• Goose Island's new Cadbury Egg flavored beer

    With breweries doing everything they can to push the boundaries of what beer is with some of the most repugnant additives out there, such as beard yeast for Rogue Ale's Beard Beer, made from brewmaster John Maier's actual beard, definitely tests the mettle of beer drinkers and makes me want to barf up puke. Mixing Cadbury Creme Egg flavors in a beer for Easter is does not sound great to me but it is far from the affront to my delicate mental defenses as anything containing beard yeast is.

    Honestly, the collaboration between Goose Island Brewery and Cadbury Creme Eggs is not that much of a stretch in terms of today's beer flavors. This 4.5% ABV stout has the cacao nibs that many stout makers like to blend in. Vanilla beans, malted barley, oats, wheat are also added and lactose to give the creamy sensation of the Cadbury Egg, but no actual chocolate Creme Egg is directly added to the brew.

    Dubbed the Cadbury Golden Goo-Beer-Lee Creme Stout this promotional merger is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cadbury Creme Egg.

    From Food and Wine:

    "We have always celebrated the unique and wonderful ways of enjoying a Cadbury Creme Egg and with this launch we are taking EATertainment to a whole new level," Raphael Capitani, brand manager for Cadbury Creme Egg, said in the announcement. "We can't wait for people to try our very first beer and raise a glass to five delicious decades of Cadbury Creme Egg!"

    Goose Island UK's Head Brewer Andrew Walton says, "With the Golden Goo-Beer-Lee Creme Stout we knew that we would be reaching a wide range of people with different levels of experience with craft beer!" Walton said. "We wanted to make sure that for whoever tried this beer, it would be unique and delicious. The tasty flavors of the stout complement the iconic Cadbury Creme Egg; we wanted to big up the chocolate and creaminess of the beer while keeping it super drinkable."

    Goose Island even suggests that drinkers could "bite the top off a Creme Egg, lick the goo and use chocolate shell as a tiny beer vessel."

    Again, it's no beard yeast, but man, licking out that ooze and drinking beer from the little chocolate cup? My Lord. I'm out.

  • Wax Holly Golightly and Don Draper visit NYC steakhouse

    Who wants to drink and dine among empty seats, when they could be around wax replicas of Al Roker, Jon Hamm and Audrey Hepburn? Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn thinks the company of celeb figures makes their restaurant appear more inviting. The popular dining spot has borrowed some of Madame Tussauds works to highlight the easing of Covid-19 dining restrictions in New York. The celebrities included are all very iconic to New York City.

    via AP:

    Peter Luger "thought this would be a fun, safe way to fill some of the seats that need to remain empty as we continue to fight the pandemic," said restaurant vice president Daniel Turtel.

    Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's is seated with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan. Jon Hamm's likeness as Don Draper from Mad Men suavely stands by the bar and is available for any schmoe to take a selfie with. Al Roker serves as a waxen greeter when patrons walk in and faux Jimmy Fallon sits widely grinning from a table alone.

  • Oath Keeper denounces her oath, judge doesn't buy it

    Jessica Watkins was arrested for her actions as an organizer and participant in the storming of the United States Capitol Building on January 6. As she faced U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta she said, "As soon as I'm out, whether acquittal or release, I'm canceling my Oath Keepers membership." The judge appreciated her effort to talk herself out of the slammer but ultimately decided nuh-uh.

    via Yahoo:

    "I've thought about this quite hard, Miss Watkins," the judge said. "And I think, at the end of the day, I just can't get there. I don't think putting you on home detention would ensure the safety of the community … You are an active participant, organizer, leader of others in engaging in this kind of conduct. The material found at your home certainly suggests further potential for organizing and further potential for violence."

    She explained that all she wants to do is return to her town of Woodstock, Ohio near Columbus, that she's "…done with that lifestyle," and wants to focus on being a small business owner. Yeah. Right. That business happens to be a bar. Does anyone for a second believe that most of the patrons there, where she did her most active recruiting, and who are either still a part of Oath Keepers or harbor similar Trumpian, far right, anti-government beliefs, would be cool with that?

    "Oh hi, Jessica, you're done with that group you recruited me into and you no longer follow all of our extremist beliefs anymore? Yeah. We all respect that here. How's the corned beef?" is what no one at the Jolly Roger Bar and Grill, that she owns, would likely say. I'm pretty sure they'd remind her that she swore some kind of an oath, which is IN the title of their group and pretty hard to forget. Maybe she'd respond with something like, "I just said all that horse shit so I could get back out and scheme up our next move."

    Now, I am taking an excessive amount of liberties but it seems like Judge Mehta's deep contemplation of whether to release her or not may have followed similar lines.

    "She was involved in active recruitment, planning and coordinating future violence against the government," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Baset. "There are no conditions or set of conditions that would preclude her from engaging in that type of activity moving forward. Even if she's placed under home confinement, even if she has an electronic monitoring system, it would not stop her."

  • Watch cute baby rescue stoat meet another stoat for the first time

    This tiny stoat is very fun to watch. (What in the hell is a stoat?) Oh, easy. It's another term for an ermine. (A what?) A short-tailed kind of a weasel, in the mustelids family of carnivorous varmints that includes badgers, otters, ferrets, martens, minks, and wolverines, among others. 7-12 inches long and Disney-character cute. Make your day better and watch Whisper and Stuart meet.

  • Andrew Yang defends threatened photographer on Staten Island Ferry

    A man shoved and threatened to attack a photographer with a metal pole while on the Staten Island Ferry. Not so fast. Andrew Yang is here to save the day.

    via AP:

    Spencer Platt, a photographer with Getty Images, said he was on the top deck of the boat heading toward Staten Island around 11 a.m., talking on the phone after taking some photos of Yang, who was headed to campaign events.

    Platt said when he turned around, the man was "just right in my face, like an inch away."

    The man pushed him, sending him down onto a bench, and Platt said he saw he was carrying some kind of metal rod.

    Platt shouted for help and Yang came running out to his aid from the inside area of the ferry. By all accounts the attack was unprovoked and the man appeared to be somewhat mentally unstable.

    "He [Yang] came out … and he just kind of yelled, the guy turned around, and that allowed me to just kind of bolt out of there," Platt said.

    Once the assailant recognized former presidential candidate and now superhero, Andrew Yang, he relaxed.

    "I think most people would have the same impulse I had – to try and do anything that you can to protect somebody who might be threatened or endangered," Yang said in a statement. "I got up and tried to intervene as quickly as I could. I'm glad that when he turned he saw me and recognized me, and the situation deescalated quickly."

    I can think of many politicians who would likely have done the same thing. Andrew Yang just seems like the kind of good egg who would want to help. I can also think of many others who would probably have run farther away.

  • Breathtaking meteor lights up Canadian skies

    Doorbell cam and dashboard cam owners got a celestial treat last week as their devices caught a visitor from space rapidly dropping to Earth.

    via CTV News:

    University of Calgary planetary scientist Alan Hildebrandt told CTV he estimates the size of the meteor that caused the fireball was about the "size of a beachball", and said the fact it burned out very quickly may mean there may be little debris left to find.

    But U of A space researcher Patrick Hill hasn't ruled it out just yet

    "We're hopeful in a couple days we should have some information," said Hill who helps manage a network of cameras across North America that monitor the sky for meteors. "There's numerous different scientific questions that we can answer through these investigations. But to do that, being able to retrieve the rocks as soon as possible is optimal."

    Hill says freshly fallen meteors usually look different than the surrounding rocks in the landscape.

    "Meteorites are denser than average rock, so they should have good heft to them. They can also be magnetic," said Hill. "They are usually dark brown and black, and they can be smooth on their exterior due to gas that is a result of it entering and passing through the atmosphere. "  

  • Video: Abrupt contrast between Kevin McCarthy's view on Trump speaking at CPAC and Liz Cheney's

    Former disgraced President Trump is planning to speak at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this weekend, to presumably spread more lies about his losing the election, his taxes, Joe Biden, two impeachme…goddammit…we all KNOW what he's going to lie about. But watch this concise illustration showing the division within the Republican Party. In this video GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney immediately shares the opposite opinion from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on whether the former Trumptator should speak at CPAC.

    Did you see McCarthy's eyes close for a moment while Cheney gave her response? Definitely longer than your standard blink. Take that as a beautiful subliminal "tell" into how he likely feels about her, the jerk.

  • Sea turtles affected in Israeli oil spill given surprise cure: mayo

    Israel's Nature and Parks Authority has called an oil spill on 120 miles of the country's Mediterranean coast line one of the country's worst ecological disasters on record. Sticky tar has caused an enormous amount of damage to the environment, including wildlife and specifically sea turtles, and it's mayonnaise to the rescue as the unlikely hero. Mayonnaise has saved many a picnic, and maybe in other's opinions ruined many such food gatherings, but for the sea turtles mayo is all good news.

    Guy Ivgy, a medical assistant at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center is helping treat the affected turtles.

    via AP:

    "They came to us full of tar. All their trachea from inside and outside was full of tar," he said.

    Workers have been removing the toxic substance from the reptiles' airways and found a creative way to flush it out of their digestive tracks.

    "We continue to feed them substances like mayonnaise, which practically clean the system and break down the tar," Ivgy said. The recovery process is expected to take a week or two, after which the turtles are expected to be released back into the wild.

    There was no mention of whether Miracle Whip–a blasphemous alternative in most mayo circles–was ever used, or if the turtles elected to have their mayo in deviled egg or turkey sub form.

  • Qatar attempts bikini kill ahead of volleyball tournament

    Qatar's strict and archaic rules governing how women dress, even for beach volleyball in the scorching desert heat, was enough for the German beach volleyball tandem of Karla Borger and Julia Sude to boycott the upcoming tournament hosted by Qatar. The German team would normally wear their standard bikini uniforms to deal with the high temperatures and be the most comfortable while competing. Qatar would rather they wear clothes that are not so revealing.

    via Yahoo:

    "We are there to do our job, but are being prevented from wearing our work clothes," Borger told radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday. "This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job – we are criticising that."

    The Qatar Volleyball Association reacted to the news saying they are "committed to ensuring that all athletes are made to feel welcome and comfortable at next month's event."

    "We would like to make clear that we are not making any demand on what athletes should wear at the event," a statement insisted.

    Trying to play it both ways the Qatar Volleyball Association is "requesting", not "demanding", that the players use their international uniforms, which are basically bikinis with slightly more coverage. Sounds like a contradiction of their ensuring the German women's team feels "welcome and comfortable". Whatever, Qatar. No one's buying that.

    If you're really interested in the dimensions of the men's and women's volleyball wear here is the FIVB uniform guide from Oct. 2019

    "We are asking whether it's necessary to hold a tournament there at all," Borger added.

  • Calypso chihuahua struts down the hall

    A one-eyed chihuahua named Morty with a strange hopping gate set to Harry Belafonte's "Jump In The Line" makes for a pretty fun dog video. Check out mortythemisfit's other chihuahua songs and outfits on TikTok.

  • Don Trump, Jr. rails against "Democrat governor" of Texas

    Donald Trump, Jr., in an effort to pile up as many stupid tweets as his disgraced father, sent one out that has successfully blown up in his entitled face.

    As Texas deals with an unprecedented winter storm causing mass power outages and water issues Tweedle Don decided to needle the governor of Texas, who is Republican Greg Abbott. Junior was calling out all those "…who have been totally silent on the Democrat Governor's incompetence…", as he was also trying to distract from damp sponge Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his ill-conceived Cancún trip.

    I'm sure many proud Republican Texans were like, "How daaaare you sir. That incompetent governor is NOT a Democrat. He is…a Republican."

    Thank you Trump, Jr. for your consistency.

  • Watch: "Flight to Mars" trailer from 1951

    In the spirit of the recent Mars landing, check out this theatrical trailer for the movie "Flight to Mars", made in 1951. The first graphic pops up saying "Fifty years into the future!" which would put them at 2001. Not to dampen this accomplishment but it's 2021 and I saw NASA administrator, Steve Jurczyk, say on the news this morning that we're 6-8 years away from a rocket going to Mars to retrieve the soil samples that the rover Perseverance is gathering now. Yikes! 6-8 years? Film always overshoots our technological capabilities, which are remarkable, don't get me wrong. But, this I know, 20 years from now: flying cars. Bank on it.

    "Flight to Mars" looks very entertaining and hilarious, if you can tolerate schmaltzy classic sci-fi, and one that IMDB says was shot in 5 days, using many sets of past movies. I searched and found the movie on no other platform but the whole film is available here on YouTube, in really fuzzy color. Though I enjoyed the trailer you would be a braver soul than I to watch the movie start to finish.

  • Technology making plant to farmer communication possible

    A farmer walking into their field to listen to what their crop has to say might give one pause, but no more. Thanks to the Swiss tech company Vivent, they are tapping into the electrical signals plants transmit from their roots to indicate to farmers what the plant needs. So, now a farmer can justifiably have judgment-free lengthy conversations if he/she chooses to (Note: this tech does not enable the plants to listen to farmers, but if a farmer wants to have a chat with their plants, let's be cool about it).

    Farmers have always had to rely on secondary indicators to diagnose a plant's state. Now, with Vivent's PhytlSigns technology they can detect when a plant is under stress from hunger, thirst, or insect attacks immediately. They send signals about that stress between their cells.

    via The Optimist Daily:

    Like a human on an ECG machine, Vivent can physically hook up plants to electrodes and make it possible to remotely view up-to-date information about a particular crop. As reported by Fast Company, Vivent already has an agrochemical company as a client that uses the PhytlSigns technology to monitor fungal stressors. The technology proved itself very valuable when it alerted the company that plants were still sending distressed signals even after it looked like the fungus had cleared from the plants

    Is there danger in developing smart plants? Is this the path to making cognitive crops? They certainly won't go along with the idea of being eaten and harvested when they figure that all out. We need to prepare for the big plant revolution!