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11 more reasons Fresno is the dirtiest city in America

By now, you’ve heard that Forbes ranked Fresno as the dirtiest city in the country, a designation based on air quality and water cleanliness. Ya know, science and stuff. Most Fresnans reacting to this news, however, have been using the ranking as a reason to spout off about how dirty the city is in more visible ways, like litter on the freeway. (And they’ve proven they didn’t actually read the story, way to go, guys!)

Since you Fresnans want the other kinda dirty, and Forbes ain’t measuring that, we at The Beehive have culled together 11 other things that make Fresno dirty. Fair warning: Some of what you’ll find below is a tad NSFW and thus, not fit for clean minds. Oh, the filth. Let’s roll around in it.

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Fresno: The dirtiest city in the land, says Forbes

Forbes put out its “America’s Dirtiest Cities” list this morning, giving Fresno its “booby prize” for being the dirtiest and, in the process, not really telling us anything about our city that we didn’t already know.

Yes, Fresno has poor air quality. Yes, the water here isn’t the greatest — though Forbes uses a 10-year-old example when plenty has been written about the subject since then. From Forbes’ explainer:

The environmental degradation of the Central Valley has many contributing factors. First of all, its geography doesn’t do it any favors. It’s a big, long bowl surrounded on three sides by mountains that trap pollutants from cars and factories and oil fields in an inversion layer. Second, it’s a victim of what brought people there in the first place — rich fertile soils from which grow much of America’s fruits and vegetables. For decades farmers would burn leftover cuttings from their fields after the harvest — dumping massive amounts of lung-choking particulate matter into the air. Burning has been banned since 2004, and the air has gotten cleaner since then, but there’s still a long way to go.

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SURVEY SAYS: Fresno State named a top 20 “dangerous” university. School objects. [The Bee]

BUT WAIT: List gets revised. Fresno’s not on it anymore. *facepalm* [The Bee]

OTHER SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is the 11th most diverse city. [Men's Health]

WTF FRESNO: Woman carrying heroin pulls gun on dog. [The Bee]

OMG FRESNO: OMG Facts, followed by five million, shares a Fresno fact. [OMG facts]

THIS HAPPENED: Famed vlogger Bethany Mota Black Friday’ing in Fresno. [YouTube]

COMING SOON: Walmart Neighborhood Market … which apparently is a real thing. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: The newest episode of “Nothing To Do.” [GottaLoveFresno]

(DON’T) WATCH THIS: Fresno “Gangnam Style” flash mob. [YouTube]

READ THIS: Fresno Famous talks to King Tuff. [Famous]

SPORTS: Fresno State b-ball adds explosive dunker. [Sports Buzz]

ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Jacob H. hates Landmark and, well, everything. [Yelp]

TWEET OF THE DAY: Actor Donal Logue wants CSI: Fresno. [@donallogue]

THE MORE YOU KNOW: When in Fresno, rapper Chingo Bling goes to Al Rico’s. [YouTube]