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Nashville vs. Memphis

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index came out last week and the results are clear: Tennessee sucks. The Volunteer State ranked 47th out of 50 in overall well-being as related to physical health, emotional health, good jobs, access to health-care, and so on. Nashville Scene blogger Betsy Phillips broke things down even further, noting that the Nashville metro area scored fairly well and would look so much better if you cut off the whole rest of the state. She then went on to ask "what Memphis is smoking," since the Bluff City ranks near the bottom in important categories, but its citizens appear to be much happier overall than those in our "it-city" state capital. Phillips, in what appeared to be a single-handed attempt to harsh our bliss, went on to suggest possible headlines for this major news story, including: "Memphis Sucks But They Don't See It That Way," "Cognitive Dissonance On The Mighty Mississippi," and "Memphis Brings Down The State Again, Still Smiles About It." Sometimes not being Nashville is enough.

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According to a list circulated by The Huffington Post, Memphis is number 22 on a list of the 25 most overrated places on earth. According to the clearly ill-informed author, "It's never a good idea when a town's main tourist attraction is also its only nightlife destination: Beale Street ... Beyond it, all there's left to see is the muddy Mississippi River." Other vastly overrated places on this obviously scientific list include London, Milan, Athens, Rome, Venice, Bruges, and Hong Kong.


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