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.

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