Delaware Space Beer

Delaware Space BeerJust when you thought Oktoberfest couldn’t get any better than a long weekend booze marathon and foreign beer, NASA finds a way to top it.

Not one to be outdone by normal German beer, the company behind NASA’s Apollo spacesuits and a Delaware brewerry have added moon dust to their beer. They’ve given it the appropriately galactic name of ‘Celeste-jewel-ale’, and you can buy it (on tap) at the Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats restaurant.

What does space beer taste like? It’s creators have described it as having “notes of doughy malt, toasted bread, subtle caramel and a light herbal bitterness”.

Dogfish Head enlisted the help of contractors ILC Dover, the guys behind the lunar spacesuits worn by the Apollo astronauts on the moon. They were able to track down the lunar meteorites for the beer as well as provide space-age beer coolers, or koozies. We’re a little impressed.

Unfortunately, as meteorites don’t come around every day, this beer is limited time only. “ILC is making sure this is the best-protected beer on the planet with koozies made from the same material as their spacesuits,” the restaurant wrote on its website.

The koozies are protected against fire damage, friction and tearing, and are insulated to keep the beer at a comfortable temperature.

Wipe your drool and start planning your trip to Delaware. It’s limited time only, and let’s face it, it’s space beer. What wouldn’t you do to try it out?

Published on Urban Society / 08 October, 2013

Too ugly to eat at the front of the restaurant?

Night.Time_.Outdoor.Cafe_.Paris_You wait two weeks to get a reservation at the best new restaurant.

You wear your best clothes and prepare your wallet for the best food.

And finally you arrive, and what happens? You’re placed out the back, somewhere between the shouting chef and the constantly swinging door of the toilet.

The place isn’t even that busy, so what’s with that?

Well, sorry to break it to you but you just may not be attractive enough.

Reports from former waitresses at major restaurants in Paris prove that they were told to put the best-looking customers at the front and move the less attractive further along, out of sight, to create a view of an ugly-free Paris.

Le George, an upmarket restaurant on top floor of the Pompidou Centre, and Café Marly, which overlooks the Louvre, are both landmark Parisian eateries and have been accused of being biased snobs.

The waitresses say they were getting in trouble for not following this policy, with the owners and managers asking: “What are these ugly mugs doing at this table? Everyone can see them when they come in. It’s very bad for our image.” (Let’s just take a step back here and remember that this is the city with a dedicated cat cafe).

The only ones exempt seem to be celebrities, who get to enjoy the Parisian view without having to worry too much about having a face like an angel. (All’s well for Gérard Depardieu, then.)

Even the hostesses don’t have it easy, with the criteria for a job at either restaurant stating anyone “without a model’s physique and over 30 need not apply”. They were also told off for not showing their boobs and wearing long skirts.

And don’t even think about bribing the staff, with the boss of Le George, Gilbert Costes, visiting his restaurant periodically to “harp on about the house principles of which he is very proud, as he invented them” as one of the former waitresses told The Telegraph.

Looks like you may need to find a new favourite restaurant, or plastic surgeon.

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Published on Urban Society / 12 November, 2013

Most promiscuous mechaphile in the world

carloverIf you thought you loved your car just because you wash it more than once a month you have nothing on this guy.

Edward Smith is a 62-year-old car lover from Yelm, Washington who claims he has had sex with 1,000 cars. This makes him the most promiscuous mechaphile in the world. Probably not something to write home about.

Mechapiles are people who love cars a little bit too much, or feel an insatiable sexual attraction to cars. Smith claims he has never felt sexually attracted to women, not even consummating his relationship to his only girlfriend, 12 years ago.

Smith’s attraction started with his neighbour’s Volkswagen Beetle, which he lost his virginity to, and since then he’s taken numerous cars for a ‘test drive’. “Some guys look at boobs and bums on beautiful women. I look at the front and rear on beautiful cars,” he said.

“There have been certain cars that attracted me and I would wait until night time, creep up to them and just hug and kiss them,” he confesses. But you no longer have to worry about discovering your car being humped by a stranger as your wander home after that binger of a Friday night, as Smith is now in an ‘open relationship’ with a second-hand Volkswagen Beetle named Vanilla, an 1973 Opel GT called Cinnamon AND a 1193 Ford Ranger named Splash.

If these cars are jealous of one another, they don’t seem to be honking their horns in frustration.

“I will not deny that I look at other cars on TV or at shows and still get those old impulses and desires – but those were the early days,” he says. He’s admitted that, of all three of his ‘lovers’, his heart belongs to the Beetle. “Now I want to settle down with Vanilla. There’s something about her that I can’t fully express on an emotional level except it’s very powerful and very sincere.”

Guess that just leaves more humans for us to enjoy.
Published on Urban Society / 15 October, 2013

Pokemon Cocktails

PokemoncocktailsSick of all the old drinking games, where you don’t understand the rules because you have too many weaknesses (the inability to say “no, thanks”) and not enough power-ups (second wind-anyone?)

By the time you figure things out, you’re downing a toxic mixture of every kind of alcohol imaginable and wondering how you managed to lose the round. (Wish you had dealt your Jolteon instead of your Pikachu now, don’t you?)

Now you can introduce your friends to a new deck of fun: Pokémon Cocktails. Forget Vodka Sunrises and Martinis, these drinks are way more delicious and ambitious. And you don’t even need to track down any bars like we did for our cocktail challenge – just an open alcohol store and you’re set to booze yourself away for the rest of the night.

The nine frozen cocktails are the invention of Tumblr user and Pokémon fan, meowpurrnom, and are of the ‘Eeveelution’ variety, with every one representing every known evolution of Eevee including the newest edition: Sylveon.

The mixes include:

Eevee: Cake vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, a chocolate éclair ice cream bar and chocolate syrup

Vaporeon: Rum, Malibu, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and Sprite

Jolteon: Tequila, Red Bull, margarita mix, lemon juice, Sprite and salt on the rim

Flareon: Fireball whiskey, peach Schnapps, iced tea, lemonade and dash of strawberry syrup

Espeon: Strawberry Vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Chambord, cranberry juice and Sprite

Umbreon: Bourbon, Coke, lemon juice and orange juice

Glaceon: Rum, Blue Curacao, peppermint schnapps, lemonade, soda water and sugar on the rim

Leafeon: Tequila, peach Schnapps, lime juice, ginger ale, mint, honey and a drop of chocolate syrup for decoration

Sylveon: Cake Vodka, strawberry vodka, Bailey’s, a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, cream and strawberry syrup

The measurements are left to you, and let’s face it, that’s the fun bit. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take out the Pokedex and have a Pokemon showdown while mixing and drinking. Eeveelutionary thinking? We think so.

Just make sure to keep your kids away from this one; we have a feeling they might not appreciate it as much as you.

Published on Urban Society / 15 October, 2013

Melbourne Remote Control Tourists

Melbourne4Ever wanted to control another human being?

Make them try those dumplings that look a little risky?

Or check out all the best dark alleys in Melbourne? (Okay, maybe that one’s a little mean. These are living, breathing humans after all!)

Well prepare for all your dreams to come true. Tomorrow, Play Melbourne will introduce two remote control tourists who will be traveling around Melbourne, completely in your control!

One lucky guy and girl will be at your disposal from tomorrow, October 9th, until Sunday, October 13th. Through the Play Melbourne Twitter and Facebook page, viewers will be able to tell the tourists what to do, and then watch it all live-streamed.

You can tell them to try all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to visit, and then perhaps a stroll through the art galleries. You can feel all cultured while sitting at your desk munching on watermelon whole fruit popsicles.

Let them make all the mistakes before you even set foot in Melbourne, leaving you to enjoy the finer things.

Watch the Youtube video to get you prepared.

Live-streaming
9th Ocotober: 10am – 8pm
10th October: 12pm – 8pm
11th October: 12pm – 8pm
12th October: 12pm – 8pm
13th October: 12pm – 8pm

Website

Published on Urban Society / 08 October, 2013

Vintage Hollywood star diet

ku.xlarge-1A cup of hot water for breakfast.

Cottage cheese, pineapple and buttermilk for dinner.

This was a vintage Hollywood star diet found in a magazine from the 20s proving what we already suspected, celebrities are bonkers.

A January 1929 issue of Photoplay magazine, unearthed by Jezebel, features a vintage diet story that warns that women put their lives at risk to be Hollywood skinny. Yes, even back then.

In the article titled ‘Diet – The Menace of Hollywood’ writer Katherine Albert explains why eating like the stars of the time caused illness and death. “Barbara LaMarr died of tuberculosis brought on by weight reduction. Kathryn Grant ruined her career and was made an invalid from starvation. Lottie Pickford took her life in her hands when she resorted to quick reducing medicines and is today virtually an invalid.” Were just some of the examples Albert used to prove this point.

Fortunately the article also provides a ‘correct diet’, which includes, “roast beef, baked potato, spinach, picked beets, cucumbers, buttermilk and fruit cup.” Obviously more appealing then saltine crackers, but we feel they could have put a little more effort in. Perhaps not encouraging women to lose two or three pounds a week would have been sufficient.

Sadly, today seems no different. Even though we now know more about physical and mental health than ever, fashion magazines are still shoving celebrity diets in our faces, reminding us that those jiggly bits just aren’t natural.

Sigh. It seems that the only thing that has changed over the years is that we now have much better diets.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

“Fallen Princess” series shows a not so happily ever after

princesses-snowwhitePrincesses usually get a happily ever after. But what if they don’t?

What if Cinderella turned into an alcoholic, and Ariel ended up exploited in an aquarium?

Photographer Dina Goldstein captured such images in her “Fallen Princesses” series, showing a dystopic demise for all of our favourite fairytale princesses.

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These images depict the princesses facing quite depressing real life problems, such as struggling with kids, weight problems and undergoing chemotherapy.

As Goldstein herself says; “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues,”

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One image depicts Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, laying on an operating table while doctors inject needles into her already bruised face. A contemporary Snow White’s queen?

Another shows Pocahontas surrounded by a shit-tonne of cats – who would have known she would turn into a crazy cat lady? Well John Smith did leave her, so there was no other option, right?

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Goldstein says she put much thought into these images, giving backstories to all of them. She justifies Pocahontas’ predicament by explaining” “She’s an agoraphobic and, after her love disappeared, Pocahontas waited and waited and eventually just went into a depression and wouldn’t leave her house. She’s now working a job out of the house and her only interactions are with delivery people who come and pick up packages from her—and her cats … and her one dog.”

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We still find this hard to believe, last time we checked Pocahontas loved the outdoors and Belle was more interested in books than her self-image.

Nice try Goldstein, but we will stick to our happily ever afters.
Keep dreaming Urbanites; your Prince Charming is coming*

*May not come.

Published on Urban Society / 13 August, 2013