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You Can Buy Wine Made From the Queen’s Royal Vineyard

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Windsor Castle. Image credit: Diliff via Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

February 6, 2017 marks a special date in British history. It’s the 65-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal rule, making her the first-ever British monarch to reach her Sapphire Jubilee. And what better way to celebrate than with champagne made from grapes grown on the Queen’s estate?

For many non-royals, sipping a glass of Windsor Vineyard English Quality Sparking Wine is the closest they can get to wining and dining with the Queen. Food and Wine reports that Laithwaite’s, the largest wine retailer in the UK, received the green light to plant its vineyard at the royal Windsor Great Park in 2011. Queen Elizabeth II isn’t the first monarch to approve a vineyard at Windsor: Henry II grew grapes of his own there in the twelfth century. But this will be the first time modern palates will get to taste wine from the property.

A couple of years after the new vineyard was planted, vines were producing champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes right outside Windsor Castle. The first batch of the Queen’s two-year-aged wines was ready to hit stores by the end of 2016.

But the product didn’t remain on the shelves for very long: All 3000 bottles of Her Majesty’s English fizz have already sold out. Fortunately for fans of all things Royal, the vineyard is set to be churning out 20,000 bottles worth of grapes annually in six or seven years. The next round of wine, which will market for £35 (about $43) a bottle, is already available for pre-order ahead of its release in fall of 2017.

[h/t Food and Wine]

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How Long Could a Person Survive With an Unlimited Supply of Water, But No Food at All?
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How long could a person survive if he had unlimited supply of water, but no food at all?

Richard Lee Fulgham:

I happen to know the answer because I have studied starvation, its course, and its utility in committing a painless suicide. (No, I’m not suicidal.)

A healthy human being can live approximately 45 to 65 days without food of any kind, so long as he or she keeps hydrated.

You could survive without any severe symptoms [for] about 30 to 35 days, but after that you would probably experience skin rashes, diarrhea, and of course substantial weight loss.

The body—as you must know—begins eating itself, beginning with adipose tissue (i.e. fat) and next the muscle tissue.

Google Mahatma Gandhi, who starved himself almost to death during 14 voluntary hunger strikes to bring attention to India’s independence movement.

Strangely, there is much evidence that starvation is a painless way to die. In fact, you experience a wonderful euphoria when the body realizes it is about to die. Whether this is a divine gift or merely secretions of the brain is not known.

Of course, the picture is not so pretty for all reports. Some victims of starvation have experienced extreme irritability, unbearably itchy skin rashes, unceasing diarrhea, painful swallowing, and edema.

In most cases, death comes when the organs begin to shut down after six to nine weeks. Usually the heart simply stops.

(Here is a detailed medical report of the longest known fast: 382 days.)

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This Concrete Block Makes a Fine Espresso
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Have you ever thought your kitchen could use more of a Soviet Union vibe? Do you find the fixtures in abandoned buildings charming? Then the AnZa espresso machine—essentially a coffee maker encased in a concrete block—may be for you.

According to Curbed, the AnZa is part of the art and installation aesthetic dubbed Brutalism, an architectural movement using spare, blocky designs. Moving away from the sleek, shiny appearance of most modern appliances, design firm Montaag crafted a rough block with simple knobs. As post-apocalyptic as it may look, it’s reputed to make a very good cup of espresso. And it’s “smart”: a smartphone app can adjust the brewing temperature to the user’s preference.

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The project’s Kickstarter recently met its $145,000 goal and is now accepting preorders at Indiegogo for $799. You can hoist this subjectively beautiful appliance on your countertop beginning in March 2018.

[h/t Curbed]

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