Something is amiss in the United Kingdom. University College London researchers tried to reconcile alcohol sales with the amounts people claimed to drink in surveys, but the numbers just don’t match up. Nearly half of all booze sold in the U.K. is unaccounted for.
So, where did it go? A lesser writer might just chalk this up to people under-reporting what they drink, what business is it of yours, jack? And it makes some sense — anyone who’s ever been asked by a professor how much they’ve had to drink is more likely to low-ball that figure.
It’s meaningless study time again! Want to guess which of the wealthiest nations eats more in terms of time? The answer may surprise you. Want to know who sleeps the most? Well, it’s the same country.
But rather than get into that, let’s get to the more important question: who the hell in this country sleeps an average of 8.5 hours a night?
This survey was most likely not talking about kids, but since when do Americans sleep more than eight hours? We bleary-eyed, contributing members of society, and more so, those of us who are not opposed to the night life, would like to know who is sleeping in. Is it you old people? Maybe the farmers waking up at the crack of dawn and going to bed after sunset?
Anyway, the answers from the first questions we asked: the French eat more and sleep more. That makes sense. All that cigarette smoking and philosophical debating in cafés can really wear you out–and work up an appetite.