Level Up With the Loaded Whiskey Burger

Level Up With the Loaded Whiskey Burger

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Form burgers into quarter-pound patties.

Press a depression into the burger with your thumbs.

Brush onion slices with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place onion slices on grill for 10 minutes.

Add patties to the grill.

Douse burgers with whiskey, aiming to get some to land in the thumbprint.

For medium burgers, cook for 3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add cheese with 1 minute to go.

Lightly toast bun on grill.

Smear special sauce on bun.

Drizzle chili oil on bun.

Plate up the burger, make sure to chew.


Plummeting 23-Ton Rocket Will Crash Somewhere on Earth Tomorrow

Plummeting 23-Ton Rocket Will Crash Somewhere on Earth Tomorrow

Currently there’s a 23-ton, 100-foot-long Chinese rocket in a decaying orbit over the Earth going 17,300 miles per hour. Experts believe it will be falling to Earth this weekend. The truly terrifying part is that these same experts don’t know when it’s going to crash or where.

“It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard’s Astrophysics Center told The Guardian.

Last month, the rocket, a China National Space Administration (CNSA) Long March-5b core stage, launched the first module of China’s new space station into low Earth orbit. Since then, the rocket has been falling back to Earth.

The chances the rocket will hit anything are small. After all, 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. In fact, Chinese officials downplayed the idea it would hit anything at all, saying it would likely fall into international waters. Having said that, the last time CSNA used this same kind of rocket, falling debris supposedly hit the Ivory Coast village of Mahounou.

To be sure, this isn’t the first time things sent up to space came back down in an uncontrolled manner. In 1977, pieces of the U.S.S.R.’s nuclear-powered Cosmos 954 fell across northwestern Canada, spilling radioactive debris. Then in 1979, pieces of Skylab, the first U.S. space station, came down across Western Australia. In May, part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 landed on a farm in Washington state. To date, there have been no deaths or serious injuries due to falling space debris.

The Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit space research and development organization that’s tracking the rocket, now predicts it will land in the ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. However, it should be noted that in the last week they’ve also guessed it was going to land just off the western coast of Australia or on Sudan.

U.S. Space Command, which is also tracking the rocket, says they won’t be able to pinpoint a location until a few hours before reentry. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said there were no plans to shoot down the satellite.

“We’re hopeful that it will land in a place where it won’t harm anyone. Hopefully in the ocean, or someplace like that,” Austin told reporters.

With this in mind, when you’re making plans this weekend, you might want to add “Find a good satellite tracker” to your to-do list.

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New ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Trailer Teases a Bigger, Scarier Sequel

New ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Trailer Teases a Bigger, Scarier Sequel

After a long delay due to COVID-19, A Quiet Place Part II—the sequel to the 2018 original starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt—is finally about to make its debut in theaters. Judging from the latest trailer and Q&A video released today, it’s going to be a high-intensity nail-biter. That crazy bus stunt we glimpsed last year was just the beginning.


The new film takes place a few years after the events of the original and includes some familiar faces: Emily Blunt returns as Evelyn Abbott, and Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprise their roles as her two children. While the first film focused solely on the Abbott family, the sequel takes a much broader view, and the trailer hints at a dangerous journey the family must take and new characters they meet along the way, including one played by Cillian Murphy.

John Krasinski, whose character (Evelyn Abbott’s husband Lee) dies at the end of the first film, still has a role to play in Part II—he’s directing.

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In an accompanying featurette video (see above), Krasinski and Blunt offer a few more clues about what’s in store with the sequel. First of all, it’s clear that it’s full of edge-of-your seat suspense, and that was a big reason for the delay in releasing it. As Krasinski puts it, the film deserved nothing less than the big screen.

“It was always designed for a theatrical experience,” he says.

While A Quiet Place had a tiny cast and focused on just one place, Part II goes way beyond the Abbott family farm.

“It’s such an inspired sequel,” says Blunt. “The world expands in this one.”

And if you loved the first film’s jumps, scares, and excruciating suspense, you’re in for a treat with the newest installment. According to Krasinski, Part II doubles down on the tension—which should make it even more fun to see in a theater full of people.

“It’s a much scarier movie,” he says.

A Quiet Place Part II hits theaters on May 28.

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The Oldest Known Whiskey Could Fetch $40,000 at Auction Next Month

The Oldest Known Whiskey Could Fetch $40,000 at Auction Next Month

Next month will see an incredible auction take place of a bourbon potentially as old as the United States itself—and the oldest known whiskey in existence. Starting June 22, auction facilitator Skinner Inc. will begin accepting bids on a bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey that could fetch tens of thousands of dollars.


The whiskey, which was bottled in LaGrange, Georgia, sometime between 1762 and 1802 is possibly from the American Revolution, or the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s. It’s unlike anything that’s circulated since the beginning of the bourbon boom.

Oh, and fun fact: Technically, this would never legally be called bourbon—it was made as much as 200 years before the 1964 congressional Bourbon resolution.

You’re probably wondering how they know how old it is. Well, they have two claims. First, here’s the oral history of this rare bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey, according to the owners: The “bourbon” began its known journey through time when first purchased by financier John Pierpoint Morgan “where it was bottled by Evans & Ragland, grocers and merchants, in La Grange.” This happened sometime after the Civil War, according to specialist Joseph Hyman of Skinner Fine Spirits.

The whiskey then passed to his son, who gifted the bottle to James Byrnes of South Carolina (and also sent one bottle to Morgan’s distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt and another to Harry S. Truman for Christmas, between 1942 and 1944.

Byrnes, who’d been a congressman, senator, and Supreme Court justice before WWII, had become director of war mobilization under Roosevelt, and was appointed secretary of state under Truman. Byrnes then returned to South Carolina, where he was governor.

During that time, he gifted the bottle to a man named Francis Drake, whose family safeguarded the bottle for three generations (apparently, it’s a scotch household).There’s a bit of uncertainty around what the whiskey did for the first decades of its life after distillation in the 1760s.

How did they validate all of this? Well, whiskey authentication is a complicated business, and short of hundreds of years of tedious recordkeeping, there’s really no paper trail for something like this.

So Hyman turned to chemistry. Carbon 14 dating, which is an effective method for determining the estimated age of carbon-based materials (which whiskey is, in part), was employed by the University of Georgia. They indicated the whiskey was likely bottled around 250 years ago.

It was subsequently evaluated and determined to be accurate within an 81.1 percent probability by the University of Glasgow.

The incredible pedigree and history of this bottle are likely to fetch bids between $20,000 and $40,000, according to Skinner, though given current bourbon prices already being a tenth of that before after-market value is added, that would seem like a steal. The real outcome could very easily hit six figures if the right people are in the (virtual) room.

If you want to participate (or just watch the numbers go whizzing up), the auction begins June 22 and runs through June 30. Learn more here.

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This Wine Took a Trip to Space and Is Expected to Sell for $1 Million

This Wine Took a Trip to Space and Is Expected to Sell for $1 Million

After more than a year on the International Space Station, a case of very pricey French merlot made its safe return to Earth in January. And now, thanks to Christie’s auction house, one bottle of that space wine is for sale. If you’re planning on putting in a bid for the wine, expect it to fetch more than $1 million.

To be certain, the wine sent into orbit had value before leaving our planet. Château Pétrus Pomerol 2000 goes for a little more than $8,000 a bottle, according to wine-searcher.com.

While it may seem that sending wine into orbit was just to add value, it was done in the name of science. At least, that’s what Nicolas Gaume says. He’s the CEO of Space Cargo Limited, the start-up company that paid to put the wine into space.

Recently, there was a taste test at the University of Bordeaux’s Institute of Vine and Wine Science that compared some of the returned bottles with the same vintage that had stayed grounded.

“They were both beautiful,” says Jane Anson, a wine writer specializing in Bordeaux wines told EuroNews. “The one that had remained on Earth was a little younger than the one that had been to space.”

It’s not a total surprise that one had some tread on its tires. The bottles traveled more than 185 million miles during 438 days in space, according to Space Cargo Unlimited.

Before you say that $1 million dollars for a single bottle of wine is out of bounds, know you also get a bottle of the same vintage that didn’t go to space, a decanter, glasses, and a corkscrew made from a meteorite.

Take heart if you’re not the top bidder at the auction. You still may get to sample wine influenced by spaceflight in the future. Along with the bottles, the company also set 320 cabernet sauvignon and merlot canes, or vines, into space. On their return, these canes actually grew faster than earthbound vines. The idea was that vines better able to resist the stress of zero gravity would be better equipped to handle the challenges of climate change, according to Gaume. Money from the sale of the space wine will go to fund future research by Space Cargo Unlimited.

If you happen to be the winner of the auction, you might not want to open that bottle anytime soon. Wine experts say it might hit its ideal maturity around 2050.

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10-Minute Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

10-Minute Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease a 1-inch baking tray

Mix coconut oil, peanut butter, sugar, and eggs in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the pecans), then mix

Press evenly into the pan. Layer pecans on top

Bake for 30 minutes

Once cool, slice into bars