Saturday, April 25, 2015

File this in your "It's Hard to be a Philadelphian" file.

Philadelphia has been called the fattest city in America. We're really ugly, too.

File this in your "It's Hard to be a Philadelphian" file.

Philadelphia has been called the fattest city in America.  We're really ugly, too.

Now, according to a survey by a company called Lookout - "the global leader in mobile security" - we lose our cell phones more than people in other U.S. cities do. So I guess we're also dopes.

This is from Lookout's press release:

Lookout's first ever Lost Phone Study, released today, reveals that that U.S consumers are losing more than $30 billion per year on lost phones, which nets out to over $250 per person.

Philadelphia was found to be the top city in the U.S. to lose your phone. Additional Philadelphia findings include:

             · Residents of Philly lose their phone two times per year on average

             · The price tag for lost phones in Philly is $48 million

             · The most likely spots in Philly to lose your phone are: buildings, automotive shops, pizza places, and churches

             At least Philadelphia isn't as bad as Manchester, England - where residents, the study claims, lose their cell phones more often than people do anywhere else in the world.


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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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