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Would you prefer the site to A) stay the way it is or B) change to a new design where the home page provides a digest of many posts (just the first paragraph, perhaps), and you have to click the post title to read more.
A 15-year-old girl fell ill at a Berlin Christmas market on Saturday, bringing to eight the number of confirmed Christmas-market-poisonings this week. This time, though, the poisoner was apparently dressed as Santa Claus.
The unknown man offered the girl a paper cup containing the German spirit Schnaps at the market near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. After drinking it, she vomited and suffered short-term memory loss.
Doctors confirmed that a substance, not yet identified, had been mixed into the drink….
Police said the victims may have been given a mixture of alcohol and so-called “knockout drops” meant to render people unconscious so they can be robbed or sexually assaulted.
The best way to drink hand sanitizer is straight, like whisky, and down it “like a shot,” explains Tyler, a Grade 10 student who lives in Toronto. Undiluted, the alcohol-based liquid tastes a little like “vodka and bug spray,” he adds.
The alarming comment from the 15-year-old mirrors a growing number of news reports about teenagers and children drinking the antiseptic hand-cleaning products. Most hand sanitizers have an alcoholic content between 60 and 90 per cent, which means that even small amounts have led to a number of cases of alcohol poisoning in younger children.
Something tells us that when the Oscars next televise one of their precious “tribute montages” — like they do for “comedy,” “westerns,” or “trains” — it won’t be to honor that most essential of cinematic characters: The drunk. And yet, flip through the history books and you’ll see that some of cinema’s greatest and most-honored performances have come from actors playing men (and women) who were a little heavy-handed with the bottle.
Videos included for almost all of the honorees, but Nicolas Cage’s liquor store dance from Leaving Las Vegas may be the best of the bunch.
Noodle bars are becoming more popular (Blade Runner, here we come!)! Peruvian food is in! Ginger is the new mint!
And apparently we’ll be eating a lot of smoked food next year… and drinking smoke-infused cocktails as well:
Bartenders are smoking their bourbons (Eben Freeman at Tailor, for example), and chefs, recognizing the national craze for BBQ, are smoking more than just salmon and ribs: nuts, salts, even smoked steelhead roe (at Chicago’s Alinea). Who says smoking’s bad for you?
And the hip place to eat in ’09? You’re gonna have to schlep all the way to Portland, Maine.
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