New Process Keeps Your Ballgame Beer Cold
The fine people at Kirin — a Japanese beer-maker you may or may not know thanks to its product Kirin Ichiban — have come up with the Kirin Ichiban Frozen Draft machine. Once the beer is poured, the frozen foam, which more or less resembles alcoholic whipped cream, is served at -5 degrees Celsius and can, depending on temperature, act as a makeshift lid for your cup for up to 30 minutes.
James Bond’s Submarine Lotus Was Bought For $100!!!
A Long Island man who purchased a storage container for $100 got a pleasant surprise when he found the submarine car from the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, inside the container. According to reports, the production company left the Lotus Espirit in a storage facility which had been paid for 10 years. After the 10 years the production company didn’t claim the car. The anonymous buyer who ended up with the storage container was initially upset with the buy because the car had no wheels and a dented hood. As he towed the car however, drivers told him it was the Bond car. The car will be auctioned off by RM auctions on September 9th. (NBC News)
Google Device Makes Viewing Computer Video On Your TV Easier
Google says it has now made the easiest method for watching TV on your computer. On Wednesday (July 24th) Google unveiled its Chromecast USB stick. The device is affordable, and plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and allows the user to stream content from the internet, such as from YouTube or Netflix, over a home WiFi network to the users’ TV. The content can also be synced with other devices, such as cell phones or tablets. Google says when you buy a stick you’ll get three free months of Netflix, and that future services for the stick include Pandora. (UPI)
Iodine Has Made Us Smarter
A new study finds that Americans gained up to 15 IQ points after the addition of iodine to salt became mandatory. As of 1924, U.S. salt companies were required to add iodine to salt in order to prevent goiter, which is a medical condition related to iodine deficiency. New data reveals it did more than just prevent goiter, it actually made Americans smarter. To find this, researchers examined data from about two million enlistees for World War II born between 1921 and 1927 and compared their intelligence levels to those born just before 1924 and just born just after. They then worked out the iodine levels in different cities and towns throughout the U.S. using statistics gathered after World War I on instances of goiter. After matching recruits with their hometowns, researchers found that men from low-iodine areas became much more intelligent after the introduction of iodine. (Daily Mail)
A Plea Deal for Ariel Castro?
In Cleveland, Ariel Castro faces a staggering 977 criminal counts including murder, kidnapping and rape related to the alleged imprisonment of four young girls in his home for years. Now, Cleveland station WKYC reports that he is considering a plea deal that would allow him to escape the death penalty. If he accepts a plea deal, he would still face a sentence of hundreds of years in prison.
No Porn Please, We’re British
Internet users in Great Britain will see a big change in the availability of pornography online, with changes announced yesterday by Prime Minister David Cameron. All of the big Internet providers there have agreed to automatically block access to porn sites. Users will have to request access if they want it.
Picking a Fight with Texas
The federal government is going to court in an effort to force the state of Texas to obtain approval before making changes to its voting laws. Attorney General Eric Holder says Texas has a history of “pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities.” That includes redistricting changes ratified last month by the Republican-controlled legislature. Governor Rick Perry signed that plan into law immediately after the Supreme Court threw out key parts of the decades-old Voting Rights Act.