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We Missed National Wine Day

Happy National Wine Day, everyone!  Maybe just wait until AFTER work to celebrate.  For now, here are a few wine facts to tide you over.

1.  Red wine is our favorite type, followed by white, and then rosé.  The most popular reds are merlot, cabernet, pinot, and red zin.

2.  The top mistakes we make when drinking wine are holding the glass by the bulb instead of the stem . . . opening it wrong, and getting pieces of cork in the bottle . . . and mispronouncing the name when ordering wine at a restaurant.

3.  How many glasses of wine do you usually have in one sitting?  74% of wine drinkers say one or two.  9% said they usually take down a FULL BOTTLE themselves.  That’s five glasses.

4.  The average person drinks over three gallons of wine a year.  It’s been going up pretty much non-stop for decades.  50 years ago, we drank half that much.

5.  Which country makes the best wine?  19% of Americans say the United States, which is good enough for second place.  21% say France.  Italy is third at 18%.  (“Don’t know” was the top answer at 32%.)

6.  Three in four people say the best place to drink wine is at home.

7.  The #1 thing we consider when picking out a wine is the price.  Two-thirds say it’s a big factor.  Brand name is next, and then alcohol percentage.

8.  How much does a good bottle of wine cost?  42% of Americans say anything over $10 qualifies as a “nice” bottle.

9.  In a blind taste test, do you think you could tell the difference between a cheap bottle, and a really good bottle?  Only 36% of us think we could.

Don’t Be A Rude Pool Noodle!

1.  Using the pool as a toilet.  Yeah . . . please don’t pee in there.

2.  Bringing glassware.  Stick with plastic cups, or metal water bottles.  Breaking a glass at a public pool isn’t a good look.

3.  Hogging the lounge chairs.  If you want to show up early to get the best spot, that’s fine.  Just don’t use towels, books, and bags to “hold” your spot and then disappear until 2:00 p.m.

4.  Letting your kids run wild.  Letting them have fun is one thing.  Just be willing to rein it in if you need to.

5.  Topless tanning.  WE’RE not judging.  But parents might if you undo your top at a public pool or kid-friendly resort.  Even if you’re lying face-down, you’ll get some looks.

6.  Excessive splashing, including cannonballs.  Again, that’s usually about keeping kids . . . and husbands . . . in check.

7.  Blasting music.  Don’t assume everyone wants to listen to it.  Unless it’s a private pool, use headphones.

8.  Going inside barefoot.  That one’s mainly for resorts and hotels.  If you’re heading inside, towel off and put shoes on.

9.  Jumping in when you’re gross or super-sweaty.  Towel off first.  Or if it’s a beachside pool and you’re still sandy, use an outdoor shower before you get in.

10.  Showing up with a contagious condition.  Like a rash or foot fungus.  Don’t assume the chlorine will keep it from spreading.  They also say people might not love it if you go swimming with an obvious OPEN WOUND.

Her Biggest Fan, Was Also Her Stepdad

An Australian OnlyFans model claims that her number one fan, who spent thousands of dollars on her site, ended up being her stepdad.  Talia Madison says the man had been in her life since she was eleven and when her mom found out she kicked him to the curb.  Here she is telling the story.

When To Skip The Tip 

We heard the other day that even self-checkout kiosks are asking us to tip now.  But there ARE still situations where tipping isn’t necessary, or can even be seen as bad etiquette. 

According to experts, here are five times you don’t need to leave a tip . . .

1.  Don’t tip service technicians, like plumbers and electricians.  They usually make a good wage and aren’t expecting a tip.

2.  Don’t tip flight attendants.  It’s considered bad form, and some airlines even have policies against it.  Handing out drinks is one small part of their job.  The rest of what they do is closer to being a first responder than a server.  And you obviously wouldn’t tip a firefighter or paramedic.

3.  Don’t tip if you’re traveling in certain countries.  It’s not expected in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe.  In east Asia, it can even be seen as an insult.

4.  Don’t tip at restaurants when gratuity is included.  If they automatically add 20%, you can tack on a little more if you want.  But don’t feel any pressure to.

5.  Don’t tip highly trained professionals, like nurses, lawyers, and accountants.  If you want them to know you appreciate them, send a card or give them a positive review online.