1.) Today, Rob Van Winkle will be honored at the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” in Wellington, Florida. The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is acknowledging Van Winkle for his “spirit of giving and dedication” to the town he’s called home for more than 10 years. Van Winkle is better known by his stage name “Vanilla Ice,” and films “The Vanilla Ice Project,” a reality show about making money by flipping houses on the DIY Network, in Wellington. The honor will be presented today at the Wanderers Club in Wellington.
2.) If you love wine, and would like to be surrounded by others who do, you may want to consider a move to the place that consumes more wine per capita than any other country on our planet. Pack your bags and be ready to have the Pope as your neighbor, as you’ll be heading to Vatican City. According to the Wine Institute, residents of Vatican City drink 74 liters of wine per person, which translates to about 105 bottles per year, which is double Italy’s consumption. Among the reasons for the high volume of wine drinking – wine is practically tax-free in Vatican City.
3.) When they say "The envelope, please" at the Academy Awards this Sunday, pay attention to the envelope, another example of Hollywood excess. Since 2010, Oscar winning names have been sealed in designer envelopes. The envelopes are big and thick, made of metallic gold paper with red lacquered accents and each weighing 4 ounces. 3 sets of the envelopes, containing the names of 121 nominees in the 24 categories, are created - Two sets go to the accountants at PriceWaterhouseCooper, and one is a backup. It’s estimated that it takes 110 hours to hand make the Oscar envelopes, each costing about $200 dollars.