My name is Layla and I am a new addition to the Answers community team, I am also the community manager for Groups and Delicious and hope to showcase some fun ways for you to benefit from tapping into those Yahoo! properties. As a long time Answers member, I am thrilled to be here as an official Yahoo.
Given that I have chosen Belgium’s national holiday to post my first blog, I figured this small and fascinating country deserves some coverage. I started by posting a question on Answers to see what our community already knows about the land of chocolate, French fries, mussels, and waffles, and I’ve been having fun reading some of your answers to:
I could give you an overview with all the right figures — but isn’t that what Jimmy Donal Wales and Larry Sanger created Wikipedia for? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium
Instead, I’ll focus on one of my favorite topics: food.
Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year—but looking at the average Belgian tells me they don’t eat it all. Brussels’ national airport is the world’s biggest chocolate-selling point. (That would be an airport I definitely would not mind a long layover at.) A Belgian by the name of Adolphe Quetlet came up with the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is commonly used to determine a person’s ideal weight. (Probably his way of dealing with all the chocolate and beer intake.)
Proportionally, Belgium has one of the lowest numbers of McDonald’s restaurants in the developed world. It has seven times fewer McDonald’s than the U.S. and two times fewer than France. Can we assume this is a health-conscious nation? Well, Brussels sprouts really do originate in Belgium and have grown there for over 400 years, but this doesn’t stop the Belgians from visiting their own fast food chain: Quick.
After hearing what the Answers Community had to say about Belgium, I was curious to see how the Groups community has embraced the topic. I was surprised to see we currently have over 2,000 groups that show up in search results for Belgium-related groups.
A good example of what many of the Belgian-based groups are about. With 1,117 members, they are a multicultural, international social club for people in their 20s and 30s living in Brussels, Belgium. They organize a wide range of events to cater to all interests. So if you are visiting Belgium, you might want to check them out.
Don’t have time for a visit but want to learn more about Belgium? This group, created seven years ago, has over 300 active members. This is a place for fans of Belgian music, no matter where they’re located in the world. With lots of pictures, wallpapers, music, video files, and newsletters, this is an ideal place to learn about Belgian music and artists, including the latest gossip on Ian Van Dah.
Are you intrigued yet? Keep in mind that Belgium is not only about good food, but home to many great artists: one of the world renowned surrealist painters Rene Magritte is Belgian and Adolphe Saxe, a native of Dinant in Wallonia, invented the saxophone.
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