Over the past couple of months, I've researched the strange and ubiquitous people known as local characters. Every town has them, and people are proud to know them, or at least know OF them. Now you can know some from other towns, in a five-part series I wrote for mental_floss.
How to Be a Local Character: 5 Basic Examples had characters from Memphis, New York City, St. Petersburg, FL, Lexington, KY, and Maggie Valley, NC. When I wrote this, I had no intention of writing a series, but everyone and their brother had a great story to tell about local characters in their hometown. i had to check them out.
7 Fascinating Local Characters brought you profiles from New Orleans, Boston, Toronto, Austin, Ann Arbor, MI, Anderson, SC, and Wellington, NZ,
9 Wonderful Local Characters featured folks from Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, St. Louis, St. Cloud, MN, and Adelaide, Australia.
7 More Unforgettable Local Characters has colorful characters from Peoria, IL, San Marcos, TX, New Haven, CT, Wheeling, WV, Ocean City, MD, Omaha, NB and Montreal.
6 of Your Favorite Local Characters profiles people you've seen in Seattle, Austin, Madison, WI, Jacksonville, NC, and one you are too young to have ever met from San Francisco.
I considered including Homeless Frank, but decided against it, since I already have two people from New York City. Sorry, Frank.