Missouri Is the 8th Most Normal State in the U.S.

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Jody McNary Photography
What does "normal" really mean, anyway?
In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal.

By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.

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St. Louis Has the 8th Worst Potholes in the U.S.

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Paul Sableman, Flickr
A giant pothole in Tower Grove East.
It's not your imagination.

This winter's brutal cold and heavy snowfall have eroded the pavement beneath our cars, putting St. Louis at No. 8 on a top-ten list of cities with the worst potholes.


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It's Official: Study Says St. Louis Cardinals Fans Are The Best in Baseball

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Jon Gitchoff
St. Louis: Home of the No. 1 fans in baseball.
The St. Louis Cardinals have the most loyal fans in baseball, according to a new report from a customer-loyalty consultancy firm.

Brand Keys analyzed each Major League Baseball team's fan base and ranked them according to its "sports fan loyalty index." St. Louis tops the list for the first time ever, just above the Philadelphia Phillies. Fans of the Houston Astros ranked the least loyal.


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That Cute Huffington Post List About Why St. Louis is a Hidden Gem Got One Thing Wrong

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St. Louis is a hidden gem -- he got that part right.
We just love Marcos Saldivar's Huffington Post list, "26 Reasons to Appreciate the Hidden Gem of St. Louis."

Saldivar, an associate editor at the Huffington Post, is dead-on when he says St. Louis' world-class and free zoo, museums and parks make the Lou much more than a fly-over city -- not to mention the deliciousness that is Ted Drewes.

See also: Welcome to St. Louis, Boston Red Sox Fans: 5 Tips for Getting Around

But before his list even starts, Saldivar makes an assertion about St. Louis that threw us for a loop:

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9 Reasons Why Opening Day Should Be a National Holiday

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Jon Gitchoff
Hey, President Obama! Here's why Opening Day should be a national holiday.
If you're a lifelong St. Louisan, it may surprise you to know that Opening Day is not actually a national holiday. It just feels like one here in the Lou.

But two St. Louis institutions -- former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith and Anheuser-Busch -- are petitioning the U.S. government to declare Opening Day an official holiday. They need 100,000 signatures to get an official response from the Obama administration, and after only three days, they're a quarter of the way to their goal.


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St. Louis Named No. 3 U.S. City Most in Need of a Superhero

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Steve Truesdell
St. Louis' Superman.
We need a hero! A superhero, to be specific.

A new ranking analyzes which U.S. cities are becoming modern day Gothams in need of their own caped crusader. St. Louis ranks No. 3, behind Detroit (No. 1) and Oakland (No. 2.)


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Missouri Drops in Well-Being Rankings to Become 8th Most Unhealthy State in U.S.

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Paul Sableman, Flickr
Why are y'all smiling? Don't you know how low our emotional index score is?
An annual Gallup poll shows Missouri's well-being has taken a beating in the last year. Missouri dropped in the rankings to No. 43 from No. 38, putting the Show-Me State in the bottom quintile with West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi.


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Winter Olympics: Five Absurd St. Louis "Sports" We'd Rather Watch Than Curling

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We think the Winter Olympics are great. That overtime shootout when Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored a crazy between-the-knees goal to win it all for team U.S.A.? Wow. Just, wow. Instant classic.

Alas, other "sports" at the Winter Olympics are decidedly less exciting. (We're looking at you, curling, ice dancing, luge, biathlon and bobsleigh.)

If the International Olympic Committee really wants to ensure sports greatness for the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they should tap the same source that provided Sochi with Oshie -- St. Louis, that is.


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Smoking the Competition: St. Louis Named America's Top City for Smokers

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Aaron Van Dike
St. Louis: America's smokiest city?
Empty your ashtrays and light up, St. Louis, because a newly released study puts us dead last on the Men's Health list of America's smoke-free cities.

Of 100 cities, St. Louis ranks at No. 100. We're in good company; Kansas City, Missouri, is right behind us at No. 98, just behind Jacksonville, Florida.

"Judging by the overflowing ashtrays in St. Louis, we're calling nicotine a Gateway drug," Men's Health magazine posted this week along with their list. "The city smoked the competition in our ranking of places where folks light up."

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St. Louis Named No. 5 Most Dangerous City Because No One Knows How Statistics Work

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David Herholz on flickr
Welcome to America's fifth most dangerous city...sort of.
St. Louis is the fifth most dangerous city in America, CNN Money announced Tuesday.

The report, based on the annual release of FBI violent crime statistics, is heavily skewed to make St. Louis appear more violent, as Mayor Francis Slay, business leaders and rapping Washington University ballerinas have made abundantly clear for more than eight years.

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