We here at the Metro Times headquarters love a good list, even more so when it showers something we hold near and dear with accolades. Digital media group Thrillst
has been kind enough to combine the two in its America Week coverage.
In the recently released Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States
, Michigan was named numero uno for our overall awesomeness and contributions to America (i.e. food and drink, physical beauty, etc, etc.).
Here's what they had to say about us:
Far too much of the Michigan narrative centers on Detroit and its many issues. The Motor City’s become a scrappily rising underdog you can’t help but root for, but Michigan’s greatest strengths lie in the state as a whole. Did you know Michigan has more coastline than any state other than Alaska? Did you know it has such an embarrassment of beer riches that you can easily hit Bell’s and Founders in the same afternoon? Did you know the UP is so remote and uniquely beautiful that it almost feels like a secret 51st state where they inexplicably love British meat pies? Did you know most residents are more than happy to apologize for Kid Rock? If you answered yes to at least three of these than you already understand Michigan’s charms. If you answered no to these questions, you should listen to the dulcet tones of Michigan tourism pitchman Tim Allen and get yourself there immediately.
We'll go ahead and bookmark this page to share with our friends down in the Buckeye State (who, by the way, came in at a dismal 48).