February 13th, 2012 | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: It List

The It List: The Top 10 Things in Portland and the World

     
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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.)

1. Washington legalizes gay marriage

Which means Portland is now more backwards than Vancouver.

Holding it steady in #2 for a second week, this is still the most romantic thing you can do tommorow.

3. People walking out of PIFF screenings in disgust.
A serial killer movie? Why not? But dude shoots a dog? Time for lunch! 

4. Girl Scout Cookie Season!
Refresher: Samoas and Thin Mints are best crunched up in vanilla ice cream; Tagalongs are best dipped in milk. Boxes of any of them make great Valentine's Day gifts, because nothing says "I was in front of a Safeway and I thought 'oh, fuck, Valentine's Day!'" like a box of Girl Scout cookies.

5. Menthol cough drops "with cooling vapors."

Because, so far, they're the only effective tool we've found to counter the symptoms of the Cough that Does not End. (If you've had it, you know.)

6. The potato chips at Shut Up and Eat.
We'll buy a sandwich just to get a bag.

7. Sherlock
The BBC's awesome modern day Sherlock Holmes series makes a shock return the the list after four weeks out, because another WW staffer just discovered it on Netflix.

8. Hush puppies
Why isn't there a food cart dedicated solely to hush puppies? We love hush puppies!

9. Target finally confirms it's moving into the Galleria
Screw you, haters: like a Saturday Market pop-up store is any better. Some of us who live downtown need affordable towels!

10. Peanut butter and chocolate malt balls from Food Front

Mmmmmmm.
 
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