Like little stars.
When Jon Stewart announced the Oct. 30th “Rally to Restore Sanity,” we cheered. Why didn’t we think of that? We put our collective heads together to figure out a way to meaningfully participate and, naturally, we figured we’d spend a small fortune to shuttle legions to the march by bus. But then someone beat us to it. Curses!
So instead, we came up with another idea: Spotlighting outstanding examples of sane behavior in 2010 so far. We’re flipping one of our favorite features – This Week in Crazy – on its head, running a series that celebrates the Year in Sanity. The goal: We want to honor inspiring cases of clear-thinking in the face of madness. We want to reward honest reactions when evasion would’ve been applauded. We want to spotlight straight talk, when obfuscation would have been the easier, or expected, way to go.
We’ve had a rough time. Especially when looking at our public officials, examples of sane behavior have been crazily tough to find. Which is why we are turning to you for help. Who do you think deserves to be honored for their sane behavior this year? You have three ways to let us know:
To get you started, we’re launching with five people worth honoring, and we’ll be rolling out more examples until the end of the month, when we’ll rank the Top 10 on the eve of Oct. 30. So our first awardees:
But this is just a start. We hope you’ll help us unearth many more examples.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.
In honor of the Rally to Restore Sanity, we're celebrating great acts of clear thinking -- and need your help! Who do you think deserves to be honored for their sane behavior this year? You have three ways to let us know your idea:
1). Blog about it
on Open Salon (be sure to tag it: theyearinsanity).
2). Email us your idea at TheYearInSanity at salon dot com.
3). Post your idea in the Comments section on this post.
We'll be spotlighting the best suggestions up until Oct. 30, when we will list our Top 10 honorees.