This is the alternate blog for Photo Nippon where the snaps don't really fall into any one category.
Originally posted on RocketNews24:‘I wonder if you’ll have a grandchild when you get this letter?’ These are the words written by a woman 10 years ago, before she lost her life in the March 2011 tsunami. Her mother and father were shocked to find the letter containing them arrive in the mail this January. While there was no Hollywood movie ending where their beloved daughter turned up…
-A pint of Guinness has fewer calories than Coors and Budweiser and has more flavor than them. Guinness draft has fewer calories than a serving of skim milk, which has 135 calories. It also has fewer calories than a serving of orange juice, which contains 183 calories. Twelve ounces of Guinness contains only 125 calories.
-The global beer industry is forecast to have a value of $496.6 billion in 2014 compared to the global wine industry which is expected to reach $327.8 billion in 2016.
-It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month” or what we know today as the “honeymoon”.
-Back in 2009 a small Michigan microbrewery called Dark Horse turned down a potentially huge endorsement deal with Nickelback. The spot would have involved a delivery truck pulling up to a frat party with crowd shots of kids holding the beers. Dark Horse ultimately declined because they hated like Nickelback.
-Snow Beer in China is the most popular beer, with 74.8 million barrels sold in 2012.
-Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form. Sadly its alcoholic content is less than that found in a standard beer.
-In the Czech Republic, the average person drinks 346 12-ounce bottles of beer per year - the most of any other country.
-Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn’t grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase “rule of thumb”.
-The moon has a crater named Beer.
-Pale lagers and pilsners account for the top 10 most popular beer brands in the world.
-In 1962, Iron City beer was the brand used to test-market the concept of tab opening aluminium cans. By 1970, over 90% of all beer cans were self-opening.
-In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts so in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”.
-At 65 percent alcohol by volume, Armageddon from Brewmaster in Scotland is the world’s strongest beer.
-A beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.
-Beer helped Joseph Priestly discover oxygen. He noticed gases rising from the big vats of beer at a brewery and asked to do some experiments.
-Prohibition, beginning on January 16, 1920, lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32-1/2 minutes, and was rescinded on December 5, 1933, at 3:32 p.m.
-At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.
-Beer was the reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It’s clear from the Mayflower’s log that the crew didn’t want to waste beer looking for a better site. The log goes on to state that the passengers “were hassled ashore and made to drink water that the seamen might have the more beer”.
-Beer contains high levels of silicon, which have been found to increase mineral density in bones, according to researchers. In other words - drink more!
-Centuries ago in England, pub visitors used a novel innovation that enabled them to get their beer served quickly. They used mugs with a whistle baked into the rim, the whistle being used to summon the barmaid. It has been suggested this practice gave birth to the phrase “wet your whistle”.
-Oktoberfest originally started as a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.
-At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.
-After consuming a bucket or two of vibrant brew they called aul, or ale, the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle often without armour or even shirts. In fact, the term “berserk” means “bare shirt” in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles.
-Beer is easiest on the kidneys among alcoholic beverages because it has the highest water content. In other words - drink more!
-Germany is home to a beer pipeline. Taps in Veltsin-Arena are connected by a 5km tube of beer.
-During the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, beer was often a nutritional necessity and was sometimes used in a medicinal setting. It could be flavoured with almost anything, from the bark of fir trees to fresh eggs and thyme. Everyone drank beer, including children.
-Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.
-In 1740, Admiral Vernon of the British fleet decided to water down the navy’s rum. Needless to say, the sailors weren’t too pleased and called Admiral Vernon, Old Grog, after the stiff wool grogram coats he wore. The term “grog” soon began to mean the watered down drink itself. When you were drunk on this grog, you were “groggy”, a word still in use today.
-The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.
-President Theodore Roosevelt took more than 500 gallons of beer with him on an African safari.
-At the Wife Carrying World Championships, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.
-In the middle ages “nunchion” was the word for liquid lunches. It was a combination of the words “noon scheken”, or noon drinking. In those days, a large chunk of bread was called lunch. So if you ate bread with your nunchion, you had what we still today call a luncheon.
-A cloud near the constellation Aquila contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion, trillion pints of beer.
-Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.
-By the 1900s most saloons were owned by breweries. The bartenders earned $10 to $15 per week, with Sunday bringing in the most business.
-Coined in the early 1900s, the word “alcoholiday” means leisure time spent drinking.
-Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.
-The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.
-In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, TX.
-There is an Egyptian beer, called ‘Bousa’ that is brewed from millet and has been a favourite drink of many for over 3,000 years. Modern Ethiopia has a version made from wheat. It has been hypothesized that this might have been the origin for the word “booze”. Other spellings used are boza, bouza, and booza.
…so, DRINK UP!
EXCERPTS FROM A CAT’S DIARY
DAY 752: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape and the mild satisfaction I felt from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.
DAY 761: Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors I once again induced myself to vomit on their favourite chair… must try this on their bed.
DAY 765: Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was. Hmmm… not working according to plan.
DAY 768: I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called ‘shampoo’. What sick minds could invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.
DAY 771: There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odour of what they call ‘pizza’. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of ‘allergies’. Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.
DAY 774: I am convinced that the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait. It is only a matter of time…
EXCERPTS FROM A DOG’S DIARY
8:00am: OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:00am: OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40am: OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30am: OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30am: OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00pm: OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00pm: OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30pm: OH BOY! BATH TIME! MY FAVORITE!
4:00pm: OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00pm: OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30pm: OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
Your 20’s are the building blocks of your championship, so build toward greatness. Don’t fall into a trap of holding a weak mentality, and living your life without passion, purpose, and dedication. The phrase “If Only” is for those who hold fear more than faith, and who put more weight on excuses, than present blessings. One decision can develop into a habit, and the habits you form create your reality. Here are 10 choices that carry significant weight. Learn to be conscious of the decisions you make so you can do your best to live like a champion:
WEARING A MASK TO IMPRESS OTHERS
If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.
LETTING SOMEONE ELSE CREATE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOU
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find. A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams. Do you have people who disagree with you? Good. It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path. Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
KEEPING NEGATIVE COMPANY
Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.
BEING SELFISH AND EGOTISTICAL
A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired. So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.
AVOIDING CHANGE AND GROWTH
If you want to know your past look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future look into your present actions. You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back. If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success. See the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.
GIVING UP WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH
There are no failures, just results. Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Learn what you can and move on. The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end. Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory. It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.
TRYING TO MICROMANAGE EVERY LITTLE THING
Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.
SETTLING FOR LESS THAN YOU DESERVE
Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.
ENDLESSLY WAITING UNTIL TOMORROW
The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t. Read Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture.
BEING LAZY AND WISHY-WASHY
The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Take full responsibility for your life - take control. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.
Very interesting. A bit more challenging to do over an ocean. This Really Exists: Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America…
Every so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest, a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling: a large concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length, sitting in the middle of scrub-covered nowhere.
What are these giant arrows? Some kind of surveying mark? Landing beacons for flying saucers? Earth’s turn signals?
No, it’s… The Transcontinental Air Mail Route.
On August 20, 1920, the United States opened its first coast-to-coast airmail delivery route, just 60 years after the Pony Express closed up shop.
There were no good aviation charts in those days, so pilots had to eyeball their way across the country using landmarks. This meant that flying in bad weather was difficult, and night flying was just about impossible.
The Postal Service solved the problem with the world’s first ground-based civilian navigation system: a series of lit beacons that would extend from New York to San Francisco. Every ten miles, pilots would pass a bright yellow concrete arrow. Each arrow would be surmounted by a 51-foot steel tower and lit by a million-candlepower rotating beacon. (A generator shed at the tail of each arrow powered the beacon.)
Now mail could get from the Atlantic to the Pacific not in a matter of weeks, but in just 30 hours or so.
Even the dumbest of air mail pilots, it seems, could follow a series of bright yellow arrows straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon. By 1924, just a year after Congress funded it, the line of giant concrete markers stretched from Rock Springs, Wyoming to Cleveland, Ohio. The next summer, it reached all the way to New York, and by 1929 it spanned the continent uninterrupted, the envy of postal systems worldwide.
Radio and radar are, of course, infinitely less cool than a concrete Yellow Brick Road from sea to shining sea, but I think we all know how this story ends. New advances in communication and navigation technology made the big arrows obsolete, and the Commerce Department decommissioned the beacons in the 1940s. The steel towers were torn down and went to the war effort. But the hundreds of arrows remain. Their yellow paint is gone, their concrete cracks a little more with every winter frost, and no one crosses their path much, except for coyotes and tumbleweeds.
But they’re still out there.
*story from Snopes.com RSS