On the list of things that make America great, the Bill of Rights would seem to rank pretty darn near the top, right?
Sure, there are some modern feats of awesomeness that might outrank the freedom of the press and the right to bear arms, but I would assume that duct tape probably wouldn’t be one of those things.
Fortune seems to disagree. The financial magazine has published its top 100 things about America, and duct tape (number 16) outranks the Bill of Rights (number 17). That should be the first clue that the majority of this list is exceptionally cheesy, even listing Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Gmail, the Grand Canyon and Geico commercials above the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Among all the nonsense, though, Fortune managed to tip its hat to the U.S. auto industry. A few car-related items even show up in the top 25: the interstate highway system (number 2), the Ford F-150 (number 11) and Detroit (number 14). Others on the list include (seriously): the Honda commercials voiced by Kevin Spacey (number 41), NASCAR (number 51), drive-in movie theaters (number 87) and Exxon Mobil (number 88).
If I were doing a list, I’d certainly change some things around and slide the Armed Forces to number 2, take NASCAR off, add Hyundai and Toyota for their commitment to build cars here and boot Exxon Mobil to the curb. (Even though we need its product to fuel our automotive passion – a necessary evil, I suppose.)
In the top spot, I’d place the freedom that defines this country and allows, even condones, anyone to harbor an unnatural affinity for anything… even a certain silver-backed adhesive tape.
Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day, fellow car gurus.