UPDATE: Hey, so: false alarm. Fresno has not been voted drunkest city again. Not yet, anyway. Totally my bad; I chose to pretend this Fox News article — dated February 4, 2011 — was legitimate.
Thanks to the anonymous reader who
kindly pointed out the error in the comments. If we knew who he was, we’d buy him a drink at the Brig later.
Hey, and feel free to keep commenting. The info may be old, but the topic is still something worth talking about.
Original: Hey, look at that. A certain men’s magazine has named Fresno America’s drunkest city for the second year in a row.
Instead of again going into detail about why this is bullsh*t, let me refer you to the blog post Mike Oz wrote last year on this very subject. An excerpt:
1. One of the main factors was DUI arrests. As anybody here knows, Fresno PD is out in full force trying to nab DUI offenders. In fact, we’ve been profiled by USA Today as a model for the rest of the country. Really, it sounds like Fresno won the title of “City with the most DUI checkpoints.”
2. Sometimes I think these researchers are drunk. Let’s just say that I don’t exactly trust their methodology. In 2005, this same magazine named us the 14th fittest city in the U.S., then turned around a few months later and ranked our eating habits 89th out of 101 cities, giving us an F. Make sense? Not really.
Our view on the matter hasn’t changed a bit: these lists are totally subjective and totally without merit. Want proof? The Daily Beast, that other frequent list maker, doesn’t even feature Fresno in its list of drunkest cities.
What say you, citizens? Is there something to Fresno’s ranking, or is it just a pile of hooey?
[Thanks to reader mdub420 for the heads up.]