Iron Butt Olympiads

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"I obviously practiced to the point where I felt confident," said Passé, who made the six-day 3,000-mile trip with his wife and a stage assistant, who were barred from any backseat driving.

"My biggest fear was that other drivers would be freaked out. My wife took some great pictures of motorists passing the car, if you want to see some funny faces."

Passé, who uses a wheelchair on stage, still performs as a magician. He's also an intellectual property lawyer, and the legal ramifications of blindfolded driving did concern him.

"As it turns out, Alabama is the only state that expressly forbids blindfolded driving," he says. "Of course, we did meet some concerned policemen along the way, and they had a few questions."

Passé arrived accident free, and his odyssey raised more than $25,000 to benefit medical research for paraplegics. The hardest part of his trip: "Getting out of New York," he says. "Everybody there drives like they're blind."

3. Bicycle Comic Pedals Jokes Everywhere

Pardon the schtick, but stand-up comic Tom Snyder works a lot on the road — and that's not just because he's been homeless for most of his adult life.

Snyder has been biking to every gig for 18 years, logging 126,000 miles between comedy clubs — enough to cross the country 40 times.

"It all started by accident," says Snyder, "a car accident."

In 1987, when his beat-up jalopy died outside of Las Vegas, Snyder strapped what he could onto his bike. Flat broke, the 25-year-old fledgling comic parleyed a $10 chip coupon at the Tropicana casino into $200, just enough to convince himself that he could bike 1,600 miles to his next show in Omaha.