The Checkup: Philly Graded D+ for Sadness
• Men’s Health—you know, that oh-so-scientific journal (*sarcasm*)—published a list of America’s Saddest Cities yesterday, and ranked Philly at a cool 60th out of 100. Not so shabby at first blush, I guess, but we only eked out a D+ on a grading scale from A+ to F. To crunch the numbers, Men’s Health looked at suicide rates (CDC) and unemployment rates (Bureau of Labor Statistics), and used a service called SimplyMap to get the percentage of households that use antidepressants as well as the number of people who report feeling sad all or most of the time. Cities we beat out include Albuquerque, New Mexico (#70); Wilmington, Delaware (#80); Atlanta, Georgia (#87); and St. Petersburg, Florida, which, at #100, was honored as the country’s saddest city. The happiest place is Honolulu, Hawaii (no surprises there). Manchester, New Hampshire, comes in second, and Fargo, North Dakota (wtf?!) slides in at third.
• You can choose whether you want to laugh at or be disgusted by this post titled, “10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion.” Apparently users in DC and New York asked their phones to find abortion clinics, and the service either turned up no results or totally unhelpful ones. So this post rounds up things Siri will help you find, including Viagra, escort services and plastic surgeons.
• Don’t tell Mr. Ed but Congress recently passed legislation that lifted a ban on funding horsemeat inspections, which means slaughterhouses could be in business in the very near future. All that to say: horsemeat could be on the menu soon. Would you eat it?