so great, why do you keep vacationing here?

32. Better yet, why do you keep moving here?

31. Our cities don't let shit and trash pile up on the sidewalks, choking everyone out with the stench of rot during the summer (we're looking at you, New York).


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Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Historically speaking he did exist, just not in a magical, zombie kind of way. Doesn't really matter anyway, since his followers these days, specifically those mentioned in 5, don't seem to want to do what he said, anyway. Remember Ted and his hate of people just like him? :)

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

9/10 posts from neckbearded basement dwellers are full of shit according to scholars who get regular exposure to sunlight. I don't have any concrete evidence to verify that stat, but I just FEEL that it's "true." ;)

Kat Ginorio
Kat Ginorio

Happy Birthday yes, a pleasure living there and college. The Best!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Everything, weather, mountains, people, we have it all, its paradise!

Ryk McDorman
Ryk McDorman

Variable weather. I lived in L.A. for 8 years and the same weather, day after day, gets boring as hell!

Bialy Kot Art
Bialy Kot Art

The sunrises/sunsets and gorgeous (nearby) camping spots.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The article failed to mention how wonderful it is to cash the check stemming from the settlement following a DPD beating.

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

#1 - MARIJUANA !!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob Karnisky
Rob Karnisky

A very weak list. Colorado deserves much better.

Derek Murphy
Derek Murphy

this ALMOST makes up for asking about "whos going to nickleback?" Hope that person was let go off the staff....

karnisky
karnisky

I'd like to see the real list, too.

GirlJimi
GirlJimi

Patti has a potty mouth, but I don't disagree.  Girl Jimi in Chicago.  U know.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The DP is celebrating Colorado Day in collusion with Frontier airlines by making reference to a $9.99 fare from Denver to Albuquerque ("A one-way flight to Albuquerque can be purchased for $9.99 ..." -- see:  http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21208331) -- a flight to Albuquerque cannot be purchased for $9.99!  The main news page is bracketed by ads from Frontier for fares as low as $49.  The article has been up since 9:26AM and I directed Frontier to it at ~2:50PM -- after explaining the situation to the customer service agent in excruciating detail and my information was supposedly forwarded to a supervisor, she inquired whether I wanted to fly for $49.  I think that Frontier may be using the DP as its catspaw to generate calls; Frontier cannot be held responsible for what the DP writes -- no one can be held responsible for what the DP writes!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 

 

#1 = We have WESTWORD to keep us informed of everything important in life !!

 

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clb_denv
clb_denv

Might want to update #9 to "We used to have...." or "We gave the world...." or "Please don't blame us for...."

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

The job market obviously doesn't make the list. :(

kwame
kwame

are you guys gonna post the real list later on ? 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@John Zeising The Bluebird's one of our favorites, too. Thanks for posting, John.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Frederick Tinnemeyer See you soon. Thanks for the post, Frederick.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Heather Peterson Yes we do. Thanks for posting, Heather.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase 

 

The Federal Trade Commission investigates willful fraud -- such as the Bait-and-Switch you describe above.

 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay It is interesting -- After reporting the matter to customer service and not seeing any correction forthcoming, I spoke to a woman in Frontier's advertising department.  She was apologetic, said that Frontier's press release was in error, said she had to make a few phone calls, and that she would call me back in five minutes -- that was an hour and a half ago; she has not called back, and the article still says "A one-way flight to Albuquerque can be purchased for $9.99 ...".  As much as I believe that corporations lie, cheat, and steal, I am loath to think that individuals I speak to are liars.  As bait-and-switch, it hardly seems very effective:  the article has had a total of twenty-two page-views according to the DP's statistics.

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