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Is It Safe to Do That? Here’s What Each State Is Curious About

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Asking your mom or your friends for advice is cool, but have you ever just asked the internet instead? Most likely, the answer is yes.

In this modern age, it’s pretty standard to take to an online search engine before you do something you’re not sure about. From your phone or your computer, Google is always there to overwhelm you with millions of search results when all you want to know is whether you can believe the urban myth that you can’t take a shower during a thunderstorm.

Those curiosities get even more curious when you look at them by state. Is it safe to eat lettuce yet? Is it chill to eat snow? What about gum—is it cool to chew and swallow it? (It’s either that or spit it into a crumpled receipt like the rest of us.)

Every state has its most-asked questions, and the internet always has an answer. Whether that answer is right or not, well, that’s a matter for another day.

Here are some of the most-googled concerns by state, from the serious to the silly.

Interesting findings

Some of the questions asked by certain states are pretty entertaining. Arizonans and Minnesotans are curious about whether it’s safe to shower in a thunderstorm. The good citizens of North Carolina are wondering whether or not it’s cool to eat snow. And the people of Michigan must be swiping right: they want to know whether it’s safe to date.

Here are some more notable results.

Is it safe to eat romaine lettuce?

2018’s multistate E. coli outbreak gave romaine a bad name. So much so that seven states—Connecticut, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin—are understandably concerned about whether the vegetable is safe to eat again. (It is, as of January 9.)

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Is it safe to do a liquid diet?

Six states want to know whether the juice cleanse is worth it: Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, and North Dakota are all asking if it’s safe to do a liquid diet.

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Is it safe to use Facebook? Do Keto? Take melatonin?

After last year’s major data breach, Alabama, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are taking to Google to find out whether they can trust Facebook.

Meanwhile, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, and Louisiana are looking to get into a healthier lifestyle and want to know if the low-carb, high-fat Keto diet is safe.

And the people of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia are just exhausted, frankly: those states are googling whether it’s safe to take melatonin.

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See what safety question your state is googling most

StateIs it safe to…
Alabamause Facebook
Alaskado a liquid diet
Arizonashower in a thunderstorm
Arkansasdo Keto
Californiaeat raw eggs
Coloradofly
Connecticuteat lettuce now
Delawaredo a liquid diet
Floridause Uber
Georgiasmoke e-cigs
Hawaiidrink tap water
Idahoeat romaine
Illinoisuse Uber
Indianavape
Iowado Keto
Kansasdo Keto
Kentuckytake melatonin
Louisianado Keto
Mainedo a liquid diet
Marylanduse microwaves
Massachusettsuse Venmo
Michigandate
Minnesotashower in a thunderstorm
Mississippido a liquid diet
Missouriuse Facebook
Montanaeat romaine
Nebraskado a liquid diet
Nevadadrink tap water
New Hampshireeat romaine
New Jerseyuse Uber
New Mexicoeat romaine
New Yorkuse Airbnb
North Carolinaeat snow
North Dakotado a liquid diet
Ohioswallow gum
Oklahomatake melatonin
Oregonfly
Pennsylvaniause Facebook
Rhode Islandeat romaine
South Carolinaeat snow
South Dakotaeat romaine
Tennesseevape
Texaslive in El Paso
Utahtake melatonin
Vermonteat romaine
VirginiaUse Facebook
Washingtonget vaccinated
West Virginiatake melatonin
Wisconsineat lettuce now
Wyominghunt
State
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Is it safe to…
use Facebook
do a liquid diet
shower in a thunderstorm
do Keto
eat raw eggs
fly
eat lettuce now
do a liquid diet
use Uber
smoke e-cigs
drink tap water
eat romaine
use Uber
vape
do Keto
do Keto
take melatonin
do Keto
do a liquid diet
use microwaves
use Venmo
date
shower in a thunderstorm
do a liquid diet
use Facebook
eat romaine
do a liquid diet
drink tap water
eat romaine
use Uber
eat romaine
use Airbnb
eat snow
do a liquid diet
swallow gum
take melatonin
fly
use Facebook
eat romaine
eat snow
eat romaine
vape
live in El Paso
take melatonin
eat romaine
Use Facebook
get vaccinated
take melatonin
eat lettuce now
hunt

Conclusion

It’s interesting that a lot of states have the same concern—whether it’s safe to take melatonin, eat snow or lettuce, or vape—while some states have area-specific concerns. Texans are concerned about the safety of El Paso. New Yorkers are worried about the safety of using Airbnb.

For the most part, though, it looks like we all worry about a lot of the same things. Good thing we can always ask Google.

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