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Slovenia Is Building A Public Beer Fountain. In Unrelated News, Slovenia Is Now On My Travel List For 2016

BEER Looking to lure tourists, a Slovenia town is creating an attraction that will be every drinker’s dream – a public beer fountain.

The project in Zalec, which is known for its hop plantations, is expected to cost $400,000 and is being billed the first of its kind in Europe.

Thirsty visitors will try a variety of Slovenian beers on offer, and pay six euros (about $7) for three 10.5 fl oz glasses served in a commemorative mug, Slovenia’s Dnevnik news website reports.

Zalec is located about 35 miles north-east of the capital of Ljubljana, with a population of about 5,000.

The ideas for the beer fountain came from the Slovenian town of Rogaska Slatina that has a fountain that spurts free mineral water for hotel guests.

Slow Clap (Citizen Kane)

 

Slovenia deserves a Citizen Kane slow clap for this idea. One of the only things I like better than traveling is drinking beer, and now that Slovenia has combined these two into a wonderful public beer fountain, I may just die happy. I also love that whoever came up with this idea saw the mineral fountain in Rogaska and immediately knew how it could be improved. Beer improves even the bleakest of situations, and $7 for three beers AND a commemorative mug is basically stealing. Austria, Croatia and Slovenia just became the front runner for 2017. I hope they stock up on beer.

-Ryan

Alec Baldwin is the Latest Celebrity to Claim He’s Leaving the “Public Life”; Does Anyone Care?

SourceAlec Baldwin says he’s quitting public life and possibly leaving New York City in a new 5,000-plus word essay in New York magazine — as told to writer Joe Hagan.

“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” Baldwin explained in the piece titled “Good-bye, Public Life.” “This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Now tell us how you really feel, Baldwin. And he does. The former “30 Rock” star touches upon — well pretty much everything — from his one-time MSNBC show, his many paparazzi run-ins and even his feud with Shia LaBeouf during the Broadway production of “Orphans.” Though he says he’s felt sorry for LaBeouf after his latest shenanigans, citing the “I Am Not Famous Anymore” bag.

To view Baldwin’s essay in it’s entirety, click here.

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I don’t know what its like to be a celebrity. I don’t know what its like to have a camera shoved in my face everywhere I go. I don’t know what its like to have mine or my family’s privacy violated. There is a price for fame, and apparently the lengths the current generation of media are willing to go to in order to gain some inside knowledge is too much for some celebrities to handle. First there was Shia LaBeouf, who seems to have lost his mind and replaced it with a paper bag. Now it’s Alec Baldwin’s turn to shun the spotlight, the very spotlight that gave him his cushy New York home and the ability to move his new wife and child wherever he pleases. You’ll have to excuse me if I’m not dripping with sympathy, but there are far more people in far worse situations than Alec Baldwin. Unfortunately, we (myself included) are permanently fixated on celebrities in our culture. For the most part, celebrities are also fixated on the attention we give them. After all, what’s a movie star without their adoring fans paying to see his/her movie? What’s a rock star without their adoring fans paying to see his/her show? Now we’ve reached a point where celebrities want us to give them enough attention to be famous, but not so much where it effects their private lives. That’s a mighthy thin line, and we really have no way of walking across it without falling into chaos. So if celebrities really want to leave public life, then they should. Don’t put on an art exhibit. Don’t write a 5000 word essay for a major magazine publication. Just leave. I’m sure we’ll find someone new to fixate on.

– Ryan

Public Masturbation Is Now Legal In Sweden

Public masturbators in Sweden now may be able to get off without charges.

A recent court ruling in Sweden’s Södertörn District Court suggests that masturbating on the beach in Sweden is “OK,” according to public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar.

Vrethammar was prosecuting a 65-year-old who was charged with sexual assault after getting literally caught with his pants down in June, giving himself a sandy handy on a the Drevviken beach in Stockholm, according to The Local’s translation of the Swedish newspaper Mitti.

A ruling which acquitted the man of the sex assault charges this week found that although the he was publicly masturbating, he was not directing his actions at anyone in particular, according to the Local. This was enough to clear him of the sexual assault charge, though it’s unclear if the action is still in violation of other statutes in Sweden.

“With that [ruling],” prosecutor Vrethammar told the Mitti, “we can conclude that it is OK to masturbate on the beach… [although] the act may be considered to be disorderly conduct.”

Dr. Liz Davies of London Metropolitan University has researched Sweden’s child protection system, and told the Daily Mail the court decision surprised her.

“Sweden has a really robust child protection system and very rigorous investigation around sexual abuse,” she said. “So this judgement is surprising given that such an act could be witnessed by children as well as adults.”

Because why not, right? The fact that this trial lasted more than 10 seconds shows you how fucked up Sweden is. You can’t claim to have rigorous child protection laws AND let people jerk off in public. You know what kind of people jerk in off in public? Sex offenders. I’d hate to be in Sweden this weekend. Public masturbation is going to be off the charts.

– Ryan

P.S. At least Devin Brugman still exists. Have a great weekend.

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