13 Brutally Honest Postcards From Around The Country
We've all gotten glorious Technicolor postcards from our richer friends who always seem to be running off to the next exotic location, those assholes. Unfortunately, most of us have never had the privilege of visiting the utopias that the postcards depict. But that might be because they don't actually exist -- at least not the version you see on the card.
It's easy to understand why places wouldn't want to draw attention to any of their less redeeming qualities that put them on the map, so to speak, but it'd be pretty amusing if they did. Here are 13 brutally honest postcards that you will not find in the welcome center.
With an average high of 84 degrees in October, the Tampa Bay area has become a top destination for Canadian "snowbirds" who look to escape the cold winters up north. This climate is also VERY comfortable for those without homes. There are currently around 2000 homeless people in Tampa Bay (though if you think that's bad, you should know it doesn't even make the top 10 cities with the largest homeless populations). If you're going to be homeless, Tampa Bay is a good place to do that.
Denver, CO was the first U.S. city to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and college kids took notice. The state currently has the second highest pot usage percentage among college students. Between that and the lack of oxygen so high up, we're sure their brains are retaining a lot of that expensive education.
It's easy to forget that Detroit was at one time more than a place Eminem was lucky to escape. The once proud home of the "Big Three" and birthplace of Motown music has taken a beating. Detroit has the highest poverty rate of any major city in the U.S., with nearly 48 percent of the population below the line. And this ain't no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer.
At one time, Cleveland was one of the largest cities in the country, with population peaking in the 1950s. As the industrial jobs disappeared, so did the people, leaving those left wondering what the nightlife is like in Dayton.
The driving force of New Orleans' economy is tourism. Around 10 million visitors come every year, many of them during Mardi Gras, hoping to swap plastic beads for a quick peek at something they could see for free online ... like even if they don't want to see them, they're going to see them. It is unavoidable.
With only 3.5 percent of Oklahoma City's population being gay, it's one of the least "gay" cities in the country. Things don't get any more diverse as you move outside of the urban areas. But hey, at least you get to meet Toby Keith!
Philadelphia -- "The Cradle of American Democracy" and the hometown of the American asshole. A recent poll of American travelers voted Philadelphia as the "Fifth Rudest City In The U.S." So much for "Brotherly Love."
Let's face it ... climbing very tall mountains takes a lot of energy. Maybe that's why so many of the locals reach for Montana's drug of choice -- crystal meth. Montanans have spoken and meth has won in a landslide (Ha! Kind of proud of myself for that one). Over 90 percent of drug offenses in Montana are meth related.
Saturdays during the fall, campuses across the state of Georgia are filled to capacity as fans take part in the South's real religion -- college football. Unfortunately, those are the only days of the year that many Georgia natives plan on spending at a university. Only 79.2 percent of its high school seniors managed to graduate in 2016, which was a major improvement from 67.4 percent in 2011, but still well below the national average.
In 2015, Indianapolis had the fourth highest rate of police killings among major U.S. cities. Between 2013 and 2015, in the whole of Indiana, there were 57 fatalities caused by police. Of those 57 casualties, 20 were black (35 percent). The population is just 9.6 percent black. Reggie Miller is reported to have immunity throughout the state.
If you want to enjoy breathing during a visit to Los Angeles, you better bring an oxygen tank. L.A. ranks number one in days with high ozone levels and number five in particle pollution. But hey, I bet all of that smog makes for some beautiful sunsets.
Miami is widely regarded as one of the country's most affluent cities. In reality, it's not all professional athletes and movie stars cruising in Bentleys around South Beach. The median household income for Miami is actually only 60 percent of the national average. Combine that with the relatively high property costs and you end up with a lot of tan, broke people in fancy white satin pants.
St. Louis, Missouri -- A great place to enjoy a baseball game, visit the Gateway Arch, and try your best not to get shot. In 2015, St. Louis had 1,817 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens. Which just goes to show that Cardinals' fans might legitimately be the world's best baseball fans. I mean, it does take some balls to travel through that horseshit, just to live-chant "Yadi! Yadi! Yadi!"
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