Minneapolis boasts a healthy lead* over the nation, and the world, when it comes to placing the words "on a stick" into news articles, television reports, and jokes, according to Google Trends-based research.
For years, the upper Midwestern city has boasted 20% higher rates of "on a stick" searches and content generation than its closest competitors, the California cities of Irvine, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
According to a recently released careful study, "on a stick" journalism and interest typically follows an annual cycle, peaking each year in late August and early September.
"I was so excited by this news, I grabbed the nearest stick I could find and held it up in the air," Mayor R.T. Rybak said. "We've come a long way from when local journalists first discovered the existence of sticks back in the 1970s. Writing about things placed on a stick is now a more attractive and effective way of covering local issues, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the City and County governments, the country's best coalition of nonprofits and tens of thousands of stick users."
By choosing to continue to be fascinated by things placed on a stick, local Minneapolis residents help fuel the city's #1 ranking, while increasing our dependence on domestic cooking oil. Minneapolis has the second highest percentage of sticks per capita in the nation, according to a U.S. Census comparison of the nation's 50 biggest cities.
* After pausing to consider what's typically placed "on a stick", one realizes that the lead might not actually be healthy.