Here's a drinking game for all you HGTV viewers out there: every time someone mentions "granite countertops" on any one of their shows, take a swig (two, if it's Americans abroad looking for a vacation home). Warning: you're going to need one of those Gallo wine jugs and you're going to get drunk very quickly…
A recent Washington Post piece about the granite countertop phenomena seems "about 5 years late" to the trend, as one astute commentator remarked, but the report reflects granite's popularity hasn't waned. And from the look of open houses and shelter TV programming from coast to coast, one could argue granite countertops are as American as double sink bathrooms.
Personally, I'm really not all that fond of most granite, many of which look like a cross between a smudged Jackson Pollock painting, the surface of Jupiter, and magnification of psoriasis calcification; there's always this bothersome, OCD concern, even when carefully wiped clean, there's an errant food stain playing Where's Waldo within the speckles and swirls of the busier granite options. I'm totally Team White Marble (or Corian, depending upon the era of the interior).
ARGHHH...why did I even Google "granite+iPhone+case"? There are granite countertop style iPhone cases out there, proving my belief that every conceivable pattern or design has been converted into an iPhone case. Just imagine setting one of these down on a matching kitchen surface and not being able to find it. Someone call Mike Holmes and have these design inspected, demolished, and make it right, please.