Anyone who's ever had to sit in a room and hammer out a group list - anything from top TV theme songs to Pittsburgh's cultural forces - knows they are arbitrary.
However, having said that, Pittsburgh or its visitors get a couple of shoutouts in People magazine's sexiest man alive issue. Johnny Depp is the cover boy but the publication pays tribute to "110 of the hottest guys on the planet!" Exclamation mark theirs.
Among them: Jake Gyllenhaal, here wrapping up "Love and Other Drugs"; Michael Keaton, whose heart always seems to belong to Pittsburgh although he lives elsewhere; and Zachary Quinto, formerly of Green Tree.
Keaton is among a group of 50-somethings that also includes Kevin Bacon, Spike Lee and Jimmy Smits, while Quinto is sexiest villain (a nod to his "Heroes" role, not his sensational turn as Spock in the new "Star Trek").
Natalie Portman, Gyllenhaal's co-star in "Brothers," suggests: "Jake is the kind of guy who can do a spot-on impression of someone you work with that will make you giggle. He knows home remedies for distressed hair. He can build a cabinet from scratch. He plays guitar and has a great voice. Kids and dogs love him. He loves his mom and sister and girlfriend. He's perfect. Too bad he's ugly."
"Brothers," by the way, opens here on Dec. 4. It's based on a Danish movie of the same name. When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home, with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family. In addition to Portman and Gyllenhaal, it stars Tobey Maguire.