Starbucks Is Testing a Drink That Tastes Like Guinness (Without the Alcohol)
by Samantha Grossman (@sam_grossman
The new drink, called the Dark Barrel Latte, is being tested at select locations across Ohio and Florida, Grubstreet reports. It doesn't contain any alcohol, but it supposedly contains the dark, toasty, malty flavors of Guinness. A BuzzFeed writer who got his hands on one in Columbus confirmed that it really does taste like stout. Several customers who've tweeted about the drink agree that it tastes like Guinness — but the jury's still out on whether or not that’s actually a good thing. [more inside]
When I asked a colleague who was born and raised in Dublin (Guinness's birthplace) how he felt about all this, he responded first with this GIF. Then, as he mulled it over a bit more, he added, "Holy hell. Worst." Then he posed a question: "American Guinness already doesn't taste like Guinness. So what will this taste like?" Then he barfed all over me and my stupid American ignorance.
'News of impending fatherhood affects men in different ways. Some guys pump their fists. Others light cigars. A few flee. When 33-year-old Colin Furze
learned that his girlfriend was pregnant, he channeled his paternal excitement into building the world’s fastest baby stroller.
' The twin-exhaust, 10-horsepower, gasoline-fueled pram has four gears. And cupholders. And it can accelerate to 50mph in less than 30 seconds. [more inside]
In a triumph of both technology and agriculture, the Guinness World Record for largest Quick Response code has been claimed by a corn maze.* [more inside]
"The whole dream is that everybody has a world record in them
," said Dan Rollman, president and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Universal Record Database
. Since the site went live last fall, more than 1,000 feats have been documented - ranging from the most binder clips on a face (now up to 34
) to the longest toenail (seven-eighths of an inch
) to the most whoopee cushions sat on without smiling or laughing (presently up to 18
), and a few records involving mustaches (1
). Beyond the basics of setting records, the URDB is based on three principles
: 1. Honesty and accuracy are pretty much everything, 2. Don't hurt yourself. Don't hurt others. Don't hurt the planet, and 3. Waste sucks. [more inside]
Pianist, producer, and songwriter Gonzales
(real name Jason Charles Beck
) is currently attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest solo concert
. He's aiming for 27 hours, and at time of writing has around six hours left to go. You can follow the attempt live online
. [more inside]
- Rewind the rhythm of life
, find the purpose
of evolution? First link direct to Quicktime, second to lyrics, third to lauding press release
As you're reading this,
Grand Master Susan Polgar is on her way to breaking the Guinness World Record
for playing simultaneous games of chess. She began at 10 a.m. today playing over 300 opponents. Going from board to board, by 5 p.m. she had already walked 5 miles. Polgar, with a fascinating backstory,
broke the glass ceiling of male-dominated international chess in 1990 and cleared the way for her sister Judit,
an even stronger player.
As of early tonight, Susan had yet to lose a single game (she must win at lest 80% of them), but acknowledged that some players might get lucky: "At least I will make their day."
This is a really bizarre self promotion stunt
. Garry Turner sent this in to
"One Step Beyond" producer Claire Mandile in the hopes of being featured on the show. Garry's "resume" is in the
Guinness book of world records
as the man with the Stretchiest Skin.
The Golden Era Missile Command Challenge!
The Epic Battle of Billy Mitchell
vs. Mr. Awesome (Roy Shildt)
, in which, Pac-Man Champion and renowned creator of Rickey's Chicken Wing Hot Sauce, Billy Mitchell, has his status as "Player of the Century" challenged by Missile Command record holder and arch-nemesis, Roy Shildt. Funspot Classic Games Message Board For World Record Holders CLOSED Because of too much airing out of dirty laundry.
Below: Conversations With [Roy Shildt,] Guinness Book Missile Command Champion, who is always in hot water with Twin Galaxies due to his accusations and fight to stay on the scoreboard. He has apologized, even though Mitchell has moved on, insisting that "his passion for winning has abated somewhat, or at least
shifted." ... "Now," he says, "I bring my passion to the sauce." Billy Mitchell never gives up." (Warning: Crazy site design and information overload! Be sure to scrooooooll down)
that guiness bubbles really do fall, and it doesn't violate the laws of physics.
The tallest man on record
was Roger Pershing Wadlow
which I discovered after finding this curious photo
. His 8'11.1" stature dwarfed Andre's
mere 7'4" height. Both suffered from the rare pituitary disorder of gigantism or acromegaly
. China has some really tall people
including Defen Yao
. If her height of 7"8.5" is accurate, it is more than an inch taller than Guinness record holder Sandy Allen
. By comparison, the top 50 tallest basketball players
provide some scale. (centimeter converter).
Apparently, girls and giants
are a popular combo.
Guinness is Good for You:
Find the poster of your birth year; of the year you had your first glass of Guinness; of the year you swore off the stuff. Try to find a way to link to one of them. Despair. Pour another pint. It's all good. [Flash req. "Argentina 1952" works for the login.
I'd like to wish a happy St. Patricks Day
to Irish readers, Irish-Americans, Irish-Britons, Irish-Australians, Irish-New Zealanders, and whoever is of Irish descent. And if you don't have Irish blood, go to the pub, drink some Guinness and you soon will!
Science brings the pub home.
Have any Guinness faithful tried it yet? Verdict?
The Fluid Dynamics of a Guinness Stout.
Do the bubbles in a freshly poured Guinness go up or down? Answer: both.