29% of Brits make out they’re ‘foodies’ – Noting fishy going on here then!

Posted on May 3, 2017

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29% of Brits Make out they are ‘foodies‘ – noting fishy going on here then!

Millions of Britons claim to have visited a place they have never been to, enjoyed a book they’ve never read – or eaten food they secretly can’t stand, in a bid to appear more “cultured”, according to a new study. Research into cultural experiences revealed the exaggerations Britons tell to appear more ‘food-literate’, better-travelled and more worldly wise.

According to the survey, 29 percent make out that they are ‘foodies’ to their friends, family and colleagues – suggesting they regularly dine on oysters, quinoa and sushi – when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whilst four in ten have claimed to have seen a film they’ve never seen, while around one in five (19 percent) have overplayed their interest in politics in a bid to impress their peers.

Meanwhile, 21 percent have fibbed about where they have been in the world – with New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome emerging as popular places we’ve never been to.

A similar number (17 percent) have given the impression to their family and friends that they are more into ‘cool’ music than they actually are.  There are also a handful of people who’ve gone as far as to be economical with the truth when the topic of plays, operas and arthouse films crop up.

Other popular pretends include joining in discussions about famous pieces of literature we’ve never actually read (17 percent).

A further 35 percent claim they would consider a cruise to a destination such as the Mediterranean or Caribbean in a bid to appear more cultured.

MSC Cruises UK commissioned the research among adults aged between 16 and 65, commented saying: “We know that guests seek to visit new countries in order to broaden their horizons beyond the everyday. Visiting somewhere such as the Mediterranean or Caribbean on a cruise is a great way to visit different countries without having to unpack a suitcase and discover differing cultures, cuisines and traditions in a short amount of time, giving guests plenty of new stories and experiences to share with family and friends.”

Despite the penchant for a bit of ‘spin’ from time to time to boost our social status the study by MSC Cruises UK found most Brits do get their fair share of culture.

According to the data the average Brit will enjoy a fine dining experience on nine occasions.

Top 20 foods Brits claim to like

  1. Sushi
  2. Dark chocolate
  3. Rare steak
  4. Quinoa
  5. Oysters
  6. Craft ales
  7. Smelly cheese
  8. Hot chillies
  9. Avocado
  10. Granola
  11. Raw Vegetables
  12. Sweetbreads
  13. Kale
  14. Korean food
  15. Kimchi
  16. Sashimi
  17. Courgetti
  18. Rye Bread
  19. Bowl food (Congee)
  20. Aged meat

Top 20 films Brits claim to have seen

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. The Godfather
  3. Fight Club
  4. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  5. It’s a Wonderful Life
  6. The Graduate
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  8. Donnie Darko
  9. Citizen Kane
  10. Taxi Driver
  11. Chocolat
  12. Goodfellas
  13. Lost in Translation
  14. Amelie
  15. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
  16. The Colour Purple
  17. Cinema Paradiso
  18. The Red Balloon
  19. All About Eve
  20. North by Northwest

Top 20 places Brits claim to have visited

  1. New Zealand
  2. New York
  3. Australia
  4. Rome
  5. Paris
  6. Iceland
  7. Cuba
  8. Brazil
  9. Venice
  10. Jamaica
  11. Moscow
  12. Dubai
  13. Milan
  14. Barcelona
  15. Morocco
  16. Berlin
  17. Miami
  18. Florence
  19. Ibiza
  20. Sri Lanka

Top 20 theatre productions Brits claim to have seen

  1. Romeo and Juliet
  2. Macbeth
  3. Hamlet
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  5. King Lear
  6. Carmen
  7. The Importance of Being Earnest
  8. Richard III
  9. Madame Butterfly
  10. The Cherry Orchard
  11. An Inspector Calls
  12. The Crucible
  13. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  14. As You Like It
  15. Waiting for Godot
  16. A Street Car Named Desire
  17. Tosca
  18. Othello
  19. The Glass Menagerie
  20. Uncle Vanya

Top 20 books Brits claim to have read

  1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  5. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  6. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  7. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  8. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R Tolkien
  9. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  10. Ulysses – James Joyce
  11. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  12. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  13. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  14. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  15. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  16. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  17. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  18. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  20. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
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