February 01, 2007

Factoid of the Week

From The Observer:
A recent survey by Coldiretti also found that Parmesan is the most shoplifted item in Italy, accounting for 10 per cent of goods stolen from shops.
That can't possibly be true, can it?

Speaking of national stereotypes, I loved this quote from French writer Olivier Todd on the new smoking ban:
"There will not be a revolution . . . Those who enjoy cigarettes after a meal or after making love can still do so."
See, while Brits and Americans are harping on about what rights people have in public places, and the relative health benefits of quitting smoking, and all that, the French cut straight to the point: as long as they can still have a post-coital cigarette (which, let's face it, is probably about a pack a day for most Frenchmen), they're happy. Vive l'amour.

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