April 16th, 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. Seattle makes us feel inferior again by winning a couple Pulitzers
It's good for Portland to be humbled. It was getting so you couldn't walk down the street without somebody handing you a Peabody.

2. Hologram Ol Dirty Bastard
You realize it's only a matter of time, right?

3. Record Store Day
Like we needed another reason to put a lot of vinyl on plastic!

4. Packy the Elephant will be the Grand Marshal of this year's Rose Festival
Not a bad consolation prize for losing to Jack Bogdanski.

5. Eugene's Cornbread Cafe
Sure, we've got vegan Southern diners in Portland (presumably) but the one in Eugene is great. Hat tip to Eugene Weekly for naming it its best new restaurant.

6. Brett Gelman
He performed roughly two-gazillion times during this past weekend's Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and confounded audiences as often as he killed. Which was a lot

7. The Republia Times
Ever wanted to know what it feels like to run a state-owned newspaper in a brutal dictatorship? Now you can, with this great in-browser game. It's nerve-wracking.

8. Glow in the dark quarters!
!!!

9. Waxy.org turns 10
Portland's most famous blog (we think) hits double digits.

10. This very detailed map of Springfield, OR, home of The Simpsons.
 
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