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Thursday, August 15, 2013

A visit to Preston, Idaho, hometown of Napoleon Dynamite

More than a hit, Napoleon Dynamite became a phenomenon: Its many memorable lines were quoted incessantly until they became more annoying than funny (an occurrence known as Borat Syndrome).

Nearly a decade after the film hit theaters, visitors still make the trek up to Preston to see Napoleon's house, the high school, the thrift store, Pedro's house, etc. People in town, unsurprisingly, have mixed feelings about that. Preston High principal Jeff Lords told us that some of them feel mocked by Napoleon Dynamite, but some just don't want a bunch of attention on their small town. Lucky for them, Preston isn't really close to much or on the way to anything. The fans who make the trip are the diehards.

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