From the Department of Useless information:
Poor McAllen, Texas. What a measurement to have wrapped around its belly. It’s being called the the fattest city in America by the website WalletHub, which strings all kinds of obscure data together to come up with such rankings. Each day, the website shoots out emails to newspaper editors across the country sharing its latest claims. This month we’ve been told 50% of people would rather do jury duty than their taxes, the healthiest city in America is San Francisco, and the safest city is Columbia, Maryland.
Below are a dozen more findings that you may have never wondered about and by no means will make you a scholar. They’ve been stashed away to share on a rainy day, so here you go, in no order of importance:
• In Utah, when a couple says their marriage vows, it really means something. The Beehive State (and you thought being called the Buckeye State was nutty) has the lowest separation and divorce rate in America, 15.88 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, the highest at 26.19 percent.
• 1.98 million gallons of beer are consumed during Oktoberfests held each year in the U.S., a number that no doubt swells each year thanks to our neighbors in Minster.
• Ohio is the ninth-most lenient state on speeding and reckless driving. Remember that next time you get picked up for doing 70 mph in a 55-mph zone.
• Maybe it’s because they’re all a bunch of tightwads or perhaps they just know how to squeeze a quarter out of a dime, but Saratoga, California, is rated No. 1 for people with the best money-management skills. In last place is Lithonia, Georgia.
• Vermont has the most psychologists per 100,000 residents, 73.64, which is 4.9 times more than in Mississippi, the fewest at 15.07.
• The District of Columbia had the highest share of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 77.2 percent, which was 1.6 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 49.3 percent.
• Nebraska doctors have the lowest annual malpractice liability insurance rate, $4,977, which is 8.2 times lower than in New York, the highest at $40,826.
• Iowa is the cheapest state to buy car insurance, while Ohio is in the middle of the pack, ranking No. 21. New York has the highest car insurance.
• We all know Florida is rated No. 1 for retirees, but the next four states may surprise you: South Dakota, Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia. That’s based on not just weather, but also on cost of living and quality of public hospitals. Funny thing is nobody has ever heard anyone say they want to retire to South Dakota.
•The El Paso, Texas, metro area has the highest share of diabetic adults, 14.60 percent, which is 2.3 times higher than in San Francisco and Minneapolis, the metro areas with the lowest at 6.30 percent.
•The Mobile, Alabama, metro area has the highest share of adults with high blood pressure, 41.20 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in San Jose, California, the metro area with the lowest at 21.40 percent.
• Ohio is rated No. 32 when it comes to most educated states. The Top 5, in order: Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut and Colorado. The least educated state is Mississippi, followed by West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama (those ‘Bama boys can play football, though.)
ROSES AND THORNS: There was some running around going on in the rose garden last week.
Rose: To Jennifer Dervarics and Darryl Hancock, of Lima; Steve Wenning, of Coldwater; and Nicole Zuber, of Delphos, who each finished the Boston Marathon. Dervarics, age 32, had a time of 3:47.49; Hancock, age 56, finished in 3:49.53; Wenning, age 33, had a time of 3:50.44; and Zuber, 47, finished in 4:17.33.
Rose: To Naomi Basinger, of Pandora. She celebrated her 100th birthday April 16.
Rose: Ottoville keeps it in house, hiring 2001 grad and former star player Michelle Leach to replace longtime girls basketball coach Dave Kleman, who retired. Michelle’s sister, Shannon Vorst, and cousin, Erica Vorst, also were star players for Ottoville.
Rose: To Judith and Donald Kundert, of Delphos, who celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 11.
Thorn: To Kenneth Theissen, of Covington, Ketucky. He was cited for failure to yield the right of way after the vehicle he was driving slammed into an Allen County sheriff’s cruiser.
PARTING SHOT: “I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.” – Rodney Dangerfield
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.