Life in Ohio, a Continuing Series

The John Weld Peck Federal Building, shown Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Cincinnati, houses the main offices for the Internal Revenue Service in the city. The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status. In some cases, the IRS acknowledged, agents inappropriately asked for lists of donors. The agency blamed low-level employees in a Cincinnati office, saying no high-level officials were aware.
Photo: Al Behrman/Corbis

The whole IRS scandal is just the sort of thing that happens when a sensitive government agency requiring technical proficiency and political sophistication is headquartered in Ohio. In other Ohio news, a research firm used voice-recognition software to analyze 600,000 phone calls. Guess which state uses the highest rate of profanity? I'll give you one guess, unless you're from Ohio, in which case I'll give you 50 guesses:

Ohio won! Or maybe it lost? Its residents swore more than any other state ...

“I was surprised by the results,” said John Busby, senior vice president of the Marchex Institute. He’s a transplanted Midwesterner whose siblings attended Ohio colleges.

Of course he was surprised.