A Business Insider survey found that people consider New York City as the rudest city in the United States of America.

Weird thing is, I kid you not, I am watching Ghostbusters II and I’m at the scene where they are discussing the slime under the city with the mayor.

Venkman explains to the mayor that everyone in the city is miserable, which could cause the slime to explode.

The Ghostbusters try to convince the mayor to do something. He asks them if they expect him to go on TV and tell 10 million people to be nice to each other.

He concludes: “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.”

Okay. So anyway, 34.3% of the respondents rated New York City as “rude.”

The top five: New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston.

I’ve seen a few New York City publications excuse the rudeness because the citizen “spend life jammed against 9 million of their neighbors, are notoriously short on patience for show walkers, tourists and people who wear big backpacks on the subway.”

A New York Times report from October 2011 shows that people have almost always considered New Yorkers as rude:

“My favorite quote on the topic comes from that somewhat fussy Massachusetts statesman — and eventual president of the United States — John Adams,” Mr. Miscione said by e-mail. He referred to Adams’s entry in his diary for Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1774, not long before the Revolution:

“With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found. We have been treated with an assiduous respect but I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town. At their entertainments there is no conversation that is agreeable; there is no modesty, no attention to one another. They talk very loud, very fast and altogether. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer they will break out upon you again and talk away.”

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