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  • Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label

    01/16/2021 11:12:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 1/16 | Oona McGee
    It was a sad day for beer lovers across Japan on Jan 8, when Sapporo Breweries put the lid on an exclusive new brew release just four days before it was due to go on sale. According to the company, the new beer, called Kaitakushi Beer Tailored, used the same traditional manufacturing methods as Japan’s first beer factory, Kaitakushi Brewery, founded in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in 1897, and was set to be sold exclusively at FamilyMart convenience stores around the country on Jan 12. However, the beer’s release was pulled from sale before even making it to stores, and the problem...
  • The Mythical Snow Monster that Roams the Mountains: The Yeti

    01/16/2021 11:01:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Mon, January 11, 2021
    In Asia, a huge, hairy ape-man stomps through the snowy Himalayan mountain range, hunting for prey and terrorizing local people. Or so the legend goes. For generations, stories of the yeti, aka the abominable snowman, have been told. Does he live in an icy cave? Is he related to Bigfoot, the ape-man said to roam the forests of the northwestern United States? Is the monster real? According to the BBC, the mythical monster is rooted in the folklore of the Sherpa, the communities that live in the mountains of eastern Nepal. The yeti or a group of yetis always are...
  • What makes an old song go viral on TikTok?

    01/16/2021 10:31:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NME ^ | 15th January 2021 | Lucy Harbron
    From Kate Bush's 'Babooshka' to Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams', the app's gone nostalgia crazy. We asked TikTok stars, musicians and psychologists: why?Kate Bush's 1980 weirdo-banger 'Babooshka' has filled many a TikTokker with glee. Credit: Getty You don’t need us to tell you that TikTok now has a huge effect on the music industry. With the power to launch careers with one viral clip, we’re seeing the birth of a new star every day. But how about the revival of an old one? Last year saw TikTok revive vintage hits, from ‘70s classics such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ to ‘00s deep cuts...
  • Reports Of Unexplained Shaking Rattles South Florida Residents On Friday

    01/16/2021 10:20:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    cbs4Miami ^ | January 16, 2021 at 10:07 am
    The City of Weston even posted a tweet that reads, “In regard to the rumbling that people in Weston felt just earlier. There was NO explosion in #Weston. There are reports this was felt in several counties. We do not have definitive information on what caused it at this time.” A CBS4 viewer said in an email her “sliding glass doors and windows shook violently. I’m in West Kendall. Friends as faar south as marathon and Islamorada felt it and as far north as Davie and Lauderhill.” The United States Geological Survey is not reporting any activity in South Florida...
  • Why don’t we drink pig’s milk?

    01/16/2021 9:51:32 AM PST · by mylife · 57 replies
    the take out ^ | 1/30/18 | kevin pang
    Not that that’s stopped some people from trying. Edward Lee, the James Beard Award-nominated chef of 610 Magnolia, was so intrigued with serving pig’s milk cheese at his Louisville, Kentucky, restaurant that he experimented with different ways of milking a pig. The most extreme involved ingratiating himself to the sow by smearing pig poop on his jacket and sitting near her until she was familiar enough with him to fall asleep. Then he’d move in to milk—but even this was to no avail. In the end, as Lee told Modern Farmer, “Cows have been domesticated for so many years, they’re...
  • Scot warns 'Covid is making haggis braver' after spotting 'beast' near Glasgow

    01/16/2021 1:06:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 16 JAN 2021 | Kirsty Feerick
    Kat Berrie from Stirling had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'.A Scots jokester warned the public that Covid is 'making haggis braver' after stumbling across one near Glasgow. Kat Berrie from Glasgow had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'. The 29-year-old jokester actually stumbled across abandoned faux fur but took the opportunity to prank Facebook users. She snapped pictures of the object and warned others to 'watch their step' after her sighting of the 'creature' Kat shared the hilarious pictures...
  • A Big Mistake Triggered The 50-Year "Gates Of Hell" Blaze

    01/15/2021 12:35:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    https://www.iflscience.com ^ | 22 Dec 2020 | Rachel Funnell
    “You’re only human” is a phrase used to excuse all manner of sins. But some human errors carry greater, longer-lasting consequences than others. In the 70s, one such miscalculation tested the weight-bearing capacity of an “oil mine”, which later turned out to be a large pocket of natural gas. Having put an immense rig on top of this pocket, the engineers scarpered as a huge crater filled with natural gas formed. Fearful of how the gas might affect neighboring wildlife and communities, a quick fix was settled on. This was to light a fire that would burn off the gas...
  • One of the weirder things you’ll read today.

    01/15/2021 12:14:15 PM PST · by Ponce de Leon County · 21 replies
    We received a lengthy letter from Dominion's defamation lawyers explaining why they believe that their client has been the victim of defamatory statements. Having considered the full import of the letter, we have agreed to their request that we publish the following statement:
  • 'Put The Vaccine In Chai': Netizens' Hilarious Ways To Speed Up COVID-19 Mass Vaccination

    01/15/2021 11:11:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Republicworld ^ | 1/14 | Riya Baibhawi
    India is all set to begin its mass inoculation drive against coronavirus on January 16. With just two days left for Phase 1 to begin, health authorities across the country have already practised dry runs and set up vaccination centres. Amidst all this, netizens have come up with their unique suggestions to vaccine the maximum number of people in the shortest possible time.While the government aims to safeguard at least 30 crore residents against coronavirus with injection shots, netizens have now devised a way to inoculate cities at once. The whole Twitter conversation started after a user touted that put...
  • Magicians To Gather In Online Event To Mark Centenary Of 'sawed Into Half' Trick

    01/15/2021 11:04:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Republicworld ^ | Jan 14, 2021 | Zaini Majeed
    London’s The Magic Circle informed that was organizing a ‘Special event’ this Sunday to commemorate the magicians history Selbit created 100 years ago.On January 14, the Magic Circle of London celebrated the 100 years since English magician named Percy Thomas Tibbles painstakingly cut out a sealed wooden box into two, splitting a woman lying inside into halves. British stage magic of ‘sawing into halves’ originated after P. T. Selbit, synonymous with iconic magical illusion performed the trick in the presence of the audience as he cut a woman in half and miraculously reassembled her. On January 17, the magic circle...
  • Q ~ Trust Trump's Plan ~ 01/14/21 Vol.326, Q Day 1175

    01/14/2021 2:19:08 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3,005 replies
    qalerts.app ^ | January 14, 2021 | FReeQs, FReepers, vanity
    (h/t foldspace) Q is the result of the sacrifices and commitment of countless patriots to win back our captured country from the Deep State and achieve the transformation President Trump promised in this campaign video. President Trump has said the awakening of the public is key to this transformation.Q describes this awakening as follows: "The Great Awakening ('Freedom of Thought’), was designed and created not only as a backchannel to the public (away from the longstanding 'mind’ control of the corrupt & heavily biased media) to endure future events through transparency and regeneration of individual thought (breaking the chains of...
  • begin? Antarctica pyramids claim: ‘Oldest pyramid on Earth' is hidden on icy continent

    01/15/2021 2:23:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Wed, Jan 13, 2021 | SEBASTIAN KETTLEY
    THE oldest pyramids on Earth are hidden away under the deep cold snow of Antarctica, conspiracy theorists have shockingly claimed on the History Channel.Ancient alien theorists who are certain secret pyramids are concealed all around the globe, think some may be hidden on Antarctica. Conspiracy theorists, in particular, point to a vaguely pyramid-like structure near the Shackleton mountain range on the icy continent. The “pyramid” in question, when viewed on satellite imagery, does appear to have four steep sides much like the Great Pyramid of Giza. Is the Illuminati real and is Earth flat? Top 10 conspiracy theories This incredibly...
  • No Parking Here: Man Barricades Neighbour's Car With Sandbags, Traffic Cones

    01/15/2021 1:42:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 14, 2021 | KIMBERLY ANNE LIM
    Ever left a passive-aggressive note to call out bad parking? Well, one man was so incensed that he went the extra mile, barricading the errant driver in with traffic cones, sandbags and even his own car. The dispute between the man and the driver took place at 44 Jalan Rabu on Tuesday (Jan 12) at about 7.31am, police confirmed. The man, who looked to be in his fifties, had gotten upset when he pulled up to the corner terrace unit and spotted a red car parked in front of it, an eyewitness told Lianhe Wanbao. "Coincidentally, the house opposite was...
  • Trump Close To Filling Impeachment Punch Card For Free Sub Sandwich

    01/14/2021 8:53:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | January 13, 2021 | The Babylon Bee
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—With Trump closing in on a record second impeachment in 4 years, he is now close to filling out his impeachment punch card that grants him a free sub sandwich of his choice in the Capitol Building cafe. "It's a little-known addition to Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution you may not have heard of," said Constitutional scholar Jenna Ellis. According to Ellis, the full section reads as follows: "The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high...
  • Tom Cruise reportedly buys robots to enforce COVID-19 safety on film set

    01/14/2021 4:55:36 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    Page Six ^ | January 14, 2021 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Tom Cruise has shelled out “huge sums” for two high-tech robots to enforce coronavirus safety protocols on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” – and also administer spot tests to the crew, according to a report. “Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn’t shut down that he’s splashed out on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves,” a source on the set told The Sun. Shooting resumes this week in the UK before the production heads to Dubai, the source said. The 58-year-old megastar — who recently blew up at two...
  • London Bridge day: the story of Lake Havasu’s grandiose antique

    01/14/2021 3:46:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    St. George News ^ | January 10, 2021 | Reuben Wadsworth
    FEATURE — Anyone wanting a dose of authentic European architecture and ambiance does not have to hop on a plane and “cross the pond” but drive just over four hours south of St. George to what one writer called “The largest antique ever sold.” That large antique is the London Bridge, which is now located in Lake Havasu City in northwestern Arizona. It’s not the original London Bridge, nor is it one that inspired the nursery rhyme or song. Even so, it is an impressive sight in the United States. A series of bridges have spanned the River Thames in...
  • Tower of London's 'Queen' raven feared dead as legend warns 'Kingdom will fall'

    01/14/2021 1:52:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 14 JAN 2021 | Harry Walker, Danya Bazaraa
    Merlina the raven is missing. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times, the kingdom of Britain will fall The Tower of London’s famous 'Queen' raven has been missing for several weeks and is now feared dead. In a statement on Twitter, Tower of London staff said Merlina's continued absence indicated she may have sadly passed away. Merlina, who joined the tower’s flock in 2007, was the "ruler of the roost" and will be missed, the statement said. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at...
  • This Japanese Sports Car Is So Ugly, It Almost Looks Good

    01/14/2021 1:43:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    Hotcars ^ | 1/14 | Ben Kirk
    Six years after it left production, the Orochi is starting to make an unexpected comeback.The phrase "everyone's a critic " has never been more apt than in the year 2021. It's as if society roll plays every single day as Danny DeVito in the episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia where he wears a ridiculous turtle-neck and wig and pretends to be a preposterously snobbish art critic. The Mistuoka Orochi is a car that's been absolutely beaten to a bloody pulp in forums and message boards across the internet and even on this very website. Some call it ugly,...
  • Ernest Hemingway Look-Alikes Encouraging Masking In Florida Keys

    01/14/2021 1:30:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | January 12, 2021
    Ernest Hemingway look-alikes are being used by the Florida Keys tourism council to encourage visitors and residents to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. The men, a former winner and five regular contestants in Key West’s annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, appear in a short video that debuted Monday evening on Keys’ social media outlets, urging compliance with coronavirus health protocols. “We look at Key West as being our adopted town,” said longtime contest entrant Dusty Rhodes in the video. “Help keep it safe. Wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands.” The piece was shot in front of the...
  • I’m Here to Highly Recommend Canned Cheese

    01/14/2021 10:06:23 AM PST · by mylife · 44 replies
    bonappetite ^ | 1/14/2021 | jessica kelly
    There are a lot of things that come in a can. You can get a loaf of bread, a cheeseburger, a “whole chicken“ (if you can count it as such, because it comes out all butchered and congealed), rattlesnake, and more. There was even a company called GAME that created Christmas Tinner, which is a nine-course holiday meal in a can. Needless to say, that did not take off. One item I can safely say I never thought I’d find is canned cheddar cheese, but here we are. I found a canned cheddar cheese. It’s called Cougar Gold Cheddar Cheese....