Having one of these in your washroom may be as clear a sign as any that you have a drinking problem… but heck, life is short and it’s your house. The His and Hers Toilet Paper Holder for Beverages is available from Easy for $20. To keep the option open to have a drink while engaging in all of your bathroom activities, for less than $14 you can also get the Shower Beer Beverage Holder.
Here’s an interesting, though gimmicky ad campaign that’s arrived just in time for the Super Bowl. Tostitos has created a limited edition bag that can tell if you’ve been drinking. The bag turns green if you’re in the clear, otherwise if it detects alcohol on your breath, it will turn red with the message, “Don’t drink and drive.” It will then also display a promo code good for $10 off an Uber, complete with near field technology to let you tap your phone to the bag call the Uber if you’re really that hammered. (Now that’s actually pretty cool). The catch is the bag cannot detect your level of intoxication, just that you’ve been drinking, so it’s really not a substitute for a breathalyzer or, more simply, just keeping track of how many drinks you’ve had. Hit the jump for a somewhat overly dramatic promotional video for the Tostitos Party Safe bag (yes, that’s really what it’s called).
A new accessory, not yet available for purchase but apparently coming soon, claims it can measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) through your skin and can give you an immediate readout of your current level of inebriation. BACtrack Skyn is expected to be sold in both stand-alone and Apple watch accessory versions. The product bills itself as being able to give you a notification when your blood alcohol level reaches a certain pre-set point to remind you to slow down or stop drinking. No need to blow into a portable breathalyzer, which appears to be the company’s bread and butter based on their website’s list of currently available products. Hit the jump for a video of the CEO explaining the history of his company and what their new product is all about.
Bars in Lincolnshire, England recently ran a campaign that has since received worldwide attention in which patrons who felt they were in an unsafe situation (such as on a first date where they had concerns about the person they have just met) could go up to the bar counter and “ask for Angela.” This would be the bar tender’s signal to call them a cab or otherwise discretely help them.
SantaCon has come to be an annual nation-wide December pub crawl with participants – men and women – dressed up in full Santa costume. However, the event has become notoriously rowdy in recent years, especially in New York City. Apparently the bad behavior was at its worst at an East Village bar that says a group of “a hundred” partying Santas looted all their booze, smashed bottles, and generally wrecked the place. They estimated $5,000 worth of damage was done. No arrests were made, although over the course of the day in the city NYPD issued over 100 summonses for disorderly conduct.
SantaCon idiots invade neighborhood pub, destroy glassware and steal liquor [via NY Dail News]
Move over, citrus vodka. Would you like to try a shot of fresh cut grass flavored vodka? No? Perhaps some wasabi vodka then?
Hit the jump for more crazy flavored vodkas.
Hit the jump for surveillance video of a guy sitting in a Russian restaurant (which according to the Russian news site Life News, is actually a club called Sagittarius in Vichuga, Ivanovskaya, Russia, about 230 miles east of Moscow) calmly sipping his drink as a group of 30-odd armed thugs storm the place to beat up a table full of people sitting across from him. Evidently unimpressed, he looks around a few times but won’t let the mayhem interfere with his plans for a relaxing afternoon.
Stephen Barounis, 50, a retired NYPD detective, is planning to soon open The 46th Street Station House, a new police station themed bar near Times Square – complete with a squad car and holding cell. An old-fashioned police call boxwill house the bar’s telephone, and a vintage 1960s era police car will be inside the bar on display, and the walls will be lined with celebrity mugshots of stars like Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and others.
Former NYPD cop is opening a police-themed bar near Times Square [via New York Daily News]
A really interesting article on the history of the breathalyzer and how it came into being.
The first serious scientific work on mechanizing the determination of whether someone was driving drunk took place in the 1920s. A doctor and researcher in Los Angeles by the name of Dr. Emil Bogen conducted a landmark study in 1927 on how to scientifically determine inebriation. By this time it was fairly well-established that testing blood gave you a solid idea of how drunk a person might be. But by testing urine, blood, and breath, Bogen found that the latter could indeed function as a reliable estimator for blood alcohol content (BAC).
Dr. Bogen’s breath test used a large football bladder that contained sulphuric acid and potassium dichromate. A patient would breathe into it, and as the chemicals in the football bladder changed from yellow to various shades of blue and green, they were compared to tubes of the same chemicals in which different amounts of alcohol had been added. Effective, but not the most practical for a traffic stop.
Drunk Driving and The Pre-History of Breathalyzers [via Gizmodo]
Because cops love alcohol and meat. The quintessential pairing!
Black Label Whiskey Beef Jerky [via Get Some Jerky]