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1143875 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-01-06 17:16:58.0 UTC 2011-01-06T12:16:58.000-05:00 florida-made-the-list-but-what-does-it-mean Published 2011-01-06 17:16:59.0 UTC 2011-01-06T12:16:59.000-05:00 features/popculture DTI 70182197 Things you never needed to know: The University of South Florida is the third hairiest college in the country. Tampa is the 17th drunkest city. Jacksonville is sorely undersexed at 59. In the arbitrary world of lists, Florida is a little of everything. Sexiest. Smelliest. Dumbest. Friendliest. New lists constantly surface, trading complex experiences for … 1. Tidy 2. Order 3. And 4. Dumb 5. Luck List articles, or "listicles," are concise and easy to digest, and therefore popular. Magazines love them because numbers on the cover sell better than stodgy old words. Companies love them because they help sling products. We love them, and why not? We rank our military, clergy, favorite songs, Biggest Losers and American Idols. We make grocery lists and honey-do lists and playlists. We rank everything. "There's more and more information available," said Bert Sperling, who in 1987 started his famous Sperling's Best Places lists with Money magazine. "Anyone can do their own research. That means there's less time and more choices for people to have to make. They're looking for lists that are distillations." Colleges clamor to shine on the U.S. News and World Report tally of best schools, even if it means easing admission and test requirements. Hospitals enjoy the glory, too. This summer, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa General Hospital and All Children's Hospital placed in the magazine's list of the top 50 hospitals. Other lists are confusing, if not teetering on doomsday material. And if you look below the surface, they're often self-serving, presented online in formats that make you click through dozens of pages to increase web traffic. Men's Health calls rank stories "Metrogrades." This year, it claimed St. Pete as one of the 10 worst cities for both men and women, based on cancer rates, heart disease, fatness. Tampa placed 49th on a Daily Beast list of smartest cities, dropping 16 spots from the year before. But hey, we beat Orlando (50)! Forbes often ranks the best cities for singles. In 2007, Tampa came in at a cat shelter-sexy 32. As an added bonus, Forbes named Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys our most eligible bachelor. The same year, Tampa was 24th on their drunkest cities list. According to Travel and Leisure, Orlando is totally awesome. No. 1 for family vacations and inclusive resorts. Eight for affordable hotels, 12 for Christmas fun. But museums suffer a sharp slice to the listy gut — 35. Ten years ago, Sperling started doing research for companies seeking editorial coverage for their products. "We are bombarded by advertising, and the only way we can function is to ignore it," said Sperling. "By getting in the news somehow, they're rising above the clutter, in advertising speak." Fujifilm was the first, he said, commissioning him to find photogenic cities. He works with about 15 companies and five magazines each year, turning down the ones with an agenda, he said. He has distanced himself from Men's Health, Daily Beast and Forbes, which have veered toward salacious surveys. "I don't have fun bashing, say, Detroit or Cleveland or places that are sort of on the ropes in some way," he said. "Every place is somebody's hometown. Every place is special in some way." Those hyperbolic rankings aren't taken too seriously. "We have nothing to do with them," said Chris Thompson, president of Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing company. "We have no clue, don't even know about them until they're published. … I can't think of any instance where we've actually raised one of those rankings on high and said, 'Look at this.' " In 2009, two Tampa Bay potties made a list of America's best bathrooms — St. Pete's NOVA 535 Unique Event Space and the Tampa Theatre. The contest was presented by Cintas, a company whose products include — you guessed it — bathroom supplies. It's symbiotic, said NOVA 535 owner Michael S. Novilla. It helps Cintas, and it helps his business. "Having a $4 billion global company call and say that we've made the top 10 out of 5 million, that's a big deal," he said. "You have to differentiate yourself from your competition." Tampa Theatre made a Delta Sky magazine list of top 10 iconic planetary showplaces, and a Life list of 21 places not to miss. And patrons still talk about the bathroom hullabaloo. "I think it helps to validate Tampa Theatre's specialness," said Tara Schroeder, theater programming director. "It's one thing to live here and know that the Tampa Theatre is special, but to see that people around the world are taking notice is a nice feeling." The marketers at Visit Florida eschew rankings for a finely tuned cocktail of consumer segmentation, demographics, psychographics, trends and keyword searches. Yawn. But Popcrunch.com rates USF the 32nd hottest college in the country! Tailgating babes in tank tops! You actually really can't go wrong going to school anywhere in Florida, it says. Just think about that if you're considering Minnesota or somewhere equally goofy. As for the hairiest college … Only a third of guys at USF sport a clean shave, a recent report from Sperling's company said. Researchers observed shaving habits at 60 campuses. A research company surmised that guys who shave are happier, more social and have twice as much sex as their hairy peers. Who commissioned the whole thing? Schick Hydro. A brand of ­razors. By Stephanie Hayes, Times Staff Writer Features,Pop Culture Florida made the list! But what does it mean? SHAYESN Depending on whom you ask, Tampa is one of the drunkest, fattest or sexiest cities in America. But do those rankings mean anything?<br /><br /> TBT Spec TBT SURVEY SAYS&#8230; WHAT, EXACTLY? <p><b>Where does Tampa rank?</b></p><p>A sampling of where Tampa, St. Pete and some local institutions ranked in a few recent studies:</p><p><b>Hairiest Colleges: </b>University of South Florida, 3 (Schick Hydro razors, 2010)</p><p>America's smartest cities: Tampa, 49 (Daily Beast, 2010)</p><p><b>Hottest colleges: </b>USF, 32 (&#173;Popcrunch.com, 2010)</p><p><b>Worst cities for men and women: </b>St. Pete, 95 (for men); St. Pete, 93 (for women) (<i>Men's Health</i>, <i>Women's Health</i> 2010)</p><p><b>Best cities for singles: </b>Tampa, 32 (<i>Forbes</i>, 2007)</p><p><b>Best bathrooms:</b> NOVA 535 and Tampa Theatre (Cintas, 2009)</p><p><b>Drunkest c</b>ities: Tampa, 17 (Daily Beast, 2010)</p><p><b>Best strip clubs: </b>Mons Venus, Tampa, 8 (askmen.com, 2008)</p><p><b>Best places for military retirees</b>: Tampa, 5 (USAA insurance and military.com, 2010)</p><p><b>Fattest cities:</b> Tampa, 36 (<i>Men's Health</i>, 2010)</p> In House 52 t_list-surveys010711 SURVEY SAYS&#8230; WHAT, EXACTLY? 2011-01-07 05:00:00.0 UTC 2011-01-07T00:00:00.000-05:00 List articles, or "listicles," are concise, easy to digest and therefore popular. Magazines with numbers on the cover have long sold better then ones with just, you know, words. Any why not? We rank our military, our clergy, our favorite songs, our Biggest Losers and American Idols. We make grocery lists and honey-do lists and playlists. We rank everything. Some lists &#8212; best beaches, hospitals, colleges &#8212; can guide life changes, vacations, educations. Others are confusing, if not teetering on doomsday material. And if you look below the surface, the source is often self-serving. tampa, surveys, polls, studies, city surveys, Visit Florida, popcrunch, university of south florida, hairiest, schick hydro, travel and leisure, nova 535, tampa theatre, men's health, daily beast false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/01/06/70182197-florida-made-the-list-but-what-does-it-mean StaffArticle features,pop culturePop Culturetampa, surveys, polls, studies, city surveys, Visit Florida, popcrunch, university of south florida, hairiest, schick hydro, travel and leisure, nova 535, tampa theatre, men's health, daily beastStephanie Hayes 380213 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:32:28.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:28.000-04:00 stephanie-hayes published Stephanie Hayes <p>Stephanie Hayes is the arts and entertainment editor for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>, directing features coverage and the <i>Times</i>' staff of critics. Previously, she was performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the <i>Times</i>' style blog, <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/divas">Deal Divas</a>She started writing for the <i>Times</i> in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the <i>Times</i>' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.</p> Times Arts and Entertainment Editor writers DTI 33744881 Stephanie Hayes is the arts and entertainment editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal DivasShe started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8716</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:shayes@tampabay.com ">shayes@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href=" http://twitter.com/stephhayes">@StephHayes</a></p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/divas">Deal Divas</a></p> 1 Stephanie Hayes column sig /resources/images/dti/2016/06/Hayes_Stephanie_web_17341938.jpg EVE EDELHEIT | Times true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33744881-stephanie-hayes AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:32:28.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:28.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">STEPHANIE HAYES</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2278032 2016-05-19 13:16:33.0 UTC 3 Months Ago whats-john-doe-reading features/books What's John Doe reading? StaffArticle 2272899 2016-04-18 00:00:00.0 UTC 4 Months Ago tell-me-about-it-defending-mean-kids-does-them-no-favors features/relationships Tell Me About It: Defending mean kids does them no favors StaffArticle 2278035 2016-05-19 13:17:30.0 UTC 3 Months Ago authors-talk-about-what-books-mean-to-them-at-bookexpo-america features/books Authors talk about what books mean to them at BookExpo America StaffArticle <p>Things you never needed to know:</p> <p>The University of South Florida is the third hairiest college in the country. Tampa is the 17th drunkest city. Jacksonville is sorely undersexed at 59. </p> <p>In the arbitrary world of lists, Florida is a little of everything. Sexiest. Smelliest. Dumbest. Friendliest. New lists constantly surface, trading complex experiences for …</p> <p>1. Tidy</p> <p>2. Order</p> <p>3. And</p> <p>4. Dumb</p> <p>5. Luck</p> <p>List articles, or &quot;listicles,&quot; are concise and easy to digest, and therefore popular. Magazines love them because numbers on the cover sell better than stodgy old words. Companies love them because they help sling products.</p> <p>We love them, and why not? We rank our military, clergy, favorite songs, Biggest Losers and American Idols. We make grocery lists and honey-do lists and playlists.</p> <p>We rank everything.</p> <p>&quot;There's more and more information available,&quot; said Bert Sperling, who in 1987 started his famous Sperling's Best Places lists with <i>Money</i> magazine. &quot;Anyone can do their own research. That means there's less time and more choices for people to have to make. They're looking for lists that are distillations.&quot;</p> <p>Colleges clamor to shine on the <i>U.S. News and World Report </i>tally of best schools, even if it means easing admission and test requirements. Hospitals enjoy the glory, too. This summer, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa General Hospital and All Children's Hospital placed in the magazine's list of the top 50 hospitals.</p> <p>Other lists are confusing, if not teetering on doomsday material. And if you look below the surface, they're often self-serving, presented online in formats that make you click through dozens of pages to increase web traffic.</p> <p><i>Men's Health</i> calls rank stories &quot;Metrogrades.&quot; This year, it claimed St. Pete as one of the 10 worst cities for both men and women, based on cancer rates, heart disease, fatness.</p> <p>Tampa placed 49th on a Daily Beast list of smartest cities, dropping 16 spots from the year before. But hey, we beat Orlando (50)!</p> <p><i>Forbes </i>often ranks the best cities for singles. In 2007, Tampa came in at a cat shelter-sexy 32. As an added bonus, <i>Forbes </i>named Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys our most eligible bachelor. The same year, Tampa was 24th on their drunkest cities list.</p> <p>According to <i>Travel and Leisure</i>, Orlando is totally awesome. No. 1 for family vacations and inclusive resorts. Eight for affordable hotels, 12 for Christmas fun. But museums suffer a sharp slice to the listy gut — 35.</p> <p>Ten years ago, Sperling started doing research for companies seeking editorial coverage for their products.</p> <p>&quot;We are bombarded by advertising, and the only way we can function is to ignore it,&quot; said Sperling. &quot;By getting in the news somehow, they're rising above the clutter, in advertising speak.&quot;</p> <p>Fujifilm was the first, he said, commissioning him to find photogenic cities. He works with about 15 companies and five magazines each year, turning down the ones with an agenda, he said. He has distanced himself from <i>Men's Health</i>, Daily Beast and<i> Forbes</i>, which have veered toward salacious surveys.</p> <p>&quot;I don't have fun bashing, say, Detroit or Cleveland or places that are sort of on the ropes in some way,&quot; he said. &quot;Every place is somebody's hometown. Every place is special in some way.&quot;</p> <p>Those hyperbolic rankings aren't taken too seriously.</p> <p>&quot;We have nothing to do with them,&quot; said Chris Thompson, president of Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing company. &quot;We have no clue, don't even know about them until they're published. … I can't think of any instance where we've actually raised one of those rankings on high and said, 'Look at this.' &quot;</p> <p>In 2009, two Tampa Bay potties made a list of America's best bathrooms — St. Pete's NOVA 535 Unique Event Space and the Tampa Theatre. The contest was presented by Cintas, a company whose products include — you guessed it — bathroom supplies.</p> <p>It's symbiotic, said NOVA 535 owner Michael S. Novilla. It helps Cintas, and it helps his business.</p> <p>&quot;Having a $4 billion global company call and say that we've made the top 10 out of 5 million, that's a big deal,&quot; he said. &quot;You have to differentiate yourself from your competition.&quot;</p> <p>Tampa Theatre made a <i>Delta Sky</i> magazine list of top 10 iconic planetary showplaces, and a <i>Life </i>list of 21 places not to miss. And patrons still talk about the bathroom hullabaloo.</p> <p>&quot;I think it helps to validate Tampa Theatre's specialness,&quot; said Tara Schroeder, theater programming director. &quot;It's one thing to live here and know that the Tampa Theatre is special, but to see that people around the world are taking notice is a nice feeling.&quot;</p> <p>The marketers at Visit Florida eschew rankings for a finely tuned cocktail of consumer segmentation, demographics, psychographics, trends and keyword searches.</p> <p>Yawn.</p> <p>But Popcrunch.com rates USF the 32nd hottest college in the country! Tailgating babes in tank tops!</p> <p><i>You actually really can't go wrong going to school anywhere in Florida, </i>it says. <i>Just think about that if you're considering Minnesota or somewhere equally goofy.</i></p> <p>As for the hairiest college …</p> <p>Only a third of guys at USF sport a clean shave, a recent report from Sperling's company said. Researchers observed shaving habits at 60 campuses. A research company surmised that guys who shave are happier, more social and have twice as much sex as their hairy peers.</p> <p>Who commissioned the whole thing?</p> <p>Schick Hydro. A brand of &shy;razors.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:45:35