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How the States Got Their Shapes (2011–2012)

TV-PG
TV Series | 60 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are flying fish threatening to re-draw the lines of ...See moreFollows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are flying fish threatening to re-draw the lines of Illinois? Written by Anonymous See less
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Updated May 3, 2011

Release date (First episode)
May 3, 2011 (United States)

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172 cast members
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Brian Unger
Self - Host Self - Host   See fewer
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H.W. Brands
Self - University of Texas at Austin / Self - University of Texas as Austin Self - University of Texas at Austin / Self - University of Texas as Austin   See fewer
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10
Mark Stein
Self - Author, How the States Got Their Shapes / Self - Author. How the States Got Their Shapes Self - Author, How the States Got Their Shapes / Self - Author. How the States Got Their Shapes   See fewer
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9
Seth Stein
Self - Northwestern University Self - Northwestern University   See fewer
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2
Robert Rosen
Self - Author, A Short History of Charleston Self - Author, A Short History of Charleston   See fewer
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2
Richard Stewart
Self - Bureau of Reclamation Self - Bureau of Reclamation   See fewer
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2
George Wunderlich
Self - National Museum of Civil War Medicine Self - National Museum of Civil War Medicine   See fewer
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2
Bart Crattie
Self - Land Surveyor Self - Land Surveyor   See fewer
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1
Tom Lowe
Self - Bannack State Park Self - Bannack State Park   See fewer
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Peter Merlin
Self - Aerospace Historian Self - Aerospace Historian   See fewer
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Travis Wallbaum
Self - Fisherman Self - Fisherman   See fewer
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Ted Gambordella
Self - Republican Father Self - Republican Father   See fewer
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Ricky Gonzalez
Self - U.S. Citizen Self - U.S. Citizen   See fewer
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Iris Gosling
Self - Hatfield Descendant Self - Hatfield Descendant   See fewer
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Doug Jones
Self - Civil War Re-enacctor Self - Civil War Re-enacctor   See fewer
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Rhettman Mullis
Self - Bigfoot Expert Self - Bigfoot Expert   See fewer
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Chonda Pierce
Self - Christian Comedian Self - Christian Comedian   See fewer
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Sonya Race
Self - Mother Self - Mother   See fewer
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Jennifer Stefano
Self - Tea Party Activist Self - Tea Party Activist   See fewer
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David Struthers
Self - Pig Farmer Self - Pig Farmer   See fewer
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Larry Wahrenbrock
Self - Mountaineer & Reennactor Self - Mountaineer & Reennactor   See fewer
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Doug Walker
Self - Self-Proclaimed Hillbilly Self - Self-Proclaimed Hillbilly   See fewer
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Kerry Altenbernd
Self - Black Jack Battlefield Self - Black Jack Battlefield   See fewer
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Claudia East
Self - Author, Yreka: The First 80 Years Self - Author, Yreka: The First 80 Years   See fewer
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Harry Geisinger
Self - Georgia House of Representatives Self - Georgia House of Representatives   See fewer
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Kevin F. Kern
Self - University of Akron Self - University of Akron   See fewer
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Keith Milam
Self - University of Ohio Self - University of Ohio   See fewer
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D. Muenster
Self - Furs & Clothing of Distinction Self - Furs & Clothing of Distinction   See fewer
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Walt Wolfram
Self - North Carolina State University Self - North Carolina State University   See fewer
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Shane Copland
Self - Canadian Citizen Self - Canadian Citizen   See fewer
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Teddy Gambordella
Self - Democratic Son Self - Democratic Son   See fewer
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Betty Howard
Self - McCoy Descendant Self - McCoy Descendant   See fewer
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Wayne Humphreys
Self - Corn Farmer Self - Corn Farmer   See fewer
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Keith Lowell Jensen
Self - Atheist Comedian Self - Atheist Comedian   See fewer
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Steve Kim
Self - Exotic Dancer Self - Exotic Dancer   See fewer
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Eric Martinez
Self - Civil War Re-enacctor Self - Civil War Re-enacctor   See fewer
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Pearl Prihoda
Self - Bigfoot Expert Self - Bigfoot Expert   See fewer
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Jay Reimer
Self - Self-Proclaimed Redneck Self - Self-Proclaimed Redneck   See fewer
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Mike Stout
Self - Former Union Steel Worker Self - Former Union Steel Worker   See fewer
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Danielle Terry
Self - Apprentice Gunsmith Self - Apprentice Gunsmith   See fewer
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Tim Brumm
Self - Heritage Hill State Historical Park Self - Heritage Hill State Historical Park   See fewer
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Chuck Magerl
Self - Free State Brewery Self - Free State Brewery   See fewer
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Cammy Montoya
Self - Department of the Army. White Sands Missile Range Self - Department of the Army. White Sands Missile Range   See fewer
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Joseph Sawick Jr.
Self - Suffolk County Comptroller Self - Suffolk County Comptroller   See fewer
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Scott Teodorski
Self - National Park Service Self - National Park Service   See fewer
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Colin Woodard
Self - Author, The Lobster Coast Self - Author, The Lobster Coast   See fewer
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Kathleen Brandt
Self - Genealogist Self - Genealogist   See fewer
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Jonathan Edmiston
Self - UFO Skeptic Self - UFO Skeptic   See fewer
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Ken Hall
Self - Bartender Self - Bartender   See fewer
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Jim Hughes
Self - Pastor Self - Pastor   See fewer
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Stacey Kane
Self - Vice President of Marketing, California Tortilla Group Self - Vice President of Marketing, California Tortilla Group   See fewer
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Chuck Miller
Self - Distillery Owner Self - Distillery Owner   See fewer
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Gloria Minella
Self - Doctor of Internal Medicine Self - Doctor of Internal Medicine   See fewer
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Chris Ralph
Self - Gold Prospector Self - Gold Prospector   See fewer
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Tony Schiano
Self - Brooklyn New York Resident Self - Brooklyn New York Resident   See fewer
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Paige Tiller
Self - West Virginia High School Student Self - West Virginia High School Student   See fewer
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Rick Wilberschied
Self - Fur & Wildlife Trapper Self - Fur & Wildlife Trapper   See fewer
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Rhonda Brophy
Self - Owner, Red Moose Gift Gallery Self - Owner, Red Moose Gift Gallery   See fewer
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Rick Celata
Self - KT Ordnance Self - KT Ordnance   See fewer
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Don Faber
Self - Author, The Toledo War Self - Author, The Toledo War   See fewer
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Chris Hirvela
Self - Heritage Hill State Historical Park Self - Heritage Hill State Historical Park   See fewer
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Robert Marvinney
Self - Director & State Geologist, Maine Geological Survey Self - Director & State Geologist, Maine Geological Survey   See fewer
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Moses Smucker
Self - Owner, Smucker's Quality Meats Self - Owner, Smucker's Quality Meats   See fewer
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Cesidio Tallini
Self - Self Proclaimed Governor, Independent Long Island Self - Self Proclaimed Governor, Independent Long Island   See fewer
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Wayne Anderson
Self - Sheriff Sullivan County Self - Sheriff Sullivan County   See fewer
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James Clarkson
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Ray Harkins
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Eli Huddle
Self - McCoy Descendant Self - McCoy Descendant   See fewer
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Paul Miller
Self - Union Electrician Self - Union Electrician   See fewer
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Bob Phillips
Self - President, California Tortilla Group Self - President, California Tortilla Group   See fewer
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Ben Ralph
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Laurie Rice
Self - Rabbi Self - Rabbi   See fewer
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Angie Rodesky
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Mark Stevenson
Self - Boat Captain Self - Boat Captain   See fewer
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Louise Van Ersvelde
Self - Brooklyn Iowa Resident Self - Brooklyn Iowa Resident   See fewer
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Jennifer Brunner
Self - Former Ohio Secretary of State Self - Former Ohio Secretary of State   See fewer
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Sam Chwat
Self - Director, Sam Chwat Speech Center Self - Director, Sam Chwat Speech Center   See fewer
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Chuck Harris
Self - Curator, Ambajejus Boom House Self - Curator, Ambajejus Boom House   See fewer
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Michael Paras
Self - Belt Railway Company of Chicago Self - Belt Railway Company of Chicago   See fewer
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Ed Peden
Self - Missile Base Homeowner Self - Missile Base Homeowner   See fewer
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John A. Ricker
Self - Poland Spring Preservation Society Self - Poland Spring Preservation Society   See fewer
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Jimmy Wolford
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Jerry Akers
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Tucker Cholvin
Self - College Democrat, Georgetown Self - College Democrat, Georgetown   See fewer
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Parker Glenn
Self - Abstinence Advocate Self - Abstinence Advocate   See fewer
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Rob Greer
Self - Traditional Minister Self - Traditional Minister   See fewer
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Juanita Limas
Self - Iowa Resident Self - Iowa Resident   See fewer
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Morgan Lucas
Self - Drag Racer Self - Drag Racer   See fewer
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Eric Pope
Self - Zombie Fan Self - Zombie Fan   See fewer
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Allyson Rameker
Self - Real Estate Developer Self - Real Estate Developer   See fewer
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Tom Russell
Self - Lawyer Self - Lawyer   See fewer
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Soxman
Self - White Sox Fan Self - White Sox Fan   See fewer
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Sarah Trojniak
Self - Meteorologist Self - Meteorologist   See fewer
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Johanna Chapman
Self - Atlanta Accent Management LLC Self - Atlanta Accent Management LLC   See fewer
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Michael B. Coleman
Self - Mayor of Columbus Self - Mayor of Columbus   See fewer
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Sonya Hatfield-Hall
Self - Hatfield Descendant Self - Hatfield Descendant   See fewer
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Sean Kelley
Self - Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Self - Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site   See fewer
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Wayne Monk
Self - Lexington Barbecue Self - Lexington Barbecue   See fewer
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Dave Repasky
Self - Oilman Self - Oilman   See fewer
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Donna Street
Self - Dade County Resident Self - Dade County Resident   See fewer
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Jack Strejc
Self - Belt Railway Company of Chicago Self - Belt Railway Company of Chicago   See fewer
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Lee Watford
Self - Williamson Cattle Company Self - Williamson Cattle Company   See fewer
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Paul Banks
Self - Cubs Fan Self - Cubs Fan   See fewer
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Patrick Bigbie
Self - Meteorologist Self - Meteorologist   See fewer
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Brandon Burnstein
Self - Drag Racer Self - Drag Racer   See fewer
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Cindy Faulkner
Self - Adult Products Specialist Self - Adult Products Specialist   See fewer
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Johnny Menicini
Self - Line Cook Self - Line Cook   See fewer
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Brian Mills
Self - Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Self - Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel   See fewer
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Victor Moray
Self - Vampire Fan Self - Vampire Fan   See fewer
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Victor Rameker
Self - Real Estate Developer Self - Real Estate Developer   See fewer
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Nancy Timbs
Self - Iowa Resident Self - Iowa Resident   See fewer
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Doyle Van Meter
Self - McCoy Re-enactor Self - McCoy Re-enactor   See fewer
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Amelia Wolf
Self - College Republican, George Washington University Self - College Republican, George Washington University   See fewer
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Dave Carnie
Self - Former Editor-in-Chief, Big Brother Magazine Self - Former Editor-in-Chief, Big Brother Magazine   See fewer
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Dana Ste. Claire
Self - Author, Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History Self - Author, Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History   See fewer
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Allen Townsend
Self - Dade County Resident Self - Dade County Resident   See fewer
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Michael Webber
Self - University of Texas as Austin Self - University of Texas as Austin   See fewer
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Kevin Wood
Self - Student, BYU Self - Student, BYU   See fewer
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Barbara Zolli
Self - Director, Drake Well Museum Self - Director, Drake Well Museum   See fewer
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Harold Crook
Self - General Manager, Lonesome Pine Raceway Self - General Manager, Lonesome Pine Raceway   See fewer
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Elizabeth Giusti
Self - Casino Waitress Self - Casino Waitress   See fewer
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Tim Hugo
Self - Virginia Republican Assemblyman Self - Virginia Republican Assemblyman   See fewer
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Peter Anderson
Self - Secretary General, The Conch Republic Self - Secretary General, The Conch Republic   See fewer
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Gary Chilcote
Self - Director, Patee House Museum Self - Director, Patee House Museum   See fewer
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Doyle Connor Jr.
Self - Fifth Generation Cracker Cowman Self - Fifth Generation Cracker Cowman   See fewer
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Vaughn Edelson
Self - Urban Explorer Self - Urban Explorer   See fewer
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Gail Kaiser
Self - Lake Mead Marina Self - Lake Mead Marina   See fewer
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Larry Meister
Self - Cab Driver Self - Cab Driver   See fewer
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W. Paul Reeve
Self - University of Utah Self - University of Utah   See fewer
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Rick Tallini
Self - Otto Cupler Torpedo Company Self - Otto Cupler Torpedo Company   See fewer
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David Thompson
Self - Ttweak, LLC. Self - Ttweak, LLC.   See fewer
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Sara Smith
Self - Casino Waitress Self - Casino Waitress   See fewer
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Scott Surovell
Self - Virginia Deomocratic Assemblyman Self - Virginia Deomocratic Assemblyman   See fewer
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Stan Cox
Self - Author, Losing Our Cool Self - Author, Losing Our Cool   See fewer
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C.R. Gibbs
Self - Historian of the African Diaspora Self - Historian of the African Diaspora   See fewer
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Jim Ogle
Self - General Manager, WIBW-TV Self - General Manager, WIBW-TV   See fewer
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Frederick Salvucci
Self - Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Self - Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation   See fewer
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Randy Twaddle
Self - Ttweak, LLC. Self - Ttweak, LLC.   See fewer
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Dennis Wardlow
Self - Former Mayor, Key West Self - Former Mayor, Key West   See fewer
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Tim Kegerman
Self - River Guide Self - River Guide   See fewer
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Terri Sewell
Self - Representative, Alabama Self - Representative, Alabama   See fewer
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Neal Gamm
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Peter Markantonis
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Mike Panetta
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Self - Reed Gold Mine Self - Reed Gold Mine   See fewer
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Tim Tran
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Self - Kansas City Barbecue Society Self - Kansas City Barbecue Society   See fewer
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Self - CEO, Intelligent Insites Self - CEO, Intelligent Insites   See fewer
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8.1 / 10 | 549 votes