45 Ohio Fun Facts

1. Fifty percent of the United States population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus, Ohio.

2. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was from Wapakoneta, Ohio.

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3. It is illegal to fish for whales on a Sunday in Ohio… not that there’s any place to do that. Well, at least you can fish for them every other day of the week.

4. Thomas A. Edison, the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the early motion picture camera, was from Milan.

5. Akron was the first city to use police cars.

6. Ohio has the largest Amish population of any state in the nation.

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7. John Lambert of Ohio City made America’s first automobile in 1891.

8. The first full-time automobile service station opened in 1899 in Ohio.9. Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.

45 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ohio

9. Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.
10. Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Must be something in the water.

11. There is an alley dedicated to drummer Dave Grohl in his hometown of Warren, Ohio.45 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ohio

12. The largest drum sticks in the world are in David Grohl Alley, each measuring 23 feet long and weighing a half-ton.
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13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.

14. Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public in Ohio. The reasoning? So that men can’t see reflections of the women’s underwear in their shoes. Obviously.15. Life Savers candy was invented by Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio in 1912. They were touted as a “summer candy” since they didn’t melt like chocolate.

15. Life Savers candy was invented by Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio in 1912. They were touted as a “summer candy” since they didn’t melt like chocolate.

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16. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them are Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.

17. It is illegal for more than five women to live in one house in Ohio.

18. The world’s largest horseshoe crab is more than 55 feet long, and lives in Blanchester.

19. Ohio’s state flag is not a rectangle like other flags—it’s a pennant design, and it’s the only state flag in the United States with that design.

20. By state law, no one may be arrested on a Sunday or on the Fourth of July in Ohio, which is totally awesome and definitely not enforced.

21. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle, Ohio invented Teflon in 1938.

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22. You can take tours of a house made entirely of trash, affectionately referred to as ‘House of Trash’ in Philo. Spoiler: It’s actually totally cool.

23. There’s a mysterious rolling sphere in the Marion Cemetery. The 5,200-pound sphere of granite has been revolving on its base since it was placed there in the late 1800s. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” featured it in 1929. It’s still moving at an average of two inches per year.

24. The first airplane was invented by Dayton natives the Wright Brothers.

25. The Great Serpent Mound, the largest serpent effigy in the world at a half mile long, is on a plateau overlooking Brush Creek Valley in Adams County.

45 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ohio

26. The largest, most comprehensive collection of historical contraceptives in the world is at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History in Cleveland.

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27. The very first mechanical cash register was invented in Dayton.

28. The first concrete street in America, which is still in use today, was poured in 1891 near the Logan County Courthouse in Bellefontaine.

29. If a restaurant wants to serve horse meat in Ohio, they must display a sign that says, “Horse Meat Served Here.” Thank goodness for that.

30. There is a double Futuro House, aka UFO House, in Carlisle.

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31. The first capital city of Ohio wasn’t Columbus—it was Chillicothe, which is now part of the Greater Columbus Metropolitan Area.

32. In 1879, Cleveland became the first city to be lighted by electricity.

33. Akron is the rubber capital of the world.

34. It is unlawful to leave chewing gum in public places in Cleveland.

35. “Hang On Sloopy” is the official state rock song.

36. Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.37. The Lake Erie Monster, aka “Bessie,” is a serpent-type monster that lives in Lake Erie, or at least it’s been sighted a lot over the last 100 years. The New York Times even did a story on it in 1931.

37. The Lake Erie Monster, aka “Bessie,” is a serpent-type monster that lives in Lake Erie, or at least it’s been sighted a lot over the last 100 years. The New York Times even did a story on it in 1931.

38. The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest and most easily accessible great ice sheet grooves in the world. They were created 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet that covered part of North America.

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39. Dresden is the home of the world’s largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA.

40. There is an ‘Unofficial Lego Museum’ in Bellaire and it has some of the coolest lego creations known to man.

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41. For many years the patrons of Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop in Greenville have been sticking their gum outside the walls. Three of the building’s four walls are covered in gum, creating the infamous ‘Wall of Gum’.

42. In Dublin there’s a public art installation called ‘Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees)’. By the locals it’s called ‘Cornhenge’ and features 109 ears of concrete corn that stand eight feet tall. It’s a tribute and celebration of Sam Frantz, who invented hybrid corn species.

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43. There is a permanent ‘Things Swallowed’ display at the Allen County Museum in Lima that featured things that have been swallowed and retrieved by doctors, including buttons, thumbtacks, bones, coins, dentures and other things swallowed.

44. There is a shrine called the ‘Temple of Tolerance’ in Wapakoneta, that looks like it should be somewhere sacred, but it’s in Jim Bowsher’s backyard. He’s the temple master and gives free tours every day.

45. Ohio holds the record for the world’s largest basket, the Longaberger Company headquarters building in Newark. It’s seven stories high and 180,000 square feet.

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12 Employee Retention Facts That Will Keep You Up At Night

Employee retention has been a hot topic for Human Resources professionals and business owners for some time now. Concern over the subject has been growing and countless blogs, articles, and infographics have now been written across the web. Here is a list of employee retention facts all in one place:

Employee Retention Facts – Costs

  • The average cost of replacing an employee earning $8.10 per hour is roughly $3,500.
  • The cost of replacing middle level employees can be as high as 150% of their annual salary and high-level employees upwards of 400% of their annual salary.
  • Only 17% of organizations are aware of the direct costs of employee turnover, and only 9% know their indirect costs.
  • 45% percent of employers claim that millennials have the highest turnover rates in their company, costing them between $15,000 and $25,000.

Employee Retention Facts – Frequency

  • 2.5 million Americans quit their jobs every month.
  • The majority of all turnover– 52%, occurs in the first year of employment.
  • 25% of all employees plan to change jobs in 2016.
  • The average turnover for hourly employees is only four months, four times higher than their salaried counterparts.
  • Retail and food service jobs experience the highest turnover rates of any other industry.
  • The median number of years a U.S. worker has been in his or her current job is just 4.4, and just over 2 years for millennial employees.

Employee Retention Facts – Reasons for Leaving

  • The most commonly cited reasons for quitting are as follows: lack of opportunities for professional development (30%), inadequate compensation (28%), boredom/lack of challenge (27%), and poor work/life balance (20%).
  • For millennials, work life balance is even more important, as 89% feel that work-life balance is essential to happiness at work.


25 Fun Facts About Resumes, Interviews, & Social Recruitment

Think you know what the job search market looks like in 2016? These figures tell quite an intriguing story. Enjoy!

  • In the US, there are 3 million unfilled jobs and 11.8 million unemployed workers.
  • The average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume: 5 to 7 seconds.
  • 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address.
  • 88% rejection rate when you include a photo on your resume.
  • In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web. In 2015, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via email.
  • Only 35% of applicants are actually qualified for the jobs they apply to.
  • Applicant Tracking Software, the robots that read your resume, are able to quickly eliminate 75% of the applicants.
  • 427,000 resumes are posted each week on Monster.
  • 68% of employers will find you on Facebook.
  • There are 15 million brands and organizations on Facebook.
  • 18,400,000 applicants found their job on Facebook.
  • 10,200,000 applicants found their job on LinkedIn.
  • 89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn.
  • 8,000,000 applicants found their job on Twitter.
  • 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile.
  • 43% of job seekers have used their mobile device to engage in a job search with 7% of all job seekers conducting their job search online while in the restroom.
  • While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate.

How can they make such a decision in less than 2 minutes? In the same survey, respondents noted the following nonverbal mistakes as some of the reasons why you may be eliminated during the interview:

  • 70% indicated applicants were too fashionable or trendy.
  • 67% indicated failure to make eye contact.
  • 55% the way the candidate dressed, acted or walked through the door.
  • 47% of clients who had little or no knowledge of the company.
  • 38% was a tie – quality of voice and overall confidence; and lack of a smile.
  • 33% for bad posture.
  • 26% because the handshake was too weak.
  • 21% for crossing their arms over their chest during the interview.

22 Interesting Office Facts

Here are twenty two interesting office facts to get you through this Tuesday, February 2nd. Feel free to share any of these fun office facts at your next coffee break (no recognition is required).

  1. One percent of U.S. employers allow employees to take naps during working hours.
  2. People in the U.S. spend at least 1896 hours per year at work.
  3. Women business owners employ 35% more people than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.
  4. No piece of normal-size paper can be folded in half more than seven times.
  5. During thinking, we only use about 35% of our brains.
  6. A typist’s fingers travel 12.6 miles during an average workday.
  7. More American workers (18%) call out sick on Friday than any other day of the week.
  8. Tuesday has the lowest percent of absenteeism for American workers—11%.
  9. Difficulty focusing on the computer screen, short-term memory problems and trouble with basic math can be caused by a mere 2% drop in body water. Remember to stay hydrated during work hours.
  10. More people walk to work in Alaska than any other U.S. state.
  11. Americans now spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work.
  12. More than  50% of lost work days are stress related, keeping approximately 1 million people home from work every day.
  13. The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items.
  14. The United States has the fourth largest workforce in the world, at 154.2 million (does not include those who are unemployed).
  15. Forty percent of worker turnover is due to job stress.
  16. Remember to always take notes during meetings, as the brain retains less than 5% of what is said.
  17. Each person owns at least eight distinctive intelligences (Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Naturalistic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Verbal-Linguistic , Logical-Mathematical, Spatial), and these are further developed whenever used at work.
  18. “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  19. Refrigerating rubber bands makes them last longer.
  20. Eighty percent of jobs are gained through networking.
  21. Sixty-six percent of full-time workers in the U.S. say they are heavy drinkers (consuming five or more drinks per sitting at least five days per month), while only 4.9% of part-time workers in the U.S. say they are heavy drinkers.
  22. People spend one in every four and a half minutes online on social networks and blogs.