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BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE

Bus Tales

St. Paul web designer Rett Martin spends each workday morning and evening riding the No. 50 bus between the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul and his job at Capella University in downtown Minneapolis. When Martin would share interesting tales of his travels with his friends, they would offer commuting anecdotes in turn. These experiences, combined with an interest in eavesdropping sites like Overheard in New York (which has inspired two Overheard in Minneapolis sites), prompted the Baltimore native to create Bus Tales, where riders and drivers can share stories bizarre and poignant about their daily commute. Early posters to the site were local, but the site's popularity has grown to include stories from other metro areas as well as cross-country Greyhound adventures. To click through the pages at Bus Tales is to believe David Lynch has been appointed transportation commissioner: A female passenger in Chicago muttering about how Jesus is going to "save our bowels," the man carrying ten feet of television cable rejoicing in astronomer Carl Sagan's presumed residency in Hell, and the drunk who's courteous enough to vomit into the cardboard box on his lap. The site is colorful and clean, a testament to Martin's vocational talents, and the brevity of the humorous posts will keep the reader clicking through the archives, reading just one more story before having to catch their own ride at the end of the day.

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