Sideline Chatter: What are chances that buying it turns you into hunka hunka burning love?
Need a little good-luck charm, or maybe just a fashion accessory to set off your blue suede shoes?Elvis Presley’s rhinestone-studded jockstrap — complete with the initials “EP” on the waistband — is expected to hit $36,000 on the Paul Fraser Collectibles auction block.“Extravagant. Absurd. Sexually potent … pure Elvis Presley,” seller rep Daniel Wade told the London Daily Mail. “I’m sure the new owner won’t be able to resist wearing it out on a Saturday night.”No word on whether it comes with a return-to-sender guarantee.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “Viewers who successfully complete 64-hour Der...
The Seattle Times
Low-cal craft beer becomes vital during quarantine. We taste 18 and pick the winners and losers.
First, let’s get the thing that needs to be said out of the way: These beers come with an asterisk. They are what they are. And what they are is low in calories and low in carbohydrates.If you want big, flavorful beer, this generally isn’t the place to look. If you want beer that doesn’t pile up quite as quickly at your waistline while tasting better than most options ending in “light,” this is indeed the place to look.Spurred by the continuing success of Michelob Ultra Light and the hard seltzer category — both of which grow at phenomenal rates — craft beer low in calories and carbs was alrea...
Mexican beer drinkers brace for shortage as coronavirus industry shutdown persists
CHICAGO — Beer drinkers could see a shortage of popular imported Mexican brands as soon as next week due to an ongoing shutdown of Mexico’s beer industry.Most immediately at risk are the brands owned by Heineken USA, including Dos Equis Tecate and Bohemia.Should the shutdown persist, beers owned by Constellation Brands — which include Modelo Especial, Corona and Pacifico — may also be in shorter supply by summer.When Mexican beer production was paused in early April due to that country’s government not declaring brewing an “essential” industry — as it has been deemed in the U.S. — observers pr...
We desperately need a 'Last Dance' with the World Series champion 1986 Mets
“The Last Dance” documentary on Michael Jordan’s run with the Chicago Bulls got us thinking. What’s the best Mets team in franchise history that could make for a compelling docudrama full of revealing hotel-room encounters and polarizing personalities?You don’t have to rack your brain too hard to come up with the perfect cast of characters … the 1986 squad.It wasn’t just the fact that the ‘86 Mets came back from the brink to defeat the Boston Red Sox in an epic World Series. It wasn’t just the massive lead they had in their division. It was the wildness of their team chemistry, the complete di...
New York Daily News
Watch your 'wine o'clock.' Charlotte has increased in overdoses, drinking during COVID
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drug overdoses have increased in Charlotte, according to police, and addiction specialists say they’re concerned people are drinking too much alcohol and resorting to drugs while stuck at home.Since March 26 — when Mecklenburg County began its stay-at-home order — CMPD has responded to 100 emergency calls about drug overdoses. That’s a 24% increase or around 20 additional calls compared to a similar time period last year, said CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano.Out of the 100 calls, 10 people died, he said.Director of prevention and intervention at Anuvia, a substance abuse treatment ...
The Charlotte Observer
All-day happy hour? Americans drinking while working at home in pandemic, surveys say
Millions of Americans are drinking on the job as they work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to multiple worker surveys.Beer is their drink of choice over cocktails, according to Alcohol.org, but that’s probably little consolation to corporate bigwigs.One survey, released Monday, found 42% of nearly 13,000 workers were drinking on the clock at home, according to Fishbowl, a social network “for verified employees.”“Advertising and marketing agency employees had the highest percentage of employees answering with ‘Yes’, with 49.14%,” Fishbowl reported.More than half of those surve...
The Charlotte Observer
Why WHO says you should avoid alcohol during pandemic
All the memes about alcohol consumption during coronavirus self-isolation are funny, but the World Health Organization isn’t laughing.“Alcohol consumption is associated with a range of communicable and noncommunicable diseases and mental health disorders, which can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19,” WHO’s regional office for Europe wrote. “In particular, alcohol compromises the body’s immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes.”WHO isn’t just talking about the bottles of wine people joke about consuming.“Fear and misinformation have generated a dangerous myth that...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Corona beer halts production in Mexico amid coronavirus pandemic
Grupo Modelo, which produces and exports several popular Mexican beer brands, including Corona, Pacifico and Modelo, will be temporarily suspending production and sales after its breweries were deemed non-essential by the Mexican government.The company posted the announcement on Twitter, stating it is halting production and pledging its “total commitment” to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its production and marketing operations for beer,” according to their press release. The company added that the suspe...
There's a new sake in town, and it's got bubbles. Here are 5 to get you started.
Sparkling sake is becoming a beverage to get excited about. While definitely not traditional — the category was first created to encourage women in Japan to drink more sake — when sake’s inherent subtlety gets amped up with bubbles, the result is something to celebrate.The original, sugary versions of these sparklers, such as the hugely popular brand Mio, are made using forced carbonation, like soda, and are low in alcohol.“They taste like alcoholic cream soda or sweet beer,” says Monica Samuels, director of sake and spirits for Vine Connections, a Sausalito, California-based importer and dist...
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US to slash Afghan aid after failure to form unity governmentWASHINGTON — The U.S. said it will cut assistance to Afghanistan by $1 billion this year and threatened more cuts could come as a breakdown in talks to form a unity government threatened to derail a U.S.-engineered peace deal.Hours after departing Kabul on Monday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement that the U.S. “deeply regrets” the failure of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to form a unity government. He said the U.S. is imposing the $1 billion cut in assistance because of the breakdow...
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