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Bizarre survey o' the day

For reasons work-related, I was digging around in the archives of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and while I failed to find what I was looking for, I did turn up this:

"Based on a survey released Thursday [5th March] of cities with American-made cars, hunting license applications, barbecue restaurants, monster truck rallies and hardware stores -- among other masculine attributes -- Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., claims to represent the "manliest" congressional district in America.

The survey, commissioned by Mars Snackfood U.S., looked at various manliness factors and then ranked 50 U.S. cities. Nashville, at the eastern end of Blackburn's 7th District, came in first and is referred to as "the mecca of manliness."

Ahem, men in Nashville wear rhinestones..... Mind you, 'Most of the district's residents have not been represented by a Democrat since 1973'. Source

The top ten looks like this:

  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Denver, Colo.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Toledo, Ohio

  • The full 50 is here

    I hear good things of Cinci, and was impressed by what I have seen of Denver, and although I consider myself deeply masculine (2 boy children bearing my name and all that), I think I would still prefer NYC, which finishes fiftieth: "Despite high ratings in the "bowling" category, New York City ranked at the bottom of the manly survey due to low scores in manly indicators such as "fishing," "home improvement" and "drag racing."

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    Blogger JuliaM said... 4:43 pm

    "...low scores in manly indicators such as "fishing," "home improvement" and "drag racing.""'Home improvement' in this instance presumably meaning shedbuilding, garage-construction and patio-laying.

    Not picking out curtains and border arranging...?  

    Blogger Croydonian said... 5:20 pm

    Good point.  

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