Christopher Hitchens' 'overrated' poll

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“The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.” vale Christopher Hitchens.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Picnics 12
Lobster 11
Anal sex 8
Champagne 6


Y.O. Mini (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 16 December 2011 09:59 (ten years ago) link

are we voting for our favorite or most overrated, clarify asap

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 16 December 2011 10:01 (ten years ago) link

Fave rave.

Y.O. Mini (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 16 December 2011 10:14 (ten years ago) link

dammit still torn between 3 of these

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 11:32 (ten years ago) link

lobster by a long, long way

his venerable escutcheon, Friday, 16 December 2011 11:34 (ten years ago) link

In terms of anal, was he talking about dicking an ass or getting his ass dicked? The answer is lobster, regardless.

another suggestbanite (rusty flathead screwdriver), Friday, 16 December 2011 11:37 (ten years ago) link

i think i will probably have to vote champagne but

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 11:38 (ten years ago) link

champagne and lobster picnics. on hampstead heath after dark.

ledge, Friday, 16 December 2011 11:39 (ten years ago) link

still torn between 3 of these

sandbox needs an ILTMI board

Extreme Lifestyle, Friday, 16 December 2011 11:58 (ten years ago) link

100 years ago lobster was considered "filler" seafood, just barely fit for human consumption

his venerable escutcheon, Friday, 16 December 2011 12:02 (ten years ago) link

sandbox needs an ILTMI board

nowhere needs an ILTMI board

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 12:03 (ten years ago) link

xp yeah because people totally knew what they were talking about 100 years ago

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 13:29 (ten years ago) link

Champagne
Lobster
Anal sex
Picnics

is this an acrostic

schalke nult fear (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 December 2011 13:32 (ten years ago) link

haha cad OTM but still, it's interesting to know

oysters were also very cheap, you could buy them from sidewalk vendors for about 3 cents an oyster

his venerable escutcheon, Friday, 16 December 2011 13:34 (ten years ago) link

time was you could kick an oyster shell in the street

schalke nult fear (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 December 2011 13:35 (ten years ago) link

Don't know who this Hitchens guy is, but I guess he's straight?

Tuomas, Friday, 16 December 2011 13:42 (ten years ago) link

He's right about everything except lobster, and even then he's right too.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 13:43 (ten years ago) link

deep down we're all a little bit straight, Tuomas

Extreme Lifestyle, Friday, 16 December 2011 13:47 (ten years ago) link

Heteroflexible, with political leanings, it seems?

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/03/01/christopher-hitchens-had-gay-liaisons-with-tories/

Polemicist Who Slashed All, Freely (Fotherington Thomas), Friday, 16 December 2011 13:57 (ten years ago) link

The memoir has an affectionate, considered envoi to public school buggery.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 14:01 (ten years ago) link

Yes, less straight than you, Tuomas

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 14:01 (ten years ago) link

less SB'd too once we get the button back

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 14:04 (ten years ago) link

time was you could kick an oyster shell in the street

I recommend you check out Mark Kurlansky's 'The Big Oyster', in parts of Manhattan the streets were built on oyster shells.

Billy Dods, Friday, 16 December 2011 14:05 (ten years ago) link

lol this guy really hated life

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:01 (ten years ago) link

you know whats more overrated than lobster picnics anal or champagne, its christopher hitchens

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:04 (ten years ago) link

^^ exhibit a for "Why Men Aren't Funny"

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:10 (ten years ago) link

^^ uh exhibit b for why men arent funny, wow are we having fun now

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:12 (ten years ago) link

even tho lobster is messier, buttsex

Dr Morbius, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:12 (ten years ago) link

what the hell are you doing to that lobster

OH NOES, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:14 (ten years ago) link

In ascending order:

anal sex
champagne
lobster
picnics

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:15 (ten years ago) link

Or with that lobster (xp)

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:16 (ten years ago) link

picnics is the only one of these i'd consider seriously overrated

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:16 (ten years ago) link

Yes, picnics are totally shite

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:18 (ten years ago) link

I haven't consciously attended a picnic. A checkered tablecloth? In the woods? Chicken salad? So declassé.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:18 (ten years ago) link

yeah man sitting outside and eating food how terrible to combine two such horrible things, why bother when you could just be inside being unkind

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:19 (ten years ago) link

it's not the accoutrements i'm thinking of, it's the bugs

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:19 (ten years ago) link

And the weather

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:20 (ten years ago) link

eating outside can be classic but picnics and hampers and rose coloured mittens is just an open invitation to every wasp in the a 10-miles radius

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:20 (ten years ago) link

Wind usually starts whipping up before the first sandwich has even been unwrapped

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:21 (ten years ago) link

I am pro-picnic if someone else is bringing the food and cleaning up, or if it's at Tanglewood where about 85% of the "food" ends up being bottles of wine and you're listening to a great orchestra play awesome live music.

OH NOES, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:22 (ten years ago) link

the saddest part of this guy dying is all the frustrated people who will have to find some other pompous asshole to live vicariously through

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:22 (ten years ago) link

They've come to the right place then!

Derek Pringles (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:23 (ten years ago) link

Don't know who this Hitchens guy is, but I guess he's straight?

He liked to paw and slobber over his male friends when smashed, but now that he's cold we may get further info.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:23 (ten years ago) link

the saddest part of this guy dying is all the frustrated people who will have to find some other pompous asshole to live vicariously through

offering to adopt the mantle?

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:23 (ten years ago) link

yeah i mean sure but you have to like picnics

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:25 (ten years ago) link

srsly picnics is the least challopy of the 4

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:28 (ten years ago) link

all of these things are prob p appropriately rated, but what biting wit that guy!

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:29 (ten years ago) link

The worst part is when the wind knocks your beer over.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:29 (ten years ago) link

don't think he made his rep on his thesis of 4 over-rated things tbh

Angles that bitch (Julie Lagger), Friday, 16 December 2011 15:30 (ten years ago) link

did he say it in some sort of disdainful upper class british accent *swoon*

Cooper Chucklebutt, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:30 (ten years ago) link

lobster is the worst of these no contest, its disgusting

є(٥_ ٥)э, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:23 (ten years ago) link

Lobster is tasty, champagne'll get you drunk, picnics involve food - there's really no upside to anal IMO

milo z, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:46 (ten years ago) link

(Good) Champagne is great, picnics are underrated, anal sex can be great, lobster is meh, a lot of work and not all it's made out to be, so lobster

lebateauivre, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:47 (ten years ago) link

feel like "a lot of work and not all it's made out to be" can also be applied to anal

nuhnuhnuh, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:53 (ten years ago) link

Maybe I just don't have the best back, but I always find it hard to simultaneously sit on the grass in a position amenable to bottoming AND feel comfortable enough to get romantic or chilled out or whatever mood anal it is.

silvana mangano, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:53 (ten years ago) link

nice work!

nuhnuhnuh, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:55 (ten years ago) link

picnics are great. bring a spliff. then have anal.

nuhnuhnuh, Friday, 16 December 2011 23:59 (ten years ago) link

feel like "a lot of work and not all it's made out to be" can also be applied to anal

― nuhnuhnuh, zaterdag 17 december 2011 0:53 (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Permalink

lol feeling for u bro

lebateauivre, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:00 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:01 (ten years ago) link

feel like "a lot of work and not all it's made out to be" can also be applied to.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................lyfe

fartz, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:02 (ten years ago) link

lol it's all off the page

fartz, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:02 (ten years ago) link

shld we unleash the dragon and make this a TMI thread or wut

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:05 (ten years ago) link

feel like "a lot of work and not all it's made out to be" can also be applied to working silver mousse into your hair every single day of the calendar year 2000

fartz, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:10 (ten years ago) link

also ~lyfe~

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:15 (ten years ago) link

woah, life and anal are both great, don't know what observational commedian stole my login above. sorry guys :(

nuhnuhnuh, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:17 (ten years ago) link

lyfe and anal are both great, they give us chocolate cake

fartz, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:29 (ten years ago) link

risotto is worse than these tbh

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:40 (ten years ago) link

risotto is cool but its just flavored rice and doesnt compare to anything on the list

Cooper Chucklebutt, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:41 (ten years ago) link

Hitchens obv had a restrictive definition of what constitutes a picnic. For me it is eating any meal outdoors without a waiter/waitress.

1) Outdoors is a nice place.
2) Eating is pleasant.
3) No tipping required.

Sounds like a little piece of paradise to me.

Aimless, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:46 (ten years ago) link

i know right, bring some lobster and champagne even

Cooper Chucklebutt, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:47 (ten years ago) link

champagne is awesome also jho otm about chris hitchens. hero to most a few but he never meant shit to me.

horseshoe, Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:52 (ten years ago) link

yeah i appreciate ppl who can write coherently and drink fabulously but i can generally get that on ilx without the warmongering, etc.

i guess the outpouring of whatever seems slightly less weird to me than that for steve jobs, tho.

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:00 (ten years ago) link

people's remembrances of him have been moving. it is jerky of me to say idgi at this particular moment, i know. i don't get the great stylist thing either, tbh; the stuff i've read by him seemed overwritten.

horseshoe, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:02 (ten years ago) link

cool

moonbop, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:04 (ten years ago) link

never received anal. abstaining.

moonbop, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:05 (ten years ago) link

it was very important that i expressed myself on this point in a thread about something else entirely

horseshoe, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:05 (ten years ago) link

it's ilx, horseshoe

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:06 (ten years ago) link

people act like nobody's hated this hitchens guy before or something. he was around for a long time. long enough to be hated, that's for sure.

moonbop, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:08 (ten years ago) link

i over-ated at a picnic once. way too much potato salad.

los krampusinos! (pomplamau5), Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:12 (ten years ago) link

Champagne is overrated if you're living in North America, but not so in France. It's far cheaper, and the cult around it is subdued... there, I'd say it's rated correctly. With oysters, it's divine. For a man such as Hitchens, who could travel to France, and bring with him home a 25 E bottle of Lermandier-Bernier, and share it with friends on a holiday? I would've urged Hitch to reconsider.

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:21 (ten years ago) link

Anal sex between homosexual men is rated exactly correctly. Within the boundaries of a heterosexual relationship, it has been quite underestimated and underrated, so I've been told

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:22 (ten years ago) link

Picnicking with children is overrated, but its close cousins "al fresco" and "street food on a park bench" seem to acquit it?

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:23 (ten years ago) link

In contrast, a lobster meal requires the diner to forcibly tear apart the cruelly executed carcass of an exoskeletous rat, gingerly extracting a single mouthful of meat while avoiding cloaca, before sucking at its feelers in desperation.

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:26 (ten years ago) link

Within the boundaries of a heterosexual relationship, it has been quite underestimated and underrated, so I've been told

lebateauivre, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:26 (ten years ago) link

good potato salad is so grebt

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:30 (ten years ago) link

You told me!

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:31 (ten years ago) link

But is good potato salad all that good with champagne, lobster, on a picnic... or up the bum?

lebateauivre, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:33 (ten years ago) link

Anal sex the clear loser there

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:34 (ten years ago) link

I never had good potato salad up the bum tbh (I know right) but I think you are right

lebateauivre, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:36 (ten years ago) link

I thought we were talking about a sequential relationship between variables

oPal, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:49 (ten years ago) link

1) Outdoors is a nice place.
2) Eating is pleasant.
3) No tipping required.

Sounds like a little piece of paradise to me.

are we still talking about anal sex

Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:52 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 18 December 2011 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Twelve people who think picnics are overrated... sandbox results, jeez

lebateauivre, Sunday, 18 December 2011 00:29 (ten years ago) link

any picnic run by my family of origin is a guaranteed heart sinker.

estela, Sunday, 18 December 2011 00:56 (ten years ago) link

touché, but that goes for a lot of things done by family of origin tbh

lebateauivre, Sunday, 18 December 2011 00:59 (ten years ago) link

not anal sex tho.

m. yeux, Sunday, 18 December 2011 01:03 (ten years ago) link

anal sex with family isn't a heart sinker for you?

lebateauivre, Sunday, 18 December 2011 01:06 (ten years ago) link

thatsthe[bad]joke.jpg

m. yeux, Sunday, 18 December 2011 01:12 (ten years ago) link

Q: are we voting for our favorite or most overrated, clarify asap

A: Fave rave.

I interpret this as meaning 12 people think picnics are the best of the options presented. Which is how I voted.

Aimless, Sunday, 18 December 2011 03:31 (ten years ago) link

Anal sex is underrated if anything!

Todd

realness, just realness, Sunday, 18 December 2011 20:59 (ten years ago) link


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