Jan 15
Beer Fights Cancer
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Researchers in Germany say that a cancer-fighting substance found in hops could be enhanced to brew a special anti-cancer beer.

The discovery could lead to healthier beers and food supplements.

One day when you hold up a glass and say, “To your health,” you would actually be toasting a triumph of the brewer’s art over disease.

The preliminary studies indicate xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a family of enzymes that can trigger the cancer process, as well as help the body detoxify carcinogens, according to the science newswire Ivanhoe.

“It’s very healthy. I think the ingredients in the beer are very good,” says Dr Werner Back, a brewing technology expert at the Technical University of Munich.

Xanthohumol contains more powerful antioxidants than vitamin E and some studies indicate it helps reduce oxidation of bad cholesterol, the newswire reported.

“Xanthohumol has been shown to be a very active substance against cancer,” says Dr Markus Herrmann, also of Munich. “It comes in small sticky beads, which you find within the hops.”

Hops have always been known to possess medicinal properties and are used in herbal medicines as a muscle relaxant. Other compounds found in hops are potent phytoestrogens. Scientists say these compounds could ultimately help prevent post-menopausal hot flashes and osteoporosis.

Now scientists have discovered hops contain xanthohumol, a powerful antioxidant.

“It comes in small, sticky beads, which you find within the hops,” says Herrmann.

Xanthohumol shuts down enzymes called cytochromes P-4; they can activate the cancer process. It also helps the body detoxify carcinogens, stopping tumour growth at an early stage.

Preliminary studies at Oregon State University show that xanthohumol can kill breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers, the newswire reported.

But don’t toast your health too soon. The German researchers warn that it would take 60 regular beers to equal the amount of xanthohumol researchers are able to brew in this one beer.

That’s why scientists are now working on ways to give all beers higher levels of Xanthohumol, and even find ways to add it to other foods, like chocolate.

And they say, just like chocolate – the darker the beer, the better it is for you.

Jan 14
16 year old throws a huge party, isnt sorry.
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Cory, A 16 year old teenager throws a huge party at home while his parents are gone. His neighbors cars are destroyed, the cops come, and he’s royally busted. On top of it all they police are threatening to bill him for their services from between $18,000-$20,000. Is he sorry? Nope. It ‘wasnt his party’ since it occured in the street.

Our favorite quotes include:

Reporter: Why dont you take your glasses off so we can see you, and then apologize.

Cory: No, nah, I’ll leave these on, I like em.

Reporter: Why dont you make a grown up decision now and accept responsibility, take off those glasses, and apologize to everyone. Take off, take off your glasses

Cory: I’ll say sorry but I wont take off my glasses.

Reporter: Why not?

Cory: Because they’re famous.

Reporter: I suggest you go away and take a good long hard look at yourself

Cory: I have, everyone has, they love it.

Jan 14
How To Open A Beer Bottle With A Chainsaw
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Jan 13
Drink like a….fish?
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drink like a fishTONAMI, Toyama — Some people are said to drink like a fish, but in a recent event here it was the fish that were getting their fill of alcohol.

The fish were the drinkers in a strange ceremony dating back to the Edo Period in which lively carp are made to consume a large dose of sake as they symbolically take on people’s calamities. After drinking the sake, the fish are released into a river.

A total of 62 people who this year were set to reach an age said to require care against calamities — 25 and 42 for men and 19 and 33 for women — took part in the Jan. 7 ceremony, praying for things such as long life and academic achievement.

During the event, which involved proceedings at a Shinto shrine, carp were captured by men wearing traditional crest-bearing garments, and a woman dressed in a kimono poured a bottle of sacred sake into the mouths of the fish before they were released into the river.

Filled up with sake, the carp at first turned belly-up on the surface of the water. But they soon recovered and swam off.

Jan 11
Woman Blows 0.72
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In what may be the most extreme drunk driving case ever, an Oregon woman was arrested last month with a .72 blood alcohol level–nine times the state’s legal limit. Terri Comer, 42, was arrested after she was discovered unconscious in her car, which sheriff’s deputies found running and in a snow bank on a highway in Klamath County at 11:30 AM on December 28. After breaking a car window, rescuers removed the comatose Comer from her Toyota and transported her to a local hospital, where a blood draw revealed the .72 BAC. She was reportedly hospitalized for a day before being released. As seen in a police photo, Comer’s vehicle came to a stop about 50 feet in front of one of those portable traffic signs reminding motorists not to drink and drive (a close-up of the sign can be seen here). Comer is pictured below in a 2006 mug shot snapped after a prior drunk driving arrest. In that case, her BAC was recorded in the relatively minor .3 range. In November, another Oregon woman, Meagan Harper, was nabbed for drunk driving with an extreme BAC. In her case, Harper’s BAC was measured at .55. Comer’s .72 edges out what TSG has previously identified as the highest BAC we’ve ever seen. That fallen record (.69) was held by Willard Ashley III, an Indiana man who was busted in October 2003.

Drunk Mug Shot

From The Smoking Gun

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