"If it's causing you more stress than it's worth... it's not worth it." - Yellow
Question #23152 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

First off, I just wanted to point out that I did not ask the question about God killing Joseph Smith's baby. [A-choo] That was some impostor smurf. [cough cough cough] Second, could you please tell me what are of the United States has the lowest pollen count year-round? [sniff] Thanks.

--Sickly Smurf

A: Dear Sickly Smurf,
A recent study performed by pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough declared the following cities as the best for allergy-sufferers:

1. Grand Rapids, MI
2. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
3. Seattle, WA
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Chicago, IL
7. Syracuse, NY
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Los Angeles, CA
10. Denver, CO

This list isn't likely to make you feel better, since you (presumably) live near number 8 on that list. Keep in mind that dust and other allergens are often the culprits for allergies, and these are present in every location. Particularly in the type of apartments that students live in.

As an extreme solution, there are communities built in the middle of nowhere for people who suffer from extreme allergic conditions and other types of sensitivities. You could always move to some desert town in Arizona, but that doesn't sound like much of a solution.

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