Florida has been ranked rock-bottom in a list of American states, prompting a light-hearted backlash from local media.
The Sunshine State was beneath all 49 other states when rated by a lifestyle website on ‘everything’.
Included in the assessment was the states’ ‘contributions to America’, ‘inventions’, ‘food/drink’, ‘productive famous people’ and ‘unique physical beauty’.
The absolute worst: The Sunshine State was beneath all 49 other states when rated by a lifestyle website on ‘everything’
But Thrillist decided Florida had the least to offer in the whole country, explaining that it’s ‘awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive’ that no other state could compete.
The brief explanation of its badness continued: ‘You were born for this. Embrace it.’
But the Miami Herald, among other publications in the US’s third-most populous state, took the ranking in its stride.
The paper wrote: ‘Florida, the state that gave the nation a mathematics lesson in the 2000 president election, the state that has the best subs in the nation (thanks, Publix) and the state that gave us the Florida Man Twitter feed. The worst.’
It added: ‘Win some and lose some, we guess.’
And they even defended Floridian rapper Pitbull.
Consolation prize: The Miami Herald, among other publications in the US’s third-most populous state, took the ranking in its stride – and even defended Floridian rapper Pitbull (pictured with Jennifer Lopez in 2011)
The 49th worst state, meanwhile, was Delaware, of which Thrillist explained: ‘Even people from Delaware don’t really fight back all that hard when you make fun of Delaware.’
Top of the list was Michigan, which was praised for its cuisine and coastline.