Things ARE different on either side of the river.

Take the big business of selling Girl Scout cookies. According to the Licking Valley Girl Scout Council, representing Northern Kentucky, the sale of Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and Tagalongs account for about 70 percent of all sales.
On the Ohio side, says the Great River Girl Scouts Council, it's Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Patties.

It might seem cookie consumers on the north side of the river don't have much in common with their south-side brethren, until you learn that in the "South," Girl Scout cookies have different names.

Hence, Samoas ARE Caramel deLites, Do-Si-Dos ARE peanut butter sandwiches and Tagalongs ARE peanut butter patties. It's just a different lingo.

At the offices of Cincy Business, Thin Mints were the top-sellers (12 boxes), according to official record-keepers (that would be the Winternitz girls, who descended upon the office like locusts the first day of sales).

Peanut Butter Patties followed (4), followed by Peanut Butter Sandwiches (3). No one bought Reduced Fat Cartwheels.
It costs 83 cents to produce each box of Girl Scout cookies, which retails for $3. The average troop in Greater Cincinnati nets 51 cents a box; the rest goes to council programs.

Considering about 2.5 million boxes will move this year in our area alone, that's a whole lotta Thin Mints.