Because we at BlogDailyHerald like to watch and pick petty fights on the Internet, we’re borrowing a most excellent series from Gawker Media’s Deadspin. The site has ranked everything from light beers to every age 40 and under, with little to no comment attached. The goal? Not just to give an unearned platform to one author’s totally not authoritative personal opinion, but also to start a conversation. This ranking may be (completely) unscientific, even “useless,” but together I know we can put together a definitive list. Comment with your staunch support or vehement disagreement!
13. Spicy Brown Mustard. It must suck to win the bronze… among the mustards.
12. Chevre Spread. What the fuck is a Chevre?
11. Yellow Mustard. Sure, it’s a classic, but why not live a little?
10. Fat Free Italian. I’m not sure what chemicals had to go into this dressing to make it fat free, but I’m into it.
We all know that Ellen Degeneres (read: Hank) is America’s sweetheart, and now it seems that Providence has become the Ellen of America. According to Travel+Leisure, Providence ranks as the #1 Top City Overall. Move over Los Angeles and New York – it’s time for the underdog to shine!
Travel+Leisure compiled responses from many surveys that asked readers to rank certain aspects of a city that ranged from sandwiches to gay-friendliness, on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). Providence seems to have weaved its way into many of the categories’ top spots! For example, it is considered the second best city for street food (go Mama Kim’s!), the best city for diners, and the best city for bakeries. Yes, I’m just focusing on food here, because, really, all you need is food.
Rankings are always an iffy topic because they tend to be extremely subjective, and Brown doesn’t always fare too well in those that “matter,” whatever that means. But hey, these Travel+Leisure rankings are basically telling us that we’re living in the best city out there, so I guess we can roll with that.
Forget that you’ve never heard of the website before, and forget that they left out Dave Binder: Baeble Music heard about the party we’re throwing this weekend, and they approved, ranking Brown’s Spring Weekend the Top College Music Festival of 2014!
They may have left Dave Binder’s show out of their blurb, but the photo they chose speaks volumes.
The win is no small feat, as the website ranks us among other top contenders like Vanderbilt (whose “Rites of Spring” fest lasts two full weekends), and Yale (whose Spring Fling lineup eerily resembles ours, but without the added Providence flair of What Cheer? Brigade, as the listicle notes).
The Columbia Lion published a complete list of spring lineups around the Ivies, a list which further, incontrovertibly, proves how dominant Brown’s lineup is among those of our peers. And can we take a moment to make fun of Princeton for calling its event “Spring Lawnparties”?
Princeton’s “Lawnparties” Lineup did not make Baeble Music’s list.
…And by ever, I mean in the United States in 2014 according to Livability.com. Yep, PVD beat out urban luminaries such as Indianapolis, Eugene, and Provo. (You couldn’t find 10 downtowns better than Provo?) Only Fort Worth, Texas beat out Providence. Livability didn’t just make this up; they had some impressive statistics on their side:
The public library was recently redone.
Half the office space in Rhode Island is in downtown Providence.
The city’s median age is 28.
The city’s workers only have to commute an average of 16 minutes to work.
We have WaterFire.
Also, the above picture is clearly a fabrication. It seems to imply that the trees will at some point sprout leaves and that it at some point will be warm enough to walk around in short sleeves. Lies.
Huffington Post, apparently having run out of ideas for best-oflists, has deemed Brown to be among the most interesting schools in the country. It’s unclear what actually counts as “interesting,” considering that other colleges qualify due to anything from partying a lot (ASU/UCSB) to not being racist (congrats University of Alabama?) or the occasional cheating scandal (sorry, Harvard).
Brunonia’s qualifications, meanwhile, are predictably mainly related to nudity, protests, and… Pixar? Well, at least they didn’t talk about O’Reilly and Jesse Watters.
In a completely subjective ranking by HerCampus.com, Brown has been deemed the most progressive school in the nation. Considering we’ve dipped our toes in the top lists of sexiest, hipster-est, and happiest schools–just to name a few–it only makes sense that we’d come out on top in an all-encompassing ranking of liberality and forward-thinking. Being labeled as the “most progressive” basically covers all the artsy/alternative/offbeat/generalize-as-you-will bases in one foul sweep. In other words, Brown continues to be regarded as the shit.
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