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Overrated – More Christmas songs

Ned Bitters It’s that time of year again, time for the annual (and last) installment of “Here’s Why These Christmas Songs Make No Sense.” If I cause you to like even one of these songs a little less, then Merry Christmas to me. “Frost the Snowman” I’m

Overrated – Shots

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … shots. The level of excitement a person exhibits at the mention of bar shots is directly proportional to that person’s level of douchebaggery. There are certain “Tool” litmus tests that have results with near

Overrated – Copious amounts of toppings

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … copious amounts of toppings. America has taken the concept of “excess” and made it an art form. It’s bad art, much like Andy Warhol’s overhyped output, but it’s still something to behold, to look

Overrated – Adult birthdays

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … adult birthdays. Two weeks ago I got exclamation point-filled email from a coworker inviting a dozen of us to a birthday happy hour she was organizing. The guest of honor was her (or “she,”

Overrated – Your overwhelming masculinity

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … your overwhelming masculinity. I hear the word “fag” tossed around as a pejorative about 137 times per day. But never by women or secure men. It’s the macho man’s go-to word for any other

Overrated – Pride in your homeland

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … pride in your homeland. That’s right, Pedro, I’m talking to you. Stop waving that silly Hondur-Salva-Puerto flag. And I’m talking to you, too, Finis O’McSeannigan. Cover up that shamrock tattoo, dump out that Guinness,

Overrated – Platitudes for the bereaved

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … platitudes for the bereaved. I went to a memorial service last week for a six-year-old Down’s Syndrome boy who died of Leukemia. I’ve never witnessed such grief in person. For 90 minutes, the parents

Overrated – Local pride

Ned Bitters [Editor’s Note: To celebrate HoboTrashcan’s five-year anniversary, we are bringing back five defunct site features for one week only. Check back every day this week to be overwhelmed with nostalgia.] This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … local pride. An F-4

Overrated – Buffets

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … the buffet. No, not the Jimmy Buffet, although an equally strong case could be made for that industrial-strength pop star who has made millions rewriting the same two songs for the past 30+ years.

Overrated – Dan Rooney

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … Dan Rooney. As a lifelong Steelers fan now living in the DC area, I get to spend a lot of time gloating about my team’s superior ownership (and subsequent success), especially since billionaire brat