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Roll up the Rim 2008

If you read Roll up the Rim 2008this blog, you’d know that I’ve been tracking the Hortons’ ‘Roll up the Rim’ contest for quite a while (“Since 2002″). Just like last year, 2008 also misses the ‘breakdown of winning cups per size’ which makes the numbers look stale, if you’re a number cruncher.

On first view, there are more cases shipped to the regions 2 (Alberta), 4 (Quebec) and 6 (the US), while the Atlantic provinces and Ontario lose out on the amount of them (there’s also a bit more ‘winning cases’, 12,000 or some [Hortons metrics: ‘1 case = 1000 cups’].

As for the prizes: they’re quite dull. There is the Toyota (for the 3rd year in a row now) of course but the rest of the prizes (a boat, a Garmin device and a Hortons cash card worth 50 dollars) will probably not appeal to everyone. I’m a bit surprised to see the (popular) TV prize missing. On the other hand this appears logical and follows the basic rule of linear interpolation: after all, the size of the winning TV shrunk from 50 inch (in 2006) to 40 inch (in 2007) to nothing, nada, zilch this year. For some kind of reason, I keep thinking of the Wizard of Oz, right now.

If that doesn’t make you want to throw up and laugh, what does? Have at it coffee-drinkers of Canada (and the US).

Previous entries: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002.

Coffee, huh

The BBC has an article about how coffee protects female memory: A French research team compared women aged 65 (and older) who drank more than 3 cups of coffee per day with those who only drank one per day. Those who drank more apparently showed less decline in memory tests over a four year period. The protective effect didn’t seem to apply to men and the results of the research suggest that women metabolize caffeine differently.

My eyes fell on the ‘See also’ section of that article which link to other (BBC) items on coffee research: Coffee may help relieve gym pain (07), ‘coffee boosts female sex drive’ (06), decaf coffee linked to heart risks (05) and caffeine does not raise blood pressure (02).

I think that covers all of coffee’s important properties. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you have to get up early in the morning, you definitely shouldn’t drink coffee at night.