Whisky windfall: Man finds rare 100-year-old bottles hidden in the attic
When a Missouri man decided to install central air-conditioning and central heat in the attic of his historic house, he found much more than he bargained for.
Bryan Fite, of St. Joseph, Mo., discovered 13 bottles of century-old whisky under the floorboards in the attic of his 1850 house.
He didn’t recognize his good fortune right away, thinking the bottles were tubes or oddly shaped installation pipes. But Fite soon discovered he was sitting on a goldmine of antique whisky – the bottles are likely worth several hundred dollars each, and possibly more.
Interest in investing in whisky has grown in the last five years since the U.S. made it legal for auction houses to sell spirits, the Huffington Post reported.
The bottles of Hellman’s Celebrated Old Crow whisky that Fite found were distilled in 1912 and 1913 and bottled in 1917, two years before Prohibition made the consumption and sale of alcohol illegal throughout the U.S.
Fite guesses the bottles were a secret stash hidden by the previous owner of the house.
“The original owner lost the house and was put in a sanitarium for alcoholism,” he told St. Joe Channel. “So perhaps that might be a story behind it too, that that was his secret stash up in the attic!”
Fite and his wife, Emily, bought their home in 2011 and planned to fix it up. He decided to install the heating and cooling unit himself to save some money.
“I think it’s amazing to be able to feel a little bit energetically what’s been going on in this house for its history,” Emily told St. Joe’s Channel.
Fite said he has no plans to open the pre-Prohibition bottles yet, and might wait until year 2017 when they turn 100.
“Part of the allure for me is having them in their original state,” he told ABC. “I have high expectations of what they’ll taste like, and I’m afraid if I open them I’ll be disappointed.”
Chances are that even though Fite is a Bourbon man himself, it will be a night to remember.
Vaccines are widely used throughout the world to prevent infectious diseases.
Japan is seen as a developing country in terms of the preventive vaccination system because the number of publicly administered vaccines is fewer than that of developed nations.
In the May 23rd meeting held at the preventive-vaccination section of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor, seven kinds of vaccines have been newly recommended for regular shots, three of which are to be put into effect from the next fiscal year.
映画でも知られる児童文学「オズの魔法使い」はデフレをめぐる論争をもとにした寓話との説がある。舞台となった１９世紀後半の米国は物価下落が続き、農民は借金返済に苦しんでいた。There is a theory that “Wonderful Wizard of OZ”, a children’s novel which is also known for its film, is an allegory based on the disputes over deflationary trends in the late nineteenth century, when, in the United States, commodity prices were continuously dropping and farmers were at a loss how to pay back their debts.
金本位制を維持すべきか、金と銀との両方を硬貨に用いる金銀複本位制にし通貨の量を増やしてインフレを起こすべきか、これが大統領選の争点にもなった。The dispute was whether the gold standard system should be maintained or to increase currency volume and stimulate inflation by adopting the gold – silver standard . It also became one of the main issues in the presidential election.
物語は 故郷から遠く離れた不思議な土地に迷い込んだ少女ドロシーが主人公だ。The main character of the story is Dorothy, who finds herself lost in the wonderland far away from home.
ドロシーは家に帰れるようにしてくれる魔法使いを探し、危険な黄色いレンガの道を銀色の靴（映画ではルビー）を履いて進む。 She makes her way through following the dangerous yellow brick road with silver shoes on (ruby in the movie).
黄色は金本位、銀色は銀本位を表している。 Yellow brick road stands for the gold standard, whereas her shoes silver standard.
That is the holiday — date still to be determined — Andy Copeland hopes for as his daughter Aimee fights off virulent flesh-eating bacteria that turned her life upside down in less than two weeks.
Her fight won’t be over on Aimee Day. She will likely need dialysis for some time to help her kidneys function, and rehab to adjust to life without her left leg, part of her abdomen and perhaps other body parts that surgeons may still remove because of her disease.
Still, on that day, the 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student should be able to breathe on her own, after medical staff remove a tube now stuck down her throat that is being used to regulate her oxygen level. And her parents and her sister should, again, hear her voice.
“We’re going to celebrate that day forever for the rest of your life,” Andy Copeland told his daughter as she lay heavily medicated in an Augusta, Georgia, hospital bed. “It’s the day that my daughter was delivered from this horrible, horrible disease.”
Speaking Sunday on CNN, Andy Copeland didn’t go into detail about the latest on his daughter’s condition as she fights for her life beyond saying, “We’re holding up very well here.”
Yet, as he’s done in regular Facebook posts chronicling the ordeal, Andy Copeland was positive about the future.
“I have every confidence that Aimee will be able to overcome this,” he said.
Just last month, she had a full and active life. Aimee was pursuing her master’s degree in psychology, with a focus on eco-psychology — the idea that harmonizing with nature can be a powerful tool in ensuring one’s psychological health and vitality.
On May 1, she and some friends were out near the Little Tallapoosa River, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, when she grabbed onto a homemade zip line, her family has said.
That led to a gash in her left calf, and ultimately it took 22 staples to close the wound, according to CNN affiliate WSB.
Athough she didn’t know it at the time, it was because of that cut that Aimee Copeland contracted the flesh-devouring bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila.
Dr. Buddy Creech, an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, said that Aeromonas hydrophila — which is “remarkably common in the water and in the environment” — is one of many bacteria that can cause a flesh-eating process.
“When it gets into those deeper tissues, it has a remarkable ability to destroy the tissues that surround it in sort of this hunt for nutrition,” Creech said. “When it does that, those tissues die, and you see the inflammation and the swelling and the destruction that can be very difficult to control.”
Most humans are affected by these bacteria by swallowing them, resulting in diarrhea. Aimee Copeland’s case was much more uncommon, in that her wound got “infected and the infection (ran) wild,” explained Creech.
The pain continued for Aimee after her accident and, on May 4, a friend took her to an emergency room where she was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis and flown to Augusta for surgery.
She went into cardiac arrest after being removed from the operating table, but was resuscitated, CNN affiliate WGCL reported.
It was then, Andy Copeland recalled on his Facebook page, that he was “told that Aimee might not survive the night.”
She did survive, though surgeries cost her the leg and part of her abdomen. A post Saturday on a blog set up by the University of West Georgia psychology department said more operations are coming: “Aimee will suffer the loss of her fingers, however physicians have hope of bringing life back to the palms of her hands, which could allow her the muscle control to use helpful prosthetics.”
At one point her lungs “required 100% pure oxygen to be fed to her through a respirator,” as the bacteria ravaged her body, her father wrote. By Sunday, she had improved significantly to 33% — just 12 percentage points shy of 21%, the level of oxygen in air around us.
If and when it gets to that point, she can be taken off the respirator. And her family can mark that moment, Aimee Day, on their collective calendar to celebrate this year and every year after.
For now, Andy Copeland is busy standing by, conversing with medical staff and expressing appreciation for his “amazingly resilient” daughter, as well as for the medical staff, friends and complete strangers who have shown their support.
And the entire family is staying hopeful, fueled in part by the remarkable progress they’ve seen so far.
“The words I hear from the medical professionals to describe Aimee’s continued recovery are ‘astonishing,’ ‘incredible,’ ‘confounding,’ ‘mind-boggling’ and ‘unbelievable,'” Andy Copeland wrote Saturday on Facebook.
“All those are fitting words. My favorite word is ‘miracle.'”
A Polish woman is facing three years in prison after she removed all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth during dental surgery just days after their breakup.
“I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” Anna Mackowiak, 34, told the Austrian Times. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, ‘What a bastard’ and decided to take all his teeth out.”
Marek Olszewski, 45, reportedly showed up at Mackowiak’s dental office complaining of toothache just days after he broke up with her. She then allegedly gave him a “heavy dose” of anesthetic, locked the door and began removing all of his teeth one at a time.
“I knew something was wrong because when I woke up I couldn’t feel any teeth and my jaw was strapped up with bandages,” Olszewski said.
“She told me my mouth was numb and I wouldn’t be able to feel anything for a while and that the bandage was there to protect the gums, but that I would need to see a specialist,” he said.
“I didn’t have any reason to doubt her, I mean I thought she was a professional.”
Adding to his trauma, Olszewski said his new girlfriend has already left him over his now toothless appearance.
“And I’m going to have to pay a fortune on getting indents or something,” he said.
Mackowiak is currently being investigated for medical malpractice.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with “Avatar” director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week. グーグル会長エリック·シュミットと億万長者のラリーペイジ氏が、映画”アバター”のジェームズ·キャメロン監督や他の投資家と提携し、宇宙探査と天然資源の野心的ベンチャー事業をバックアップする。その詳細は来週発表される。
The fledgling company, called Planetary Resources, will be unveiled at a Tuesday news conference at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, according to a press release issued this week. 今週開かれた記者会見によると、その新生会社はプラネタリーリソース（衛星資源）とよばれ、来週火曜日にシアトル航空博物館で公表されるという。
Aside from naming some of the company’s high-profile backers, the press release disclosed tantalizingly few details, saying only that the company will combine the sectors of “space exploration and natural resources” in a venture that could add “trillions of dollars to the global GDP.” 支持者となった著名人たちの名前を紹介した以外、プレスリリースではじれったくなるほど詳しい話が出なかった。唯一出たのはこの会社が宇宙探査と天然資源の分野を結合したものであり、世界のGDPを数兆ドル押し上げるベンチャーになりうる、という点だけである。
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Planetary Resources will explore the feasibility of mining natural resources from asteroids, a decades-old concept. ウオールストリートジャーナル紙は金曜、「プラネタリーリソースは、何十年もの間考えられてきた、小惑星での天然資源発掘の可能性を探るであろう。」と報じた。
A young couple’s wedding plans suffered a setback when the groom-to-be found he had accidentally donated his girlfriend’s engagement ring to Goodwill. Josh Miller, 31, had been hiding the ring in the pocket of an old winter coat for two months as he waited for the right moment to pop the question.
“She talked about the exact right (ring) that she wanted for a long time and we just finally found the perfect engagement ring and we were very excited,” Miller told ABC News’ Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.
That excitement was short-lived however. Ready to propose, Miller dug through his closet for the ring, growing increasingly frantic as he realized it was nowhere to be found.
“I was just shaking,” Miller said. “I didn’t know what to do, or what to say, or how to feel. I called Cara immediately, but she thought I was joking.”
Thinking back, Miller realized that coat, ring and all, was among the items he had put in a pile to donate to Goodwill earlier in the week.
“Honestly, I just think I forgot,” he said. “I knew it was in my closet somewhere, but we were just grabbing stuff and I threw it in a pile and thought, ‘I don’t wear that anymore.’”
By the time Miller was able to get in contact with the Goodwill in his hometown of Buckhead, the coat, which had been put on the shelves earlier in the week couldn’t be located.
Miller has not given up however, he is hoping that a Good Samaritan finds the ring, in his jacket, which he described as a black ski jacket with gray stripes, and return it to him. The ring is made up of a square princess-cut solitaire with smaller diamonds surrounding it in a white gold setting.
“That ring means more to me than anything I can explain,” Miller told WSB.
In the meantime, the couple will proceed with their wedding plans; Miller is scheduled to fly to Akron, Ohio to ask his fiancee’ Cara Epstein’s father for her hand in marriage.
Whether or not there will be a ring to be put on that hand remains to be seen. “She’s a school teacher and I’m a landscaper,” he said. “We obviously don’t make enough money to afford something like that on a regular basis. It was a very large purchase for us, and I just made a very bad mistake.”
The first-class menu was dated 14 April 1912, the last lunch on board the Titanic
A menu of the last meal served to first-class passengers on board the Titanic has sold for £76,000. このメニューが７万６千ポンドで落札された。
It was among hundreds of items from the ship auctioned in Wiltshire ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. 大西洋沖に同号が沈没して100年を機に、南部のウイルとシャー州で数百種類の関連物品が競売にかけられた。
The menu was dated 14 April 1912, the day the cruiser hit an iceberg and sank, killing 1,522 people. このメニュー表の日付は１９１２年４月１４日。氷塊にぶつかって同船が沈み、１５２２名の犠牲者を出したまさにその日である。
The menu was on the table of the first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco who was with his wife and son.このメニューはファーストクラス乗客の机の上にあったものだ。彼はサンフランシスコの著名な銀行員で、妻子を連れての旅行中であった。
She and her son survived the tragedy. 妻子だけが悲劇を逃れていた。