This just in from The Department of Useless Information:
What is the likelihood of you unfolding a napkin at Kewpee today, or eating something from Happy Daz, McDonald’s, Captain D’s, Arby’s … any place where fast food is sold?
Go ahead, take a guess.
A possible maybe?
As it turns out, more than 1 in 3 adults will eat fast food on a typical day, and we’ll eat it all day long.
The numbers come from the latest study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those people in Atlanta, Georgia, who make a living compiling health statistics that make the rest of us feel bad.
On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food joint. At lunchtime, 43.7 percent of Americans pick up a quick meal, and 42 percent do the same for dinner.
Then there’s the snack attack.
That sees 22.8 percent of us on a typical day looking for something to munch on or quench our thirst. (Have you tried the Snickers pie at Burger King?) And get this: More women — about 1 in 4 — are doing the snacking compared with 1 in 5 men.
Of course, guys are the ones most likely to be found under a golden arch for breakfast, lunch or dinner (a Whopper … errrr … whopping 48.3 percent men compared to 39.1 percent of women).
The younger you are, the more apt you are to eat fast food each day: 44.9 percent of young adults, ages 20 to 39, ingest fast food daily. That figure drops to 37.7 percent among middle-agers. Then after we turn 60, only 24.1 percent of us rely on fast food for at least one of our daily meals or snacks.
The CDC also says the mood for fast food has nothing to do with how wealthy or poor a person is. I can bury you in figures showing you those vehicles going through the fast-food drive throughs are not always rust buckets — there are plenty of Cadillacs and extra-large SUVs, too.
So, where do you fit in?
Before you answer, just remember: That mustard on your tie or blouse is giving you away.
Clarification: Joyce Whitley wanted to clarify something from last week’s column. She is the person who was warning people to get a bid before hiring someone to do work around the house — even if it’s someone from the neighborhood. She and her husband didn’t, and what they thought was a small job, ended up costing them $3,000, not $300 as previously stated.
ROSES AND THORNS: The rose garden takes a hike.
Rose: To Dan Godsil, a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He has been the long snapper for the Indiana Hoosiers football team the past four years.
Rose: Ohio Highway Patrol troopers received a call Tuesday that a woman was driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 near Cridersville. They were able to reach the woman and get her turned around before a tragedy occurred.
Rose: Bluffton Elementary School was the only school in the Lima region to earn National Blue Ribbon status from the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance.
Thorn: In the last nine months, the daily average number of inmates at the Allen County Jail was 275 — which is 10 more than last year.
PARTING SHOT: You can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.