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You’ve heard of Swan Lake. How about Beer Lake?

A busy intersection in the German city of Kassel turned into a lake of frozen beer when some 1,600 bottles smashed after poorly secured crates flew off a delivery truck, police said.

The truck, carrying 12 tonnes of freshly brewed beer, lost most of its load on a sharp left-hand turn at the bottom of a hill, according to Kassel police inspector Wolfgang Jungnitsch.

Nearly 80 crates carrying about 800 litres flew off the truck, most of the bottles smashed, and their contents quickly froze in the chilly temperature of about minus 4 degrees Celsius, he said.

via Australian Broadcasting Corporation

December 30, 2008 Posted by | accident messes | Comments Off on You’ve heard of Swan Lake. How about Beer Lake?

Chocolate, Wine, Tea [and coffee] Improve Brain Performance

All that chocolate might actually help finish the bumper Christmas crossword over the seasonal period. According to Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway, chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance.

The team from Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Norway examined the relation between cognitive performance and the intake of three common foodstuffs that contain flavonoids chocolate, wine, and tea in 2,031 older people aged between 70 and 74.

Participants filled in information about their habitual food intake and underwent a battery of cognitive tests.Those who consumed chocolate, wine, or tea had significantly better mean test scores and lower prevalence of poor cognitive performance than those who did not. The team reported their findings in the Journal of Nutrition.

via sciencedaily.com

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Food | Comments Off on Chocolate, Wine, Tea [and coffee] Improve Brain Performance

Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Scientists say they have yet to definitively determine what is causing the town of Maupin, Ore., to endure an earthquake every other day.

Oregon State University research associate Jochen Braunmiller said during the last two years, more than 360 earthquakes have occurred in the general vicinity of Maupin for elusive reasons, The Portland Oregonian said.

The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences researcher said while one theory focuses on water level shifts miles underground, scientists are at a loss to offer predictions regarding the quakes.

via Oregon town an earthquake hot spot – UPI.com.

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on