World's strongest beer
Meet Strength In Numbers, a beer with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 57.8 per cent. The beverage, dubbed as the "world's strongest beer", is made by BrewDog in collaboration with Schorschbrau, a German brewer. So how do these brewing companies produce the eye-watering beer? Shortlist has the details: BrewDog uses the traditional Eisbock method. This is when you freeze the beer, remove chunks of ice (water) until you're left with the concentrated high ABV liquid. To give the beer a bit of a spin, it features a blend of BrewDog's Death or Glory, an ice-distilled Belgian golden ale that's been sitting in whisky casks for 10 years. Because of the exclusivity and rarity of the beer, it costs a whopping £28.95 ($55.85) a bottle - but just think about the bragging rights when you get hold of a bottle. BrewDog has a long history of brewing high ABV beer. Its most famous is Tactical Nuclear Penguin, an imperial stout that clocked in at 32 per cent. It also created Sink The Bismark (41 per cent) and End of History at 55 per cent. All of these are brewed in the same way using the Eisbock method.
It's always Chewsday in the public service
@MaxRashbrooke tweets. "It has recently come to my attention that public servants have taken to describing meetings as "chew sessions". This is to stop immediately, thank you." @Kent_NewmanWGTN replies: "Chew sessions are possibly a great opportunity to dynamically touch base with key stakeholders to deliver sustainable solutions in an agile yet waterfall fashion?"
Absolute unit of garlic
Very old news
The laziest man in the world lives in this village. His name is John Mumcra, and he has been in bed 10 years because he is unwilling to comply with the rules of the Jersey County Farm, which say that every one living there shall rise at 5am. Mumcra is not sick. He eats regularly and is in perfect health. "I am ready to hold up my hand and swear that he has kept his word," said Superintendent Mourning of the Country Farm. "John has been in bed ten years, and he says he will stay there the remainder of his life." "He just lies there and looks at the ceiling, or rolls over once in a while and takes a nap. When he talks it is all about how foolish a man is to get up every morning when he knows he'll have to go back to bed again at night." (New York Times March 14, 1909)
Orakei park and ride
A reader writes: "Parking on the yellow lines has been happening for ages. The reason for the yellow areas is so that if the train services go down for a long-enough period that requires the need for replacement bus services they need the space in the yellow areas for buses to manoeuvre in the carpark. Fat chance of that being possible - some people park there even before the carpark is full and apparently the council is not able to issue tickets."