Our men are hot, so let's prove it

October 31, 2009|By LIZ THOMPSON


That's how many times the story about Hagerstown's ugly men was opened on our Web site two weeks ago.

It was the top story of the week. In fact, it got 3,000 more hits than the next most popular story.

People apparently care in Hagerstown if you call them ugly, even if it's tongue-in-cheek.

If you missed it, -- a Web site that says it exists to provide unbiased and comprehensive beauty expertise -- said Hagerstown ranked second out of eight cities for ugly guys.

The ranking was based on the education, smoking habits and obesity levels of our men. Oh, and they counted sales of contraceptives. Based on the ranking, I'm guessing our sales were low.


El Paso ranked first in the ugly guy department, while Bethesda, Md. -- with its apparently smarter, smoke-free and slimmer men -- ranked No. 1 out of 10 cities for hottest guys.

Well, we dispute the findings. We defy the faulty logic and are skeptical of the scorekeeping. Our guys are not ugly and we're determined to prove it.

We (this is the larger, undefined editorial "we") believe Hagerstown men are hot.

Beginning Monday, we invite you to nominate your favorite "hot" guy for the title of Hagerstown's Hottest Man. We'll need photographic evidence, of course. We'll be collecting (G-rated, suitable for all audiences) photos online for the next month.

The winner will receive a romantic, overnight getaway and the coveted title of Hagerstown's Hottest Man. For a couple of the losers, there will be some thoughtful, and we hope helpful, consolation prizes.

For the full rules and entry information, go online to and click on "Hottest Man" on the home page.

It costs $5 per photo entry, and $2 of each entry fee will be given to the Community Free Clinic of Washington County.

You can submit your entry and payment online, bring it or mail it to The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740, or submit it by e-mail to

Voting will begin Dec. 9 and the winner will be announced Dec. 21.

The winner will be selected via a combination of online votes and a panel of Herald-Mail (female) employees who have proven their knowledge and expertise on what makes a man "hot."

Check out the Web site regularly to see the newest photos.


In other online news, we've added forms to our wedding and engagement site. You now can submit information about your wedding or engagement online. The site,, also has wedding planning tools and a forum for brides. You also can access the site by going to and clicking on "weddings and engagements" under Arts and Living in the navigation bar.

We also have added an online submission for the annual Person of the Year award.

The award is given annually to a Washington County resident who has made significant contributions to improving the community.

The Herald-Mail announces the Person of the Year on Jan. 1 each year. The winner receives a crystal bowl and a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

The online form makes it easier than ever to nominate someone for the award.

And, finally, watch for the new InSite club for online users. It will feature special contests, surveys and options for people who register online.

More on that in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, find Hagerstown's Hottest Man.

Liz Thompson is digital director of The Herald-Mail. You can e-mail her at

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