Packing a picnic basket for a day trip to the beach can be a monotonous task. Water bottles, ham-and-cheese sandwiches on white, bags of salt and vinegar chips. Or maybe, because you’re a true Philadelphian, you’re making a pit stop at Wawa for an Italian hoagie with extra sweet peppers. There’s nothing wrong with the usual. Old habits die hard and it’s a fact that hoagies taste better with salt water in the air. This summer however, we’re breaking routine and packing up some of our local Philly favorites to bring down the shore because everyone needs a taste of home away from home.
There’s lots of chatter around town questioning Philadelphia’s Pride — and I’ll admit some opinions are founded — but there’s something irksome about being called out nationally for being one of the worst cities for gay Pride.
Working from this master list from Wikipedia, I have compiled a ranking of every mayor in Philadelphia’s history, from Humphrey Morrey (appointed by William Penn in 1691) to Michael Nutter (defeated Al Taubenberger in 2007).
The mayors are ranked by how funny I think their names sound. Enjoy!
1. Michael Nutter
2. Atwood Shute
3. Isaac Roach
4. Frank Rizzo
5. Richardson Dilworth
6. Joseph Willcox
7. Jonathan Dickinson
8. William Atwood
9. Benjamin Wood Richards
10. John Inskeep
The Advocate just released its annual Gayest Cities in America list and, wouldn’t you know, Philly doesn’t make the cut. This isn’t terribly surprising news. Philly hasn’t been on the list for at least the last two years. But you may be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh made it. Coming in at No. 15, the City of Bridges earned points for its collection of women’s colleges, and the fact that it’s played home to gay icons Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein and Willa Cather.
Queerty rounds up a great collection of gay pulp fiction covers from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The exploitative works, Queerty writes, “were the literary version of Bravo: cheap, trashy entertainment exclusively for gay men and bored housewives.” And the covers were just plain hilarious. Check out 10 of them in the slideshow below, and then see the rest here.
And the hits just keep on coming for good old Atlantic City. Yesterday, I reported that Conde Nast Traveler had declared A.C. to be one of the world’s most unfriendly cities, even more unfriendly than Moscow and Los Angeles (jeez!). And now, Forbes has some more bad news for the Jersey Shore town. Read more »
Atlantic City may have the cheapest airport in the country and some of the most authentic Vietnamese food around, but it’s also one of the most unfriendly cities in the world and in the U.S., according to two separate worst of lists published by Conde Nast Traveler. Close to 50,000 readers cast their votes in an annual readers’ choice poll. Read more »
1. Philadelphia Daily News, “The Cowardly Penguin,” April 18, 2012
While this cover was strange and turned a lot of heads, Sidney Crosby himself reportedly said, “That’s probably one of the nicer things they’ve said about me here.” And Flyers fans were certainly not opposed.
Level of Controversy: 1 (out of 5)
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This week, the nation braces itself for the premiere of the Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich. The “savory and sweet breakfast treat” features bacon and fried eggs nestled between two halves of a glazed donut—a whimsical, boundary-pushing menu addition. I’m offering $5 and a roll of Tums to any officemate who’s willing to give it a go.
But in the realm of fast food monstrosities, Dunkin’ Donuts is hardly breaking new ground. Just yesterday, Foobooz reported on a disturbing (but apparently popular) “burger dog” from the Broadway Bar in Delco. In anticipation of the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, here are 12 of the most mind-blowing fast food monstrosities to ever hit value menus: Read more »
The Writer’s Guild of America—the labor union of film and TV writers—has made a list of the 101 Best-Written English-language TV shows of all time. All genres could be considered, from soap operas to children’s programs, from cartoons to talk shows. Each union member could submit up to 20 titles. After all the submissions were processed, the final list was compiled, then released this week by the Guild. Two union leaders released a joint statement that was masterful in its ability to juxtapose a number of words in the English language yet say nothing at all:
“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes. This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.”
They must write for The Talk.
Many of the picks seemed to be chosen for their revolutionary qualities—shows that presented a way of life or social issues that had never been done before. Hence shows like M*A*S*H, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Read more »