More than 15,000 of the world's most hardcore mixology fans—and professionals—flew into New Orleans to experience this year's "Tales of the Cocktail". The five-day-long marathon is filled with pool parties, pairing dinners, special theme nights, and many nerdy seminars (I spoke at one called "A Better Understanding of Bitter Flavors"). I learned a ton of useless facts throughout the event. This one, which ended dramatically on Sunday with a sudden monsoon, proved full of unanticipated insights into our drinking habits. The oddest factoids are below.