IF Ohio ever wants to change its nickname from the Buckeye State, maybe Ohio should try the @#$% State.
An online marketing company, Marchex, found Ohioans cuss more than anyone else in the nation, based on more than 600,000 customer phone calls to businesses last year.
Apparently, Ohioans are the most likely to swear when they are upset with a company.
People in the state of Washington are more laid back and finished dead last in cussing out customer service.
But refraining from cursing does not mean you are polite. Massachusetts was the second-least likely to swear, but also the second least likely to say "please" and "thank you."
Wisconsin is No. 1 in discourtesy.
The most polite states were, in order, South
Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia. Southerners are raised right.
West Virginia finished in the top 10 in cussing and in the middle 30 when it came to saying "please" and "thank you."
When West Virginians call a company to complain, they should ask themselves if they want to sound like an Ohioan. Someone is always keeping tabs.
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THE issue of how much sodium an adult should ingest each day, once considered
settled, has turned into a raging debate.
Officials estimate adults on average consume 3,400 milligrams each day, but the federal government
recommends 2,300 milligrams for the general public and as little as 1,500 milligrams for people over 50, black people and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
The American Heart Association thinks the recommendation should be dropped to 1,500 milligrams for everyone. But a panel at the Institute of Medicine says the science doesn't support that.
"Lowering sodium intake too much may actually increase a person's risk of some health problems," Brian Strom, the panel chairman and a public health professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, said in a statement.
The studies still "support previous findings that reducing sodium from very high intake levels to moderate levels improves health," he said.
The debate continues.
Studies on sodium intake, like all scientific studies, should be taken with a grain of salt.
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DECLINING enrollment has caused Fayette County to pare the number of schools from 38 in 1990 to just 18 today, but the problem of declining facilities remains, county school board members told state School Superintendent James Phares.