It's the kind of thing that would embarrass most wine connoisseurs. Many professional wine tasters equate quality with price.
The higher the cost, the older the wine, the better quality it is.
But at the 28th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition, that was all proven wrong.
The bottle of California wine, called Two Buck Chuck, made by Charles Shaw Shiraz, won a double gold medal.
Interested in some more wine facts including one type of wine made by a Star Wars actor? Read on! As put together in a Cracked.com article, the entire idea of professional wine tasting has been debunked as nonsense.
In an experiment, "wine experts" were given two bottles of the same wine. One was labeled "vin de table," a more generic name, and the other was "grand cru," a highly respected name.
The tasters said that the first bottle was "simple, unbalanced, and weak," while the second was "complex, balanced, and full."
While you probably use plastic bags to carry your food, a fungus by the name Pestalotiopis microspora could probably use it as food!
Discovered in the Ecuadorian rainforest by a group of Yale student researchers led by Scott Strobel, it's the first fungus species that is able to survive exclusively on polyurethane.
That's the material used to make garden hoses, furniture, disposable spoons, etc.
Not only is this a scientific breakthrough, but also an environmental one. While polyurethane is easy to produce, durable, and cheap, we have no way of recycling it.
However, the fungus is able to consume polyurethane in anaerobic conditions. Aka: The conditions found in the bottom of landfills.
This makes them the prime candidates for bioremediation projects.
Finally, there may come a day when you can ask for plastic at the grocery store without feeling that pang of guilt.
Target keeps close tabs on everything it's customers buy.
They tag their customers with guest IDs and store all the detailed information they get from each customer.
They then analyze the information and track it. They've become so accurate at tracking that they've been able to predict with extreme accuracy when women become pregnant.
Target has created a system that allows them to send coupons for expecting mothers.
They have an algorithm that includes 25 very specific products. When a person buys those products, they can predict a pregnancy with decent confidence.
What's even scarier is that they can even guess when the person's going to be due based on what they buy!
What they've found is that they freak out their customers by congratulating them on their pregnancies before the customer has formally set up any registry or anything with Target, or even told their own family!
A father in Minneapolis went to a local Target demanding to speak with a manager. He was livid that his daughter had received coupons and information on maternity clothing and baby items.
It was inappropriate for Target to be sending his daughter, who was still in high school, information like that promoting pregnancy.
Later, the manager called the father to apologize again and was told that the father had spoken to his daughter. She admitted that she was pregnant and due in August, so the father apologized to the manager.
These guys are known as the Amazon river dolphins, and guess what?
They live NOT just in the Amazon, but also in the Orinoco and Araguaia/Tocantins river systems.
They're notable and easily recognizable because theirskin has a pinkish hue. However, there are other cool things about this animal:
There are officially two recognized species of Amazon river dolphins. They're part of the folklore of the people who live around them.
Local folklore speaks of 'encantados,' shapeshifters who look like dolphins by day, but spend their nights seducing people and having illegitimate children with humans.
Deforestation and other human made natural disasters are endangering the pink dolphin, so it's important for everyone to be aware that we're endangering the life of such an awesome creature.
Today, Weinsberg is just another town in Germany. Founded hundreds of years ago, it's today notable for it's wine.
Back in 1000, however, the Weibertreu Castle located there was first built.
In 1140, the castle was attacked by Konrad III during a series of struggles between the Staufers and the Welfs.
On December 21, the Welfs in Weibertreu Castle had to surrender. Though the men had been defeated, the women were allowed to leave with their lives- and whatever they could take on their backs.
Quickly thinking, the women carried the men out, and Konrad III had to keep his word. The women who did this were called "trueue Weiber," or "loyal women." The castle still stands today, and you can see a picture of it on the right.