Percentage of registered dietician nutritionists who named Facebook as the #1 source of misinformation about nutrition and diet, according to a 2019 What’s Trending in Nutrition survey. Blogs were second (73%); Instagram third (55%). As for who provides nutrition misinformation, RDs most often named celebrities (87%). Sorry, Marie Osmond.
Approximate length of time (in years), Paris’ nudist restaurant O’Naturel remained in business. (It will close tomorrow, February 16). Although four million people vacation in the nude in France each year, French authorities were not quite as keen on a public restaurant where one could slurp oysters and sip Burgundy in the buff. In a nod to fashion (ah, those French), women were allowed to leave on their high heels if they desired.
Total number of miles in Scotland’s “Dramathon,” an annual boozy race along Speyside Way, home to over 80 world-renowned whisky distilleries. What makes this marathon so special? The finish line is at the Glenfiddich distillery where runners sip single malt scotches and receive medals made from whisky barrel staves. The Dramathon takes place in October. Registration is now open.
Percentage by which sales of SweetHearts conversation hearts candy have dropped, according to CandyStore.com. Necco, the company that made the candied “Be Mine” and “Marry Me” hearts, went out of business last year. On average, Necco produced 8 billion conversation hearts every year, all to be sold within a 6-week period before Valentine’s Day.
Number of gin distilleries operating in Great Britain according to a 2018 Office for National Statistics report. That’s up from 113 less than a decade earlier. But according to The New York Times, gin has become so wildly popular today that the U.K. now uses gin sales to measure inflation.
Percentage of people who drink a bottle of wine within 24 hours of purchase, according to Sonoma State University’s 2018 survey of the American Wine Consumer. This is in direct contrast to the much-believed myth that the majority of Americans—a whopping 98 percent—open a bottle within 24 hours of purchase. It seems many oenophiles do indeed appreciate the idea of delayed gratification.
Percentage increase in oat milk sales since last summer, according to the Specialty Coffee Association and Square. The explosion of interest in alternative milks comes as more of us replace dairy with plant-based milks in our morning Joe. The other most popular plant milks: almond (#1) and soy (#2).
Number of baguettes produced daily (daily!) on the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The ship carries on average 2100 people, for whom daily rations of baguettes and croissants are clearly indispensable. Of course, what’s a crusty baguette without an accompanying glass of wine? Luckily, there are four bars on board. (This is the French Navy).
Amount (in U.S. dollars) paid for eight Double Magnums of Screaming Eagle Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon at the recent 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida. Overall, the auction raised $15.8 million for the Naples Children and Education Foundation, making it one of the most successful single wine auctions in the United States.
Approximate cost per acre (in U.S. dollars) to bury vines—by hand—in parts of Washington State each winter. The canes of the vines are buried to protect them from sub-freezing temperatures which can kill the trunk and buds for the coming year. About three years out of every decade, cold weather damages some exposed vineyards in Washington.