Once again, all together now, a hale hooray for Mississippi. Our neighbor state continues to make Louisiana look good in national rankings, this time in The Daily Beast’s “Best Looking States.” Sportsman’s Paradise, it turns out, aint’ exactly Hottie Central, coming in at No. 42 out of 51. (The District of Columbia is included and, coincidentally, ranks No. 1.)
Depending on how you look at it, Louisiana is the 42nd best looking state or the 10th ugliest — not pretty by an measure. But take heart, the Magnolia State gets a 49 ranking, followed by the Dakotas, South and North respectively. Rounding out the top three, after D.C., are Hawaii and California. We may not be the prettiest state, but as another recent ranking suggests, we are the happiest.
The Beast ranked states by three criteria:
First, we determined who had the most stunners-per-capita (allowing Connecticut and California an equal playing field), tallying the hometowns of more than 300 male and female fashion models, plus 125 men mentioned in ten years’ worth of People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issues. Then, we accounted for the results of the Miss America and Miss USA pageants for the past decade. Finally, in order to measure general attractiveness, we factored in health and fitness data for each state from 2006-2008, ranked by the Trust for America’s Health. Each of those three criteria—models, pageant winners, fitness—was weighed equally, with any ties broken by which state performed best in the latter category.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.