We live in a number-obsessed age obsessed. Everything is ranked. From political polling numbers to fantasy sports, the nerds have taken over and they demand that everything in life be quantified in tidy little lists. So we've created a list to destroy all lists: The IT List.
Each week our culture scientists rank their 10 favorite things in the universe. The resulting list is infallible. The list is perfect. If you don't agree with the list, you are wrong. Some items may stay atop the list for weeks, others may only make a brief appearance. Some items are Portland-centric, but only because Portland is at the center of the universe. Please do not write to us, asking for the metrics behind the list. We will not provide source material. We will not be swayed. Bow down to the list. Love the list, as the list loves all things. Let the list move through you. (And, you know, if you have suggestions for the list, stick them in the comments section below.)
Vanquished the morally bankrupt Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll probably find one of Tom Brady's Man Uggz up his ass this week, though.
3. Vermin Supreme
Obama's big challenge-from-the-left is finally here, and he's the only presidential candidate who supports giving every American a pony.
4. Sizzle Pie West
The new outlet in the old Rocco's location will be the site of many, many post-boozing evenings to come.
5. Making tortillas at home
It is way easier than you think it is.
6. New episodes of Sherlock
Two new installments (and a third on the way!) of the BBC's brilliant modern day Sherlock Holmes series remind us just how much better it is than the Robert Downey Jr. films.
Thank God they reunited, ending the failed Mars Volta experiment and making posthardcore music matter again.
The climactic fight scene involves erotic asphyxiation, a Zip-Loc full of semen and a whole roast lamb.
9. The packaging for Lost Lander's DRRT
The album is cool, but the CD packagingâwhich folds out into a planetariumâis even cooler. Get a peek here.
10. John C. Reilly's fear of hamsters in Carnage.
"I don't touch those things."