Google co-founder Larry Page was speaking at tech mash-up Google I/O yesterday after revealing earlier in the week that he suffers from vocal cord paralysis when he said: "At least in my case I feel I should have done it sooner [revealed his medical condition] and I'm not sure that answer isn't true for most people, so I ask why are people so focused on keeping your medical history private?"
Oh, Larry. Larry, Larry, Larry. We wish you well, but where to start with stating the obvious because the rest of us non-famous, non-Googlegazillionaires just thought en masse: "All of our medical records should be Google-searchable? WTF?" If you happen to live in Ohio, however, then you're not simply thinking this acronym. No, you're saying it loud and proud, because a new study finds Ohioans swear more than anyone else in the country!
Seattle-based mobile marketing company Marchex spent a whole year analyzing more than 600,000 consumer-to-business phone calls, using voice recognition software to pick up on our potty mouths. With any luck, the voice recognition software does a better job translating the word "literally" than MSNBC's Chuck Todd does reading it off of a teleprompter.
Marchex ranked the top states for cussing. The Top Five Most Likely To Swear States (in descending order) are Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois. Meanwhile, the Top Five Least Likely To Swear States are Washington (state), Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia.
Marchex ranked the "most courteous" states, too. The Top Five states where you're most likely to get a "please" and a "thank you" are South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia. The Top Five states where you're least likely to get a "please" or a "thank you" are Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.
Okay, let's get this straight. According to Marchex's results, residents of Maryland and Louisiana are among the mostly likely to swear, but they're also more likely to say "please" and "thank you" between expletives. Residents of Massachusetts don't swear nearly as much, but they won't say "please" or "thank you," either. Then there are the residents of Ohio, who apparently swear like sailors AND never bother to say "please" or "thank you." Ohio wins!
Men swear the most overall, accounting for two-thirds (66%) of all cursing among the phone calls analyzed.
Since Marchex analyzed work-related phone calls, perhaps we can deduce that Ohio has the nation's Most Likely To Swear Workforce as well? Hmm. Ohio, I swear that you need to read this blog post.