Sexing Up Sprouts?

Blonde Brussel sprout tester Yasmin Clappison, 19, appears to be trying to do for the humble vegetable what Elle Macpherson did for milk, or what Dervla Kirwan did for M&S Food – sexing it up. She might be a far cry from the man from Del Monte, but a-peeling Yasmin’s provocative poses have certainly got her some attention after her unveiling as an official tester of the vegetable in the run-up to Christmas. The Yorkshire lass will be a key component in making sure her dad’s festive crop hits the spot this winter – traditionally the busiest time for a Brussels business… Sporting pink wellies as well as a few lads mag-esque poses, she’s sure to cause a stink in the industry.” w/ photos

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The Alpine Coaster

“This is a single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria. You reach the summit via a cablecar and then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go. Having ridden it once using a little braking, I decided to try it a second time without using the brakes. This is SCARY! Enjoy the ride!” — davidjellis

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Why Do Flies Like Beer?

Ever wondered why flies are attracted to beer? Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside have, and offer an explanation. They report that flies sense glycerol, a sweet-tasting compound that yeasts make during fermentation. “Insects use their taste system to glean important information about the quality and nutritive value of food sources,” said Anupama Dahanukar, an assistant professor of entomology, whose lab conducted the research. “Sugars signal high nutritive value to flies, but little is known about which chemical cues flies use for food sources that are low in sugar content — such as beer.” w/ photos

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World’s Largest Tea Bag

“ITV Meridian reports the world record-breaking largest teabag unveiled by All About Tea on board HMS Warrior in Portsmouth.”

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Sound System Made Of 5,000 Beer Cans

“The 8-foot high, fully functioning sound sculpture is made using thousands of recycled Red Stripe beer cans partly collected at this year’s Notting Hill carnival. The project celebrates the DIY culture of the brand’s Jamaican roots, with Reggae, Dub and Jamaican music influences as well.” — RedStripeLager

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