Is Philly Really the Angriest City in America? | f11photo | f11photo

Listicles are, as a general rule, nothing to get too riled up about. Ever since Buzzfeed proved you could build an empire on the back of “17 Things You Won’t Believe Happened When A Porcupine Kitten Met Donald Trump,” the medium has proven to be clickbait gold, irresistible to writers in need of attention and pitches.

And so when Travel + Leisure declared Philly the fifth least attractive city, it was nothing personal — just another day on the Internet. Similarly, when Lonely Planet deemed us the No. 1 city to visit in the United States — followed by Natchez, Mississippi, which is apparently a real place — New York didn’t sweat it.

But Philly’s latest honor deserves a second look. Thrillist seems to think we have an anger problem, awarding Philly the top spot on its “11 Angriest Cities in America, Ranked by Irrationality” list.  Read more »

SPLC: Hate Groups Rise in Pa., Wane in N.J.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's map of hate groups in Pennsylvania.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate groups in Pennsylvania.

The number of hate groups in Pennsylvania rose slightly in 2015, a new report says, while dropping greatly in New Jersey.

The Southern Poverty Law Center last week issued its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism Report, a project that also includes the center’s interactive “hate map” showing which groups are active in each state.

The map shows that Pennsylvania has 40 documented hate groups, up from 38 in last year’s report. New Jersey, meanwhile, saw a radical change — from 40 groups in the 2014 report to in 2015. (Delaware had just five named groups.) Read more »

Just How Buzzed Are Pa. College Students?

Pennsylvania ranks among the nation’s Top 10 states in the rate of both drug and alcohol arrests of college students.

The numbers, from a new report by Project Know, were first reported by U.S. News & World Report. But the report’s authors said didn’t know if the numbers reflected the relative level of enforcement in each state, or the relative level of drug and alcohol use.

“The answer is that it could be either,” they wrote, and later added: “Whether high rates of arrests and referrals actually indicate high levels of crime, or just high rates of catching offenders, is a much harder problem.” Read more »

Wharton Says America’s the (Fourth) Best Country in the World

wharton david reibstein rankings

America, left. Wharton’s David Reibstein, right.

The United States is the world’s most powerful and most influential country. But is it the best country? Nope, a new report says: The honor belongs to Germany.

Or at least that’s how U.S. News & World Report sees things in its new “Best Countries” rankings, released Wednesday. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania joined the magazine and WPP in determining the rankings. Sixty countries were included in the rankings; Canada and the U.K. were also ahead of the U.S. in the overall rankings.

“Countries need to be concerned about their brands, because it has an impact on the economy of the country just the same as it does firms,” David Reibstein, a Wharton marketing professor, said in a video released with the rankings. “That economic value comes by tourism, foreign direct investment, willingness to buy goods through trade. There’s an economic return to a nation’s brand.” Read more »

Philly No Longer America’s Top Bedbug City


Good news: Philly is no longer America’s top bedbug city. Detroit claims the honors in the latest rankings from Terminix, the pest-extermination company.

The bad news: We didn’t slip very far: After four years on top, Philly only dropped to No. 2 this year.

But don’t feel too bad, Philly: There are lots of bedbugs everywhere these days.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s,” Paul Curtis, Terminix’s manager of technical services, said in a statement accompanying the rankings. Read more »

America’s Best School District Is in Chester County

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View

Chester County’s Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is the top school district in the country, according to a new ranking from

The ranking was based on district info obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, along with parents and student reviews, as well as other factors.

Here’s Niche’s rundown on the district:

“Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is centered in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania. It has 6,537 students attending 8 schools in grades K-12. According to state standards, 90% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $104,474,000, spending an average of $16,180 per student. There have been 215 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.” Read more »

8 Most Beautiful Women in Philadelphia History


A bevy of beauties. | Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr. 

Today would have been the 86th birthday of the remarkably beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, born, of course, Grace Kelly, right here in our town. Philly may not be Paris or New York City, but by gum, it’s done all right by itself in the looks department. South Philly in particular has been a hotbed of hotness, producing several world-class beauties. Here, from Colonial times to the Roaring ’20s to the decadent ’70s to now, are some of the loveliest women ever to call this city home.  Read more »

Penn Makes Highly Dubious List of 20 Prettiest Colleges on Earth

The “BuzzFeed community” has ranked the Most Beautiful College Campuses in the World, and the good news is that Penn is on the list, at number 13, represented by photos of a snow-covered Quad and the LOVE statue. The bad news is that the Most Beautiful College in the World is someplace called Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where 2,000 lucky students get to wallow in glory that surpasses that of every other college campus on earth. (Berry’s photos show a grandiose quad with a reflecting pool and very bad grass, as well as a Teutonic-looking farm.) Read more »

America’s Top 10 Fears Are Really Scary


There is something seriously wrong with me.

I was just perusing this year’s report on Chapman University’s annual survey of the things Americans fear most, and I am totally out of step with the rest of you. Do you want to know what America is most afraid of now, right now, at this moment in 2015? The terror that most torments you, that keeps you up at night tossing and turning? Is it the existential question of what happens after we die? Losing a child? Trump winning? Public speaking?

Nah. According to the crack research team at Chapman University, the number one fear in the nation is corrupt public officials.

Ooooooh, I’m quaking in my shoes. Read more »

« Older Posts