A Ho Ho no no

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Youngsters who are rewarded for good grades with after-school snacks might sympathize as I admit: No Ho Ho for me.

In yesterday's story about Pittsburgh's nation-leading consumption of Hostess Ho Hos, I reported that our residents down them at a rate of 1.51 per person per day.

The bad math, however, unraveled like a chocolatey Swiss-rolled treat, as readers pointed out: Pittsburgh's population (334,563) times days in the year (365) times 1.51 Ho Hos equals 184,394,397 per year.

Hostess sells only 100 million Ho Hos annually.

The story should have said 1.51 Ho Hos per Pittsburgher per year, a rate that still leads the nation, but doesn't come close to making us the heavyweights the story suggested.

Yarone Zober, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's chief of staff, was happy to hear it.

"It was a bit overwhelming," he said when he called yesterday to confirm the numbers. "We like our sweets in Pittsburgh. But I didn't think we liked them that much."



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