According to data published in The Atlantic, Ohioans tend to be ill-mannered jerks. The data was gathered from more than 600,000 recorded calls — to service reps, banks, and other businesses in more than 30 industries that advise you that your call to them might be recorded. The recorded calls were sifted to identify the obscenities, and then sorted by state. The results showed that we Buckeyes are far more likely to swear than, say, people who live in Washington or Massachusetts. What’s more, Ohioans also are among the callers least likely to say please and thank you.
Why is this so? Ohioans are usually a pretty mild-mannered bunch. We live in the middle of the country. Our population is divided between urban and rural, blue collar and white collar, Republican and Democrat, and we manage to get along just fine. We don’t have the reputation for arrogance of, say, Californians, and aren’t known for rudeness like New Yorkers are. So what gives?
The answer is simple. Ohio is home to the Cleveland Browns. I’d be willing to wager that the vast majority of the cursing communications were recorded on Sunday nights during the fall, after the Browns have managed to fumble away another game. When your team somehow manages to lose a 12-point lead with less than two minutes in the game — and that’s a routine result — all you can really do is launch invective at the heavens or, alternatively, the poor schnook who has fielded your call about whether there’s some way to fix that plasma TV screen you just kicked in.