Gut Rumbles

January 12, 2006

good list

I read this post and immediately decided to make my own list of The Twelve Icons of America. The only problem with that idea is the fact that Kim stole a lot of my thoughts before I had them. My list would look an awful lot like a copy of his, and that's not very entertaining.

So, I'm going to attempt to pick twelve icons he DIDN'T mention, except for the '57 Chevy Bel Air. That one HAS to be on my list.

12 American Icons

1. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
2. John Wayne
3. The Hamburger
4. The National Anthem played by a marching band before a football game.
5. The Winchester Repeating Rifle
6. Country Music
7. Kentucky Bourbon
8. Corn Bread
9. The Banjo
10. The Alamo
11. The Mississippi River
12. Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Anybody got ideas for an icon that isn't on either list?


Channel lock pliers & Vise grip pliers.

Posted by: Wizard on January 12, 2006 04:44 PM

Men on the moon.

Posted by: dipnut on January 12, 2006 04:52 PM

Jazz and blues, the T-Bird, the Corvette(NOT the Stingray, but the older one), the Les Paul guitar.

Posted by: BobG on January 12, 2006 05:17 PM

How 'bout these:

The Diner
Rock City
Mustang (both the horse and car)
Gibson Les Paul/Fender Stratocaster
Cowboy Hat/Baseball Hat
The Fanny Pack
The New York City Skyline
Baseball/Football/New Years Day Bowl Games
Ronald Reagan
John Philip Sousa

Posted by: countertop on January 12, 2006 05:19 PM

John Deere

Posted by: L Bendix on January 12, 2006 05:34 PM

'69 Dodge Charger
Friday night stock car races
former World Trade Center
Grand Canyon
apple pie
drive-in theaters

Posted by: Arcs on January 12, 2006 05:48 PM

how about the statue of liberty?
Mount Rushmore?
the hollywood sign?

Posted by: caltechgirl on January 12, 2006 06:15 PM

Dolly Parton's Tits

Posted by: Max Doubt on January 12, 2006 06:30 PM

Backyard BBQ grills
John Lee Hooker
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Colt .45

Posted by: Jay Stranahan on January 12, 2006 06:56 PM

The Grateful Dead
The Cadillac Fleetwood
The Golden Gate bridge
New Orleans
Mac Donald
Newspaper carriers
The Lincoln Monument
Las Vegas
The Interstates
Vanilla fudge
James Stewart
OK, everything is from a FRENCH perspective...

Posted by: dom on January 12, 2006 06:59 PM

Blue Grass Music

Posted by: GUYK on January 12, 2006 07:06 PM


No Fourth is a celebration without a chili dog!

Posted by: Maggie on January 12, 2006 07:15 PM

How can everone miss the most obvious?

The Stars and Stripes ! !

Posted by: Gerry N. on January 12, 2006 08:34 PM

Thompson Submachine gun

Colt 45 Automatic pistol

Model-A Ford

Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States of America

Posted by: Capt. Harley on January 12, 2006 09:12 PM


Posted by: Misty on January 12, 2006 09:35 PM

Wal-Mart, Coke, McDonalds, and Saturday Night Live. (The classics, not this crap today)

And above all else the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Posted by: Steph on January 12, 2006 10:23 PM

Farmall/John Deere
Colt Single Action Revolver
Colt Auto Pistol
The Tennessee Walking Horse (Although I hate what they do to their feet now)
George Washington (This is something of a reflection on my reading Washington's Crossing recently)

Posted by: Dave H on January 12, 2006 10:25 PM

Ted Kennedy's jowels.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on January 12, 2006 11:05 PM

Coonskin hat
Bald Eagle
Kentucky Rifle
Atomic Bomb
Bowie Knife
Sourdough Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Cotton Gin
Monopoply (the boardgame)
Washtub Bass
Baseball Hat

Posted by: brianr on January 12, 2006 11:18 PM

banjo? Everytime I hear one of those gotdamn things I think of whatsisface getting cornholed!

Posted by: James Hooker-ex cracker on January 13, 2006 03:05 AM

55' chevy was better than the 57' chevy....definitely. Either way, both would have to be coupe (2 doors) models to be considered icons.

Posted by: RONW on January 13, 2006 04:13 AM

James Stewart

Posted by: virgil on January 13, 2006 06:07 AM

...and it was Ned Beatty, squealing like a pig, Mr. Hooker

Posted by: virgil on January 13, 2006 06:11 AM

Zippo lighter, Fender Telecaster

Posted by: Jim T on January 13, 2006 06:44 AM

Indian motorcycles
The 63 to 67 Corvette
The Jeep
Pump Action Shotguns
Levi's Jeans

Posted by: robert in england on January 13, 2006 07:27 AM

My list would have to include Bob Hope and Johnny Carson....

Posted by: Ruth on January 13, 2006 07:43 AM

Monday Night Football !!!!

Posted by: Don in Jax on January 13, 2006 08:12 AM

"My list would have to include Bob Hope and Johnny Carson...."

Actually, Bob Hope was born in England, and moved to the US as a small child.

Posted by: BobG on January 13, 2006 09:27 AM

And because he was born in the UK (but made his fame and fortune here, not to mention the fact he made life away from home for thousands of American troops a little more bearable) he shouldnt be considered an American icon? Surely you jest.

Posted by: Ruth on January 13, 2006 10:01 AM

A good ol' pot of beans to go with that cornbread.

Posted by: Kelly on January 13, 2006 10:10 AM

Clint Eastwood

Posted by: Nathan on January 13, 2006 10:55 AM

CLint eastwood and the N frame SMith that made the 44 magnum- "the nmost powerful handgun in the world"

Posted by: Warren on January 13, 2006 11:04 AM

You forgot a place for:

The Enola Gay

I get goose bumps when I see it!
(Plus, it pisses of the self righteous left!)

Posted by: dc on January 13, 2006 02:11 PM

Yosemite Valley
Grand Canyon
Rocky Mts
Rock & Roll! (real: Jerry Lee, Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, etc.)
Big Band
Thanksgiving Turkey
Thomas Jefferson
Ben Franklin
Abe Lincoln
Harry Truman

Posted by: Larry on January 13, 2006 07:53 PM


Posted by: Mark on January 14, 2006 01:08 PM
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