Hey there, sonic nerds: this mini-symphony is made entirely from the sounds of water in Kumamoto, Japan. The area is known for it’s high quality water, so Sony took it upon themselves to make their own water-powered version of Pachelbel’s Canon by going around with high-quality audio equipment and recording the beautiful and varies noises. You may not listen to the sounds of nature quite the same way again. Also, can we just talk about how scenic it looks there? Sign me up for a visit.
According to a new piece in the The Los Angeles Times, sommeliers who create specially curated, super expensive water menus are becoming more and more common at high-end restaurants. Water sommelier Martin Riese explains why:
“When you have good food, good wine and good spirits, you don’t want to contaminate that with [sic] water … All waters have unique tastes, and a lot of Americans think water is just water, but I completely don’t believe in that.Water has so many interesting nuances.”
I’ve been saying this since I was eight and my father would roll his eyes and tell me that I was a “snob.” I am not a snob; Arizona’s tap water (where I grew up) smelled and tasted like chlorine and made me feel sick. Apparently, I was born with a highly sensitive palate that could detect the thickness, minerality, sweetness and bitterness of various water varietals. Keep reading »
I am writing this post for the most part as a response to Amelia, whose number two New Year’s resolution was to drink more water. But also, because I am passionate about drinking water. I like to refer to myself as a water enthusiast, although I am probably more of an aquaholic. (Sometimes I drink more than the recommended eight glasses a day.)
I grew up in the Arizona desert, where the arid air gives you permanent dry mouth and the tap water is undrinkable. Or at least, I had a conspiracy theorist teacher in middle school who spent entire class periods telling us how the fluoride in the water supply would kill us all. That’s when I stopped drinking tap water. Even if it wasn’t dangerous, it tasted like rust to me. So, I got into the habit of always carrying “safe” water on my person. My dad, a serious athlete, kept massive amounts of bottled water in the house, and I got into my water habit at an early age. How hydrated I am directly correlates to how good my day is going. If I didn’t drink enough water, chances are, it was a bad day and I was all tense and running around. That is a sad day in my world. Keep reading »
Who is to blame for Mother Earth’s metastasizing environmental crisis? Women, of course. Are we tossing out too many sanitary napkins? Drinking too many lattes in cardboard cups? Well, yes, but this is more serious. Us ladies are “wasting” billions of liters of water every year leaving the water running while we shave our legs. According to a survey by the UK water company Thames Water, a third of women leave the water running while we shave our legs in the shower, which amounts to enough “wasted” water every year to supply London with acqua for 25 days.
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In order to keep the momentum going from their roller baby video, Evian selected six individuals, including Maria Sharapova, to pose in T-shirts with baby bodies emblazoned on the front. To be honest, I’m a little creeped out by this image of the tennis star. She’s wearing a baby body as a T-shirt! How is that not weird? And who thought this was a good idea? While the shirt is totally odd, and surely not an item most people would ever wear, Evian’s motivation is something I can get behind. According to the H2O brand, youth is a mindset and lifestyle, so their Live Young campaign embraces the inner child in everyone. I’m a huge fan of water and the idea of staying young, but I just wish Evian took a second to realize no one wants to walk around with a huge picture of a baby’s body on their shirt. [Sassybella] Keep reading »
By now, drinking water out of reusable bottles has become not only the right thing to do, but the cool thing as well. With all the different options from Nalgenes to SIGGs, there’s a design to suit everyone’s visual palette. But now, the Keith Haring Estate decided to join in the aqua fun, and created a limited edition set of water bottles with SIGG. The looks tap into pure Haring aesthetic, and with the bright colors and blue tops, the bottles will not only brighten your day, but also make Mother Earth happy as well. Purchase your own at Colette. [SlamxHype] Keep reading »
You’ve heard of Goldschläger — the alcohol with little bits of gold flecks floating around inside — but now there’s a new liquid infused with the pricey precious metal. And that liquid is water. Yes, you read that right. The most simple of beverages just got quite a bit fancier with the creation of new limited-edition Exousia Luxury Water, an Italian spring water infused with the mineral. So why drink water with gold inside? Apparently, the addition has anti-stress and anti-aging elements. But if you’re prepared to put down the credit card for this H20, you’ll need to hold up for a second. There’s an order and reservation process you’ll have to go through first. [Wait, seriously? Price upon request for water!? -- Editor] Sounds like Ponce de León’s search for the Fountain of Youth, doesn’t it? Keep reading »
The Amazing Hydration Diet sounds like an elixir an old timey quack doctor would sell out the back of his wagon at a carnival. However silly sounding, it’s really a trendy diet that was recently popular with folks in Britain. Licensed nutritionist Barbara Nash suggested her chubby client, Dawn Page, take a little bit off by drinking excessive amounts of water — nearly 10 glasses a day. Sure, it seems refreshingly healthy for a diet when compared to the all-you-can-eat-meat Atkins diet, the cabbage soup only diet, and prepackaged low fat foods, but in actuality life-giving water can also kill. Apparently, there is such a thing as water intoxication. Not as fun as plain intoxication and sadly, a Californian woman died last year from a water drinking contest to win a Nintendo Wii. Luckily, Dawn Page survived her hydration detox, including all of the vomiting and the epileptic fit it induced. Keep reading »