Folks like the leaders of the Durham Chamber of Commerce and Reyn Bowman of the DCVB are usually quick to boast when Durham makes one top ten list or another. Such accolades get regularly added to the "Make !T Durham" executive-recruiting campaign that the Chamber runs, or appear in one of the DCVB's occasional email blasts that trumpet the best of the Bull City.
Now Men's Health magazine has given Durham another trumpeting tribute, having taken a long, hard look at one of the rankings that only such a periodical could bring.
Durham found itself in stiff competition -- one hundred other cities and metro areas, to be precise -- but stood tall to prevail, ranking sixth in the U.S. among...
...cities that don't need Viagra.
Er, yes, it looks like that anatomically-correct bull statue unveiled to a twittering crowd in the new CCB Plaza was right on the mark. After examining rates of erectile dysfunction contributing factors like smoking and obesity; exercise rates; and the rates of urologists per capita and the number of ED prescriptions filled per capita, Men's Health came up with their ranking.
Boston, Hartford and DC topped the list, with Atlanta and Burlington following behind.
And Raleigh? HA! Take that, City of Oaks. Your symbol may be a tall tree... but you're just thirty-seventh in line when it comes to, er, you know.
Seriously, who the hell comes up with this kind of stuff?
Some may ask the same thing of us here at BCR: just why are we trumpeting this award?
Well, for one, to show how silly this whole cities-ranked thing has become.
But then again, we're also here to tell you the stories that others won't or don't.
And there's no way in heck that Reyn or the Chamber are going to be blasting this one out over their communications channels.
It's a hard job... but someone has to do it.