As Easy as 1, 2, 3?

Publications like to gin up a little controversy with their rankings every now and then … but when it comes to Boston, those lists have lately been a study in contradictions.

Illustration by Scotty Reifsnyder

Illustration by Scotty Reifsnyder

Churlish or Chill?
Rudest: #6  [Travel + Leisure]
Most Relaxed: #3  [Forbes]
Apparently we’re such Massholes, we actually find it calming.

Smaaht or Wicked Smaaht?
Most Intelligent: #11  [Travel + Leisure]
Smartest: #1  [The Daily Beast]
The Daily Beast was clearly hanging out at Harvard, and the Travel + Leisure folks at Tufts.

Hot or Not?
Best City for Singles: #2  [Forbes]
Worst-Dressed: #1  [GQ]
Because nothing screams “Great Catch” like a guy in a hoodie and a Sox cap.

Fit or Fat?
Fittest: #3  [American College of Sports Medicine]
Most Active/Athletic: #20  [Travel + Leisure]
What does a “leisure” mag know about being active, anyway?