Wikimedia Commons

A weirdly challenging game.

There's a classic McSweeney's list that notes the similarity between the names of prescription drugs and heavy metal bands. Golgoroth? Diovan? Xalatan? Flonase? Take two and call me in the morning.

Now, some anonymous innovator has made the same discovery about gay bars and steak houses. While drugs and metal bands tend to opt for pseudo-Greek, with a smattering of x, y, and z, this new category has different priorities.

I can't quite say why, but the Steak House or Gay Bar quiz is really hard. The names are largely abstract, American, and hint at some kind of frontier-hardened manliness. Silver Slipper? Remington's? Woodward Cocktail Bar? Fire and Spice? The answers, respectively: steak house, gay bar, gay bar, steak house.

Enjoy!

Top image: Valle's Steak House.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. An aerial photo of downtown Miami.
    Life

    The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think

    Looking at the population and job growth of large cities proper, rather than their metro areas, uncovers some surprises.

  2. a map of London Uber driver James Farrar's trip data.
    Transportation

    For Ride-Hailing Drivers, Data Is Power

    Uber drivers in Europe and the U.S. are fighting for access to their personal data. Whoever wins the lawsuit could get to reframe the terms of the gig economy.

  3. Smoke from the fires hangs over Brazil.
    Environment

    Why the Amazon Is on Fire

    The rash of wildfires now consuming the Amazon rainforest can be blamed on a host of human factors, from climate change to deforestation to Brazilian politics.

  4. Transportation

    When a Transit Agency Becomes a Suburban Developer

    The largest transit agency in the U.S. is building a mixed-use development next to a commuter rail station north of Manhattan.

  5. A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
    Equity

    What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

    Two new studies have revived the long-running debate over how police respond to white criminal suspects versus African Americans.

×