Summary of news topics
* Eating one chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 150 feet.
* Some have said that chocolate can cure hangovers.
* Almost 40% of all cocoa beans come from the Ivory Coast.
* The country that eats the most chocolate per person is Switzerland. The U.S. is 15th.
* Chocolate is a health food! There have been studies showing that chocolate helps with memory, attention, reaction time, and other activities. It is also believed to help during pregnancy. (No surprise there!). And it contains antioxidants.
* All the coffee in the world is grown within 1000 miles of the equator, an area known as the "bean belt". 80% of it is produced on family farms of just 12 acres of less.
* A 16-ounce coffee at Starbucks contains the caffeine equivalent of 9.5 cans of Coke.
* The only US state that grows coffee in Hawaii.
* 80 countries produce coffee but the biggest producer is Brazil, who provides 33% of all coffee.
* About 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide.
* The Netherlands drinks the most coffee per person. After that comes Finland and Sweden. The U.S. is 16th.
* Musicians Bach and Mozart were coffee-freaks. They drank a lot of it.
"If you torture the data long enough, it will confess."
That old conundrum of correlation vs. causation is back again. CNBC had an article that was picked up by several local news outlets, Diet Drinks Linked with Heart Disease, Death. Except, when you read the article, that's not really what it's saying.
The findings, being presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, don't suggest that the drinks themselves are killers. But women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying to make up for unhealthy habits, experts say.
Oh, so there is a CORRELATION between Diet Drinks and other unhealthy habits. Maybe there is also a correlation between unhealthy habits and the television shows people watch, or the kind of cars they drive.
The women who drank the most drinks were also more likely to smoke, to be overweight, to have diabetes and to have high blood pressure.
Wow, are they saying that the diet drinks caused the smoking, the weight, and/or diabetes?
The news media loves a sensational headline. But in this story the facts to back it up are laughable at best. Statistics are an abused science.