Portland loves nudity. We have the annual World Naked Bike Ride. Oregon has laws permitting public nudity. Appropriately, we have the most strip clubs per capita (we have twice as many strip clubs as we have public bathrooms!).
Why is Portland the Silicon Forest and how did it start? Stumped in Stumptown took a byte out of this story to get every bit of the history.
Portland has always been a haven for weird people and weird events whether it’s the infamous Portland postman who pooped on a patio a few years ago, the zombie-filled car that crashed on a freeway, or the extremely popular Portland Saturday Market which attracts crowds of oddities.
Regardless, Stumptown’s an odd burg, and here we’ll talk a bit about why it’s so weird and also where the heck the whole “Keep Portland Weird” phenomenon started in the first place (Hint: it wasn’t Portland’s first).
Many Portlanders live in blissful ignorance of the many natural and man-made disasters threatening our very existence here in the Pacific Northwest – St. Helens, Crater Lake, and, heck, even Mt. Tabor, are all active volcano ranges intent on taking us out.
Our very location on the west coast makes us a target for a Kim Jong Un temper tantrum, and Portland’s rabid Tesla fan-base means we’ll see automated driving here well in advance of a lot of the country.
Volcanoes, nukes, and artificial intelligence? What’s next?!
If you’re new to Portland (or you’ve never been motivated to investigate), you might wonder: why is Portland called the Rose City or the City of Roses?
Mary Jane, hooch, wacky tobacky, bud, grass, weed, cannabis, blueberry yum-yum, pot – marijuana. Portlanders love the green leaf in a big way proven by a recent survey from the Daily Beast which ranks Portland as the #3 pot-smoking capital in America.