Baltimoreans, let your freak flags fly. Turns out, the city might be the most eccentric in America — at least travel website Atlas Obscura thinks so.
A collaborative site dedicated to discovering the world's hidden gems, Atlas Obscura recently posted an article about why Baltimore is secretly America's most fascinating city. Not New York City, not Washington — but Baltimore.
Compiling a list of local wonders, Atlas says that Baltimore has been a quirky place for quite some time now. (Which we, of course, already knew.)
"Full of old sailors' bars and idiosyncratic house museums, pink flamingo yard ornaments and grand old libraries, Baltimore has been an intriguing city for nearly three centuries," the website notes.
Of course, being the resting place to one of America's darkest poets, Edgar Allan Poe, earned a mention. Atlas also noted tourist attractions such as the American Visionary Art Museum, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Domino Sugar sign in the Inner Harbor.
Showing off the city's true oddities, Atlas also listed sites more off the beaten path, such as the alleged naming site of the Ouija board (now a 7-Eleven on North Charles Street) and "Graffiti Alley" in Station North.
Featuring a quote from local celebrity John Waters' book "Shock Value," I think it's safe to say the filmmaker summed it up best.
"You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style," Waters wrote. "It's as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay."
So maybe Baltimore is a little weird — and by extension its inhabitants. But hey, who wants to be normal anyway.