The Four Most Overrated Things In Life

April 17, 2009

According to a 2006 New Yorker profile, Christopher Hitchens once declared that “the four most overrated things in life were champagne, lobsters, anal sex, and picnics.” Like all of Hitch’s opinions, his Overrated List is crass yet trenchant. You may be offended, you may disagree, but you have to admit he’s on to something.

Now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can all publish Overrated Lists of our own. The rules are simple. Each List contains exactly four (4) items. You only get one (1) List per lifetime, so think hard and make it good. While your List should be unique, try not to make it too idiosyncratic (“the deli on my corner”; “things I am allergic to”). And keep in mind: overrated things are not just bad things–global warming and impetigo and Cleveland, for instance, would not make the cut, because they were never rated highly in the first place. Most overrated things are good–just not that good, for crying out loud.

Please submit your List to overratedlist@gmail.com, along with your first name, age, and city of residence. If you want your name to appear as a link to another site, please include that as well. And tell your friends! But don’t be surprised if you start an argument.


Claire’s List

September 30, 2014

1. Tailgating

2. Halloween costumes

3. Roller coasters

4. Thongs

(Claire / Brooklyn, NY / Age 31)


Caley’s List

August 3, 2014

1. Careers

2. Biological family

3. Risk management

4. Fitness

(Caley / Princeton, NJ / Age 33)


Daniel’s List

July 15, 2014

1. Progress

2. Choice

3. Efficiency

4. Kevin Spacey

(Daniel / New York, NY / Age 34)


Silvia’s List

March 8, 2012

1. Staying up late

2. California rolls

3. Milk chocolate

4. Yoga

(Silvia / New York, NY / Age 26)


Anne’s List

December 21, 2011

1. Lobster

2. Vicodin

3. Nonfat anything

4. Weddings

(Anne / San Francisco, CA / Age 45)


Jesse’s List

December 20, 2011

1. Poetry

2. The two-party system

3. Third parties

4. Parties

(Jesse / New York, NY / Age 26)


Dan’s List

December 16, 2011

1. Prime rib

2. Lawns

3. Indie production values

4. Homogeneous isotropic turbulence

(Dan / Riverdale, MD / Age 30)


Scott’s List

November 21, 2011

1. Prom

2. The Lillies of Claude Monet

3. Golf

4. Scotch

(Scott / Brawley, CA / Age 48)


Robert’s List

July 14, 2011

1. College

2. Apple computers

3. Ayn Rand

4. Atheism

(Robert / Astoria, OR / Age 17)


Chris’s List

May 25, 2011

1. The Mona Lisa

2. Being famous

3. Politicians

4. Heroin

(Chris / Melbourne, Australia / Age 41)


Tara’s List

April 27, 2011

1. Political correctness

2. Pants

3. Sleep

4. Eating

(Tara / Tuscon, AZ / Age 19)


Allison’s List

March 14, 2011

1. Radiohead

2. Balsamic vinaigrette

3. Paris

4. Drinking holidays

(Allison / Novi, MI / Age 26)


Adam’s List

March 11, 2011

1. A good steak

2. One’s home town/state/country

3. Not selling out

4. Larger than average breasts

(Adam / Chicago, IL / Age 27)


Joanna’s List

March 10, 2011

1. New York City

2. Being thin

3. Literary “quality”

4. Moisturizing

(Joanna / Boston, MA / Age 26)


Michael’s List

March 10, 2011

1. First names with ‘creative’ spellings

2. Commuting on the subway

3. The Democratic Process

4. Movies based on comic books

(Michael / Brooklyn, NY / Age 29)


Fergal’s List

March 9, 2011

1. The internet

2. The West

3. Euro-centrism

4. Atheism

(Fergal / London, UK / Age 28)


Laura’s List

March 9, 2011

1. YouTube

2. Lingerie

3. Happy hour

4. Hemp clothing

(Laura / Austin, TX / Age 38)


Giulia’s List

March 8, 2011

1. Privacy

2. Organic food

3. The British

4. Cell phones

(Giulia / London, UK / Age 24)


Frances’s List

March 8, 2011

1. French kissing

2. Nirvana (the band)

3. Clothes shopping

4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(Frances / Oxford, UK / Age 22)


Tessa’s List

March 7, 2011

1. Money

2. Blond hair

3. Working

4. Fashion

(Tessa / Age 20 / Gold Coast, Australia)


Anna’s List

March 7, 2011

1. Fashion

2. Berlusconi

3. Dogs

4. Men

(Anna / London, UK / Age 23)


Amy’s List

March 7, 2011

1. Dogs

2. Being thin

3. Sleeping

4. Coca-Cola

(Amy / Brooklyn, NY / Age 26)


Stefano’s List

March 4, 2011

1. The French Revolution

2. Darwinism

3. Condoms

4. Jesus

(Stefano / London, UK / Age 27)


King’s List

March 4, 2011

1. Facebook

2. TMZ

3. Sex

4. Self help

(King / Hollywood, CA / Age 30)


Lorenzo’s List

March 3, 2011

1. Facebook

2. Alcohol

3. Haircuts

4. Western spaghetti

(Lorenzo / London, UK / Age 24)


Colin’s List

March 3, 2011

1. Group dinners

2. Handjobs

3. Apartments with a view

4. Seasons

(Colin / Chicago, IL / Age 27)


Karen’s List

March 2, 2011

1. New Year’s Eve

2. Slow claps

3. God

4. Marriage

(Karen / London, UK / Age 28)


Sarah’s List

March 2, 2011

1. Weddings

2. Tupac

3. Slurpees

4. Thongs

(Sarah / Haymarket, VA / Age 24)


Corrato’s List

March 1, 2011

1. French food

2. Pasta

3. Soccer

4. London

(Corrato / London, UK / Age 26)


Starr’s List

March 1, 2011

1. Long lasting sex

2. Newborns

3. Weddings

4. Winning

(Starr / Berkeley, CA / Age 27)


Alessandra’s List

February 28, 2011

1. St. Valentine

2. Fancy dress

3. Excessive amount of bread varieties

4. Babies

(Alessandra / London, UK / Age 26)


Lorna’s List

February 28, 2011

1. The Beatles

2. Summer

3. Beer

4. Wolves

(Lorna / Eugene, OR / Age 19)


Catboy’s List

February 26, 2011

1. The gym

2. Wii

3. New Year’s Eve

4. Salad

(Catboy / Dubai, U.A.E. / Age 37)


Ilaria’s List

February 25, 2011

1. Soccer

2. Naked girls

3. Festivities

4. Diets

(Ilaria / London, UK / Age 27)


Jake’s List

February 25, 2011

1. Jay-Z

2. Lunch

3. American Idol

4. Video graphics

(Jake / St. Paul, MN / Age 17)


Chris’s List

February 24, 2011

1. Relationships

2. Soccer

3. Snobbery

4. Politeness

(Chris / London, UK / Age 27)


Rebecca’s List

February 24, 2011

1. Indie music/film/culture

2. Being outdoorsy

3. Being in your 20’s

4. “Buying green”

(Rebecca / Salt Lake City, UT / Age 26)


Emily’s List

February 23, 2011

1. Money

2. College

3. Domino’s pizza

4. “All natural” tobacco

(Emily / Claremont, CA / Age 18)


Federico’s List

February 23, 2011

1. Straight hair

2. Italian food

3. Japanese animation

4. Cutlery

(Federico / London, UK / Age 29)


Fiona’s List

February 22, 2011

1. Garden State

2. Radiohead

3. Agas

4. Vanity plates

(Fiona / Preston, UK / Age 23)


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