This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing. We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.
Attendance at the Louvre rose from an average of 6 million visitors in 2000 to 7.5 million in 2005. Museum officials are mum on the matter, but most in the art world call this “The Da Vinci Code Effect,” attributing the visitor increase (and interest) to the novel by Dan Brown that sold more than 61 million copies in 44 languages.
Vieux Boulogne, a soft cheese from Northern France, is–according to a panel of nineteen human taste tasters and one “electronic nose” (a machine equipped with sensors to detect different chemical aromas)–the smelliest cheese in the world.
These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).
Interesting trivia. As much as I read, I never read THE DAVINCI CODE, but I’m glad that it possibly inspired some interest in art. It’s amusing that there is technology that can tell you which cheese is the smelliest. I certainly don’t want to be the smell-tester.
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Vickie, thanks for sharing. I never read this book either. If I remember right, the theme was controversial to many believers. As for the cheese, I am right with you. Grace be with you.