Cool Things You Might Want to Know

Be prepared for small talk at the office

I realize the topic of this blog does not include world news very often, and the matter of life and death is discussed only in esoteric terms. But there is some importance to having fodder for the water cooler chats at the office, so here is some ammunition for you to start the week…

Did you know that the OREO cookie is one hundred years old? This simple cookie embraces classic form and taste and has been praised by generations of kids and architectural critics alike. It is also the world’s most popular cookie and most-consumed cookie (35 billion were consumed in 2011). It’s no wonder it has inspired artists to create tributes as varied as manhole cover designs and cameos.

Judith G. Klausner's Oreo cameos

Oh, and in case you were wondering, 81% of men like to bite into their OREO’s, while 43% of women like to pull them apart.

Grand Dining Saloon aboard the S.S. Titanic (courtesy of

Did you know that next month will also be the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the Titanic? Well, not only is Mr. Cameron re-releasing the movie in 3D, if you act fast you can be one of the fortunate few who get to re-live the last meal served on the Titanic. The good news is, the chances of hitting an iceberg are slim this time. If you’re interested, check out Dine Titanic. (Really, I’m not kidding –  how cool would this be?!)

Too much caffeine isn't good for you 🙂

Did you know that March is Caffeine Awareness Month? Don’t panic, that doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking coffee or nibbling on dark chocolate. Here are some tidbits to make you feel more balanced about this guilty pleasure:

– caffeine stimulates the release of dopamine which  activates the part of your brain responsible for alertness and productivity

– moderate consumption is best – for 6 ounce cups, the suggested daily maximum is 3 cups of coffee, 4 cups of tea, or 6 cups of soda drinks (that’s doable, don’t you think?)

– energy drinks can more often have adverse affects than coffee or tea because they contain “suped-up” levels of caffeine, often in combination with other elements such as guarana and taurino, which all combine to boost energy, sometimes more than you might want

So, enjoy your odd cup of joe – just make sure you have time to jot down the good ideas your brain might create as a result!

Well, there you are – ready for another bout of office small talk or the next conversation while you watch the kids at swim class. Here’s to enjoying the lighter moments in life!


About happygourmand

I am a professional gourmande - a lover of life. Not only food and drink, but life in general. I love experiencing life to its fullest, and I love sharing my adventures with others.

Posted on March 5, 2012, in entertaining, food, history, reference and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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