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Bottled?? Beer

Posted by Boghound on July 31, 2010

Beer on sale packaged in dead squirrels

A Scottish brewery has created the world’s strongest and most expensive beer and are selling the bottles packaged inside dead squirrels and stoats.

BrewDog brewery made the drink, which contains 55% alcohol, but have come under fire from animal rights activists for their unusual choice of packaging.

Libby Anderson, Advocates for Animals policy director told BBC Scotland: "It’s pointless and it’s very negative to use dead animals when we should be celebrating live animals. This seems to be a perverse idea."

BrewDog managing director James Watt told AFP: "For the final instalment in the strong beer series, we wanted to create something epic, something monumental."

The limited edition beer cost £700 for a squirrel bottle or £500 for a stoat bottle and sold out within hours of going on sale.

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Buzz Off!!

Posted by Boghound on July 30, 2010

Swarm of 30,000 bees that ‘turned the sky black’

A swarm of 30,000 bees surrounded a home in Lincolnshire "turning the sky black".

Phil Sanderson, 34, said the sound of the insects was the equivalent to " a crowd of people blowing vuvuzelas".

The swarm initially swirled around the father of three’s home so loudly that he couldn’t hear his partner Serena Reed, 34, talking.

After an hour the bees clumped together into a 2ft long ‘grape’ on a nearby 10ft high conifer tree before flying away.

Mr Sanderson, a mail order catalogue worker who photographed the bees at home in Pinchbeck, near Spalding, Lincs., said the noise sounded "exactly like being at a World Cup game".

He said: "At first I didn’t know what it was, it looked like a black snow blizzard all around the house and sounded like we’d been surrounded by people blowing vuvuzelas.

"But when I saw it was bees I was horrified. It was a bit of a rush to shut the windows to make sure none of them got in.

"I still can’t believe it when I look at the pictures, the last thing you expect is to be surrounded by 30,000 bees."

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Posted by Boghound on July 29, 2010

Motorists steal away with runaway melons

Melons fell out the back of a truck and prompted a traffic jam

Police in Switzerland were less than impressed on Saturday when motorists helped themselves to melons that fell out the back of a Spanish truck and prompted a traffic jam.

Drivers immediately behind the lorry "reacted well" when the rear doors or the lorry swung open for unknown reasons, sending "a large number of loaded melon cartons" onto the highway, local police in Basel city said.

But amid the ensuing tailback that stretched 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles), "a few (motorists) simply stopped and helped themselves to one or a few of these melons" on the A3 motorway that links Basel with Zurich, it said.

A patrol unit was dispatched to "secure the site" and clean up the runaway fruit.

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Road Kill!

Posted by Boghound on July 28, 2010

Workmen paint around dead badger

Workmen painting white lines on a main road left a gap for a dead badger lying in the middle of it – because it ‘wasn’t their responsibility’ to clear it up.

The animal had been killed on the A338 near Downton, on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border, but when council workmen came to paint white lines in the centre of the road they decided to leave a space until the body had been removed.

Hampshire County Council has responsibility for line painting in the area, but it’s up to New Forest District Council to clear any road kill.

Businessman Kevin Maul was on his way home from work when he clocked the break in the road’s lines.

‘I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw this poor old badger who had been there over a week,’ he said.

‘I’d seen him every day as I went by and wondered if he was going to be picked up.

‘Then on Friday I drove home to see his body between the lines – they had painted the road, but left a gap where he lay.’

The badger has since been removed and the painting is scheduled for completion today.

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Bottle It??

Posted by Boghound on July 27, 2010

Divers find oldest champagne in Baltic wreck

A group of divers exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea have found bottles containing what is thought to be the oldest drinkable champagne in the world, made in the late 18th century. "I picked up one champagne bottle just so we could find the age of the wreck, because we didn’t find any name or any details that would have told us the name of the ship," diver Christian Ekstrom from Aland told Reuters on Saturday.

Ekstrom and his Swedish diving colleagues opened the bottle and tasted the contents.

"It was fantastic… it had a very sweet taste, you could taste oak and it had a very strong tobacco smell. And there were very small bubbles," he said.

Experts said the shape of the bottle showed it was from the late 18th century, and the bottle and its contents have been sent to champagne specialists in France to be analysed.

"We are 98 percent sure that it is Veuve Clicquot champagne and that it was probably (made) between 1772 (the year the business was established) and 1785," Ekstrom said, adding that the cargo vessel was probably sailing to St Petersburg, then the capital of Russia.

He said they had found the wine on their first dive and did not yet know how many bottles the wreck contained or what other cargo it carried.

The current title of the world’s oldest champagne is held by Perrier-Jouet, which has two bottles from 1825.

Richard Juhlin, a Swedish champagne specialist, told the newspaper Alandstidningen he believed the champagne was Veuve Cliquot and said that if it was from the late 18th century, it could cost around 500,000 Swedish crowns ($68,000) a bottle.

Because the wreck lies off Aland, an autonomous part of Finland, the local authorities will decide what will be done with the wreck — and the champagne.

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A Quick Snack!!

Posted by Boghound on July 26, 2010

Bear takes off in car with sandwich

A bear went for a little joyride in the town of Larkspur, Colorado Friday morning when it got into an unlocked car and knocked the gear into neutral, sending it down a hill and knocking over a few trees before coming to a full stop.

The Denver Post reports that an adult black bear got behind the wheel after the driver’s son left a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a stick of deodorant in the car. The door closed behind the bear and as it looked for a way out, the gear shift was bumped into neutral and sent the car rolling 125 feet backwards down a hill.

Neighbours called the police after hearing the car honk for 45 minutes.

Ralph Story said his 2008 Toyota Corolla is beyond repair: the interior is destroyed, the dashboard had been ripped out and the airbags have been deployed. Fortunately, the damages are covered by insurance and the bear was freed by deputies two-and-a-half hours after it’s wild ride.

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Cat Knap!!

Posted by Boghound on July 25, 2010

Cat thief

A cat in England has been discovered to be behind a string of thefts from washing lines.


Oscar – who was being fostered by Peter and Birgitt Weismantel from Southampton – stole a number of items, including underwear.

Peter said: "He started bringing socks home a few months ago and then gardening gloves which we tracked to our neighbour.

"Then we had a situation in which he brought back young women’s underwear.

"It began to escalate and I telephoned the police as people must have been missing clothes – especially with women’s underwear being taken."

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Posted by Boghound on July 24, 2010

Caravan stolen with owner inside it

A caravan owner who was taking a nap was rudely woken when thieves drove it over a kerb.

William Roberts was using it while his home was being renovated but the £17,500 vehicle proved too tempting for crooks.

After the 73-year-old awoke and realised what had happened, he fled when the criminals stopped at a lay-by.

Mr Roberts, from Towyn, North Wales, said: ‘I’m lucky, if I hadn’t woken up I could have ended up anywhere or with an iron bar through my head.’

Two people denied theft at Llandudno magistrates.

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Get Dressed

Posted by Boghound on July 23, 2010

No more debating in your underwear in  town

The days when a citizen could address the Boulder City Council wearing only underwear may be over. The council will vote on new decorum rules in September, seven months after a resident stepped up to a microphone in his boxers.

The rules were already under review, but that incident led to a proposed ban on undressing during meetings.

It’s not the first time the university town has wrestled with how much clothing is enough. In April, the city barred teens and adults from showing their genitals in public. That could put the wraps on two annual traditions that involve running or cycling naked.

But the council declined to outlaw topless females, despite complaints about a woman who gardens in a thong and gloves.

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Up In The Air

Posted by Boghound on July 22, 2010

Theme-park riders left dangling 70m in the air

Thrill-seekers at a Russian theme-park had a more exciting time than expected when a cable snapped on a rocket ride and left them dangling 70m in the air.

Ten unfortunate ‘cosmonauts’ had been on dubious-looking ‘Rocket’ ride at Divo Ostrov theme park on Krestovsky Island, St Petersberg, when the accident happened.

As the ride spun around, the cable supporting the rear of the ten-seater rocket snapped and the back plunged — leaving the riders screaming and in fear for their lives.

Luckily rescue teams were quickly on the scene to free the riders from their 70m dangling position and no-one was seriously hurt.

And there was us thinking the joy of theme-parks is that while scared to within an inch of your life, you are always entirely safe. Guess Russia has a slightly different approach.

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