Thursday, January 31, 2008

Weird Facts: The $400-A-Bottle Beer

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- It will take more than a few bucks to buy this bottle of brew.Carlsberg ASA officials said the brewery's new Vintage No. 1 beer is probably the world's best and most expensive.

The Danish brewer is charging about $400 for a single bottle of less than a pint. Brewmaster Jens Eiken said only 600 bottles of the beer will be made and most will be sold through three of Copenhagen's most exclusive restaurants. He said more than 50 have already been purchased.

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The brewmaster said the beer, which weighs in at about 10.5 percent alcohol, is stored in Swedish French oak casks in a special place about 50 feet below Carlsberg's old brewery.

Consumers won't be returning the empties for a deposit. Each bottle has a hand-stenciled label by a well-known artist. The empties are said to be worth about $100 each.

[Via - Local6]


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Funny Weird Facts

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1. Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating.
2. Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
3. Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.
4. When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second.
5. A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood.
6. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
7. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
8. A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
9. There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.
10. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

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Weird Facts: Marijuana Vending Machines to Begin Operating in California

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Vending machines distributing the drug marijuana are to begin operating in the US state of California.

The machines can only be used by people who have been prescribed the drug for health reasons.

Patients will have to provide a prescription, and be fingerprinted and photographed before being allowed to use the facilities.

Eleven US states allow the medicinal use of marijuana, primarily for pain relief, but it remains controversial.

Vince Mehdizadeh, owner of the Herbal Nutrition Centre in Los Angeles, where one of the two first machines is based, said it would allow patients to buy extra supplies whenever needed.

Series of checks

Once the users have been photographed, fingerprinted and have shown their prescription, they will be issued with a card which can be used in the machines, he told KWTX News 10 in the US.

"They'll be greeted by a security guard right there. They'll slide the card in and they'll fingerprint in to verify that it's them," he was quoted by KWTX News 10 as saying.

"A camera takes a picture of them, verifying that they're actually at the machine. And they get the medicine and they move on."

The operators think that vending machines issuing prescription drugs could become a common sight in the US.

Proponents say marijauna is a valuable tool for relieving pain and stimulating appetite in the sick.

However, it remains banned by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act and the US federal government does not currently recognise any legitimate medical use.

[Via - BBC]

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