10 Reasons BuzzFeed's "36 Reasons Why Arizona is the Best State" Sucks

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By now you've probably seen BuzzFeed's trending post, "36 Reasons Why Arizona Is The Best State," and if you're like us you were disappointed because, given its 36 pathetic attempts at promoting state pride, this list bordered on satirical. Come on, "inde1500 /sebastiana2," is that the best you could come up with?

Don't get us wrong. We're not bashing our own home state, we're simply embarrassed by how short this list sells it. Between the bad puns and even worse exclusions, we've put together a list of the 10 reasons why BuzzFeed's "36 Reasons Why Arizona Is The Best State" is a joke.

See also:
50 Reasons Why Arizona is the Best State in the Country
11 Reasons to Love Summer in Arizona

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10. We'd like to see the agenda for a day that entails both of these activities. We imagine it starts somewhere around 5 a.m. for sunbathing and involves 9 p.m. night skiing.

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ourtortsystem
ourtortsystem

and it's also hot as hell in AZ, which exacerbates this list.

THEMAN
THEMAN

California is the best state to live in because of the people, the open mindset, and the lifestyle. People in the other states have sticks up there asses and can't even distinguish left from right. They're too caught up in their conservative views of preserving their so called "traditions" when they could spending all that precious time trying to innovate and create new ideas. You know why conservative are called conservatives? Because all they know how to do is dig up the past and live in regret. Conservative do not know the meaning of progress or innovation. Why do you think California has the Silicon Valley? Why is Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and every other major technological company right here? We are a prospering state that consumes and procreates new ideas to forward America. All of you conservatives will be wiped out soon anyways once our generation grows up to be the political figures of America!!!

Friggen old people and their ways....

ksabo1963
ksabo1963

Bitter table for 1 - oh and for the AZ native - live anywhere else?? Cause that is the only way your opinion matters - I have and I can say it is better than Texas, California, Utah and Colorado 


Taylor Combs
Taylor Combs

As an AZ native I can and will talk smack. AZ overall blows and this list sums it up, another fly over.

Amber Calhoun Kern
Amber Calhoun Kern

@jmhearns maybe they'll stay away! We don't need anymore people. Lol

shirejedi
shirejedi

10. I could see someone spending a sunny afternoon in Phoenix and driving *3* hours north to spend the afternoon skiing.

9. I think snow is mentioned so often because outsiders are surprised by it and one of the main draws is that we have warm weather 9 months out of the year but weather can be diverse across the state.
8. Don't New Jersey and Oklahoma deserve it? New Jersey looks like a shit hole -- not to mention the people.
7. Meteor crater is pretty cool in my opinion. Sorry for liking science and history.
6. Afraid of water or something? The Hoover Dam is a great feat of engineering and it is a "man-made wonder."
5. Some people don't care about arts and culture -- calm down New Times, that's your arena anyway. Also, nice plug for your "Arts and Theater Newsletter."
4. I'm more astonished than anything about the abandoned highways in that picture. I wish it looked like that... so what are they criticizing exactly?
3. They didn't say people drive from Tucson to Flagstaff. Can this author even read?
2. Obviously this is an article that's gloating -- calm down!
1. True... but at least we have these things in close proximity. Try living in Indiana where the closest interesting destination is Florida.

The author of the bashing article must be trying to siphon traffic from the trending article.

JM Hearns
JM Hearns

Keep letting them think that!:-)

JM Hearns
JM Hearns

I thought Hoover Dam belonged to Nevada.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Yes, they managed to print an article without the words "racist" or "Arpaio". Must be some kind of alternate universe.

Amber Calhoun Kern
Amber Calhoun Kern

What a pathetic article. If you talk to people from around the states on a daily basis, as my husband does, they all think Az is a tiny little cowboy town and that Austin Tx is ten times bigger. Most have no clue what Az has become. Yeah, they could have put the arts. But it was a great post.

Stephanie Lough
Stephanie Lough

Take the compliment and good PR and enjoy the fact that we are not being thrown under the bus. Some people are actually proud of our beautiful state despite a few bad politicians. I know it's hard for the New Times not to hate....

iaintdeadyetmofo
iaintdeadyetmofo

Are you sure this wasn't written by the state's tourism board?  Honestly, the best angle to take oN calling Arizona the best of ANYTHING is to go generic and non-specific.  I've lived here for three decades, and I could make a list of 36 reasons why Arizona is the WORST state to live in.

Alexander Zoidberg
Alexander Zoidberg

Yeah I read that about a week ago. I felt like I could almost picture the sorority/party slut that wrote the list.

Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin

I stopped reading the list at number 50. I'm a native New Yorker (living in AZ the past 5 years) and I don't agree about the pizza. Guess your list is just as complete as Buzzfeed's. Point: these lists are supposed to be fun. Lighten up.

Bryan Toerne
Bryan Toerne

Expected more new times, expected more. Should be titled 10 attempts at bashing a buzz feed fluff piece. 3/10 of your list was just you not liking freeways & driving. And you guys usually do such a good job of negative reporting about Arizona!

Shirley Will
Shirley Will

I think you're being seriously touchy and nitpicky. It was a cute article that showcased a lot of awesome stuff in the state. It's not a news article or documentary, it's a Buzzfeed list. And if the whole thing was ruined for you because you feel you can't go from tanning to skiing in a few hours, I think you REALLY need to lighten up a bit. Or switch to decaf. I think you'll find a lot of stuff pissing you off less.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

I can come up with 36 things in my sleep that are better than this list besides "it snows a lot"

Michele Roya Chinichian
Michele Roya Chinichian

I would love to see Jackalope Ranch's list as to why AZ is the best state! I agree, there's was repetitive with a lot was left out. :)

Kelsey Adolf
Kelsey Adolf

I enjoyed that article and think this one has no backing or argument behind it. Really new times? Why you gotta hate.

Matthew Klein
Matthew Klein

Another note to add about sun tanning and skiing in the same day along with Jamie's... In Tucson, you can wake up at 9am, tan for a couple of hours and drive 1.5 hours to the ski slopes on Mt. Lemmon, with 3-4 hours left for skiing. Quite feasible in AZ.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

Thank you! This list was just plain stupid. "Hey, did you know it snows in Arizona?! Thats right... you can play in the show... then tan... then tan in the snow... hey, we've got mountains and a desert...did you know it rains in arizona?? Oh also we have freeways to drive on and it snows"

Jamie Baack
Jamie Baack

I like how the first thing is to try to disprove the tanning in the morning and skiing in the afternoon. Wake up at a reasonable 9 am in Phoenix tan until 11. Drive 3 1/2 hours to flag (now 3:30) and catch last couple hours of the slopes. Seemed reasonable to me.

Matt Clower
Matt Clower

So, New Times, do a better one instead of just criticizing.

Andria Muñoz
Andria Muñoz

The NT is shit anyways. Only bother with it for the ads

Justin Swanson
Justin Swanson

seems like you just don't like AZ... but it's ok

Michael Poulos
Michael Poulos

Well the rebuttal article you made was even worst :( what did that take 5 minutes?

Barbara Maack
Barbara Maack

Written by someone who also thinks we are "Arizonians."

Shelley Rayford
Shelley Rayford

I loved it, I thought it was funny yet had some great reasons why AZ is the best state...

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

I just read this article. I would say this is worse than BuzzFeeds. Your arguments are moot.

Ruben Aguilar
Ruben Aguilar

I agree with Zander. For God's sake, they keep rehashing the same "Look How Awesome the 90s Were" story every other week. Only differences are the things and in some cases, the order of them.

Zander Buel
Zander Buel

Is this implying that Buzzfeed has ever done anything even remotely impressive?

Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips

@shirejedi Exactly what I was thinking. I read it expecting a well thought out response to and critique of another writer's work. How disappointing. I did agree with #1 as well though.

logicman
logicman

@Kelsey Adolf have you ever ready any of their articles?  Stick to reading about food and music cause thats the only decent info coming from this site.

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