Let’s face it, by default, we as Philly residents are often dubbed an irate group of people. After all, our lovely urban city has been named the angriest city in the nation once or twice. But is it true? Are we really haters? And if so, what is it that we love to hate so much?
Well, while we can’t speak for everyone on the former, we now have some clarity on the latter, because new data just gave us insight on the region’s top ten most hated topics. Before we get into the top ten, though, we have to let you in on one thing: the data was collected by a dating app called Hater, which matches people looking for love based solely on things they hate (yep, this app exists.). Brace yourselves, folks, because the ten are as comical, yet oddly relatable, as you’d expect.
1. Jay Leno’s chin
Seriously, according to the data, this is the most hated topic in our region.
2. Trendy bros
We don’t really know what this one means, so we’re just going to leave it up to the imagination.
3. Mayonnaise on fries
This is an actual thing?
4. The current state of the economy
…on a more serious note.
5. Rosie O’Donnell
Apparently, Philadelphians aren’t her biggest fans.
6. Eli Manning
In the city that bleeds green, this makes sense.
7. Touching the subway pole
We connect with this on a spiritual level.
8. Shoveling snow
Ahhh, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate for this one.
9. Three Doors Down
But what about Kryptonite and Here Without You?
10. Slow talkers
We don’t have all day, people!
Hater collected this data by tracking hate-swiped trends among users in the Philadelphia area. Even cooler, the app can track national data, too, which left us wondering if our top ten was uniquely Philadelphian, or if we shared any passionate distastes with our fellow Americans.
As it turns out, not a single item on our list made the national top ten list, which includes bad wifi, Donald Trump, dirty bathrooms, bad manners, and bullies, amongst other things.
Yet Hater CEO Brendan Alper is not at all surprised by our one-of-a-kind list.
“I think Philly’s top hates speak volumes,” Alper says. “It’s a town that takes music and sports very seriously (sorry Three Doors Down and Eli…). No frills. No bullshit. No mayonnaise on french fries.”
Even though we could probably find it within ourselves to rant about all of the things on the national list, there appears to be a hierarchy of “hates” in Philadelphia – and as annoying as bad wifi and Donald Trump can be, they just didn’t make the cut.