Tuesday, February 17, 2004

While I'm under the weather, I thought I'd share a nugget of useless knowledge with my audience:

Candy is dandy, and there's plenty of it out there at this time of year. The Census Bureau, which tracks just about everything, helpfully reports that there were 3,839 candy stores in the United States in 2001, the last year such information was collected. And in 2002, candy consumption totaled 24 pounds for every man, woman and child in America. But that per capita figure was actually down from the 1997 total of 27 pounds. Atkins diet, maybe? For those seeking a less fattening way to celebrate Valentine's Day, it shouldn't be hard to find a florist. There were 23,870 of them nationwide in 2001, the bureau reports. Or to really show off, stop by one of the country's 29,780 jewelry stores. Regardless of the season, diamonds are a girl's best friend.
-CQ Midday Update [2/13/2004]


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