Daily Dirt Trifecta: Driving a white car, eating Lay’s potato chips and listening to the Beatles

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Daily Dirt for Aug. 2, 2021 by Steve Eighinger


After all of these years, the Lads from Liverpool remain No. 1 in the colonies. No skipping ahead, read the following in order in Vol. 25 of the Daily Dirt.

  1. OK, this kind of surprised me. For those who have not looked ahead, any idea what the most popular car color is for Americans? Here’s a quick rundown:

A. White, 23.9 percent.

B. Black, 23.2 percent.

C. Gray, 15.5 percent.

D. Silver, 14.5 percent

E. Red, 10.3 percent.

F. Blue, 9 percent.

Grayscale colors (white, black, gray, and silver) represent a total of 77.1 percent of all vehicles on the road in the United States. White sits atop the list as the most popular choice. Some reasons for its popularity, according to germaincars.com, “include the fact that white is associated with modern and progressive themes due to its connection to technology products such as the Apple iPhone. It’s also one of the lowest maintenance car colors to keep looking clean due to its unique ability to hide dirt compared to many colors.”
For the record, both myself and the Little Woman drive silver cars. If I remember correctly, it was not so much the color but the price. And if I would have been asked to guess the most popular car ahead of time, I would have gone with red or blue.

2. Any guesses on the best-selling brands of potato chips in the U.S? If you guessed any of the following, go ahead and pat yourself on the back:
A. Lay’s

B. Ruffles

C. Pringle’s

In addition, Americans prefer plain-flavored potato chips, according to Statista research and based on U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey responses. About 185 million Americans consume potato chips each year — some more than others.

3. This kind of intrigued me. Business Insider compiled a list of the best selling music acts, based on total certified album units sold in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Here are the results:

1. Beatles, 183 million.

2. Garth Brooks, 156 million

3. Elvis Presley, 146.5 million

4. Eagles, 120 million

5. Led Zeppelin, 111.5 million

6. Billy Joel, 84.5

7. Michael Jackson, 84 million.

8. Elton John, 79 million.

9. AC/DC, 75 million.

10. Pink Floyd, 75 million.

Other notables:

15. Rolling Stones, 66.5 million

16. Bruce Springsteen, 65.5 million

27. Shania Twain, 48 million

29. Alabama, 46.5 million

38. Chicago, 38.5 million

39. Simon and Garfunkel, 38.5 million

41. Rod Stewart, 38 million

50. Dave Matthews Band, 34.5 million

Steve Eighinger

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