The Quick 10: 10 Best Beer Names

I've been trying to lay off the sauce lately - I'm training for a half marathon and alcohol really hampers my efforts (even just a pint or two). But it's been tough - I have four weekends in a row that are drinking occasions. The first was a class reunion, the second was a Jimmy Buffett concert, this weekend we're going to Lollapalooza (although I'm not sure I can afford to drink there) and the weekend after is a birthday party for my husband. Needless to say, my willpower has been tested. So you might understand why I was intrigued by the St. Petersburg Times' list of Best Beer Names. Do you agree with them? Let us know in the comments.

10 Best Beer Names

10. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. Mmm, End of the World Beer.
9. Harveistoun Old Engine Oil. Whatever it takes, I guess.
8. Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout. I'm going to guess that this Happy Ending is cheaper than its namesake.
7. Ridgeway Santa's Butt. Because nothing makes me want to drink like Santa's plumber's crack.
6. Buffalo Bill's Alimony Ale. The Times says this company bills Alimony Ale as the "bitterest beer in America".
5. Dogfish Head Golden Shower. This one was only on the market under this name for a short period of time; it was subsequently renamed Golden Era.
4. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Pooh Coffee.
3. McQuire's I'll Have What The Gentleman On The Floor Is Having Barley Wine. I wonder if you can just say, "Can I have the IHWTGOTFIHBW?"
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1. Wasatch Polygamy Porter. The slogan? "Why have just one?"

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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