Annabel Smith has a freakin’ sweet job, and the fact that she’s the first and only woman in Britain doing it makes it that much cooler. Smith is the country’s first female beer inspector. She works for Cask Marque, an organization formed by four breweries (and now made up of 34) that ensures their beers taste great after going out into the world. Traveling across the country, Smith sips beer from morning till night, and unlike wine tasters, she doesn’t spit out her drinks: “You need to swallow it because the sides and back of your tongue are the only places that detect bitterness.” Smith gets her taste buds tested once a year, and when she tastes an ale, she is gauging it based on it’s appearance, aroma, taste, and temperature. Keep reading »
You might be having a bad day, but Lily Allen is having a worse one. [Twitter/LilyRoseAllen] Keep reading »
On my second birthday I was standing in a chair, greedily reaching for the gifts laid out on a table before me, when the chair tipped over and fell on my leg. I hobbled around for a few days before the doctors realized my leg was broken. Worst birthday ever, right? Wrong! Suu Kyi, a Noble Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist, has spent almost 15 years under house arrest in Burma. So she’s had a ton of awful birthdays. Today, she turned 64, marking the 14th time she has spent her big day in detention. Her lawyer was allowed to bring her some chocolate cake, orchids, and a few birthday wishes from friends, family, and supporters. He also brought rice for her security guards. Too bad he didn’t put sedatives in their food. Keep reading »
We’re celebrating dads this week in preparation for Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21. What’s the best thing your father ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »
This morning I was driven into orgasmic ecstacy when I found out about this sex toy vending machine. A brilliant company, called Tabooboo, has been marketing these for a few years but people are finally starting to take notice. Available mostly in the U.K., these bright pink vending machines sell 11 different products—including nipple clamps, heaven beads, finger bunnies, key chain rockets, and love eggs. Most of the products are pretty small and discreet although there’s nothing secretive about buying a sex toy from a vending machine. Best of all, they are cheap, about $9 each.
At our offices they just took away our first aid kit, and I think they owe us something. Although this machine costs $1800, if we can’t have band-aids and aspirin, at least we should have vibrators. Because an orgasm is the best painkiller there is. [Tabooboo] Keep reading »