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Of all of Portland’s colorful characters, none are as easily recognized as The Unipiper, with his fire-breathing bagpipes, colorful costumes, and unicycle, reports of Unipiper sightings stretch back over a decade. The origin of The Unipiper is shrouded in mystery, but reportedly stems from an incident with local-resident Brian Kidd involving a bite from a radioactive unicycle incurred while playing the bagpipes, granting him the power to make people smile. Ever since, he has roamed the streets of Portland, protecting its citizens from all that is normal and standing up to those that would seek to silence the weird. Internet fame soon followed when eyewitness videos of The Unipiper went viral, winding up on such websites as CNN and the front page of Reddit. Youtube commenter kjun13 calls The Unipiper "the most internet-y thing on the internet." The Unipiper has earned his place as the city’s unofficial ambassador of weird, having represented Portland in a variety of foreign lands from Scotland to Japan. In 2016 The Unipiper was crowned ‘Best Local Celebrity in Portland’ by the Willamette Week and with recent appearances on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, ‘America’s Got Talent’, and ‘The Gong Show’, The Unipiper has solidified his position as a true Portland icon. When asked about the enduring appeal of The Unipiper, Kidd says, "don’t think too hard about it. If you don’t understand The Unipiper there’s a lot you probably won’t understand about Portland. Keeping Portland Weird isn’t a one-person job, but as they say, with great power comes great responsibility.”