1. Your weekly streaming recommendation: Drunk History

    Amazon recently added a number of HBO TV shows to its Instant Streaming service, giving subscribers who haven’t seen The Sopranos or The Wire a chance to see what they’ve been missing out on. But what about the TV shows that were already exclusive to Amazon Prime? All month, we’ll be counting down some of Amazon Prime’s non-HBO exclusives. This week: Drunk History.

    Drunk History's concept is so simple and so endearing that it's amazing that it took so long for someone to invent it. After consuming large quantities of the tipple of their choice, the narrator attempts to coherently recount the story of a major historical event. The audio is then recreated by a wide range of talented comedic actors — including Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzmann, and dozens of others — who don costumes and act the entire story out, word-for-word, down to every boozy digression. 

    Though the actors remain completely straight-faced in their recreations, the goal is less “let’s learn something about history” than “let’s have a wacky time telling stories” — so any facts you end up “learning” should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

    Drunk History began life as a web series on Funny or Die, where entries were usually around five minutes long — but the concepts works perfectly in the 30-minute chunks of a Comedy Central series. Each episode features three drunken narrators who work under a consistent theme. One episode might tackle notable events in Atlanta’s history, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s meeting with J. Edgar Hoover or the invention of Coca-Cola; another might focus on highlights from the peak of the Wild West era, including the exploits of Billy the Kid or the legendary battle at the Alamo.

    By the time you’ve seen a few segments, the fun of Drunk History is so infectious that you’ll probably want to join in — so grab a couple bottles of wine, invite some of your funniest friends over, and use the series as an entry point to your own evening of boozy storytelling.

     

  2. Which one of these drinks is more processed? 

    The Coca-Cola Company spent $114 million in recent years expanding its juice bottling plant in Auburndale, Fla., and developing a high-tech process for homogenizing juice, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The operation includes use of satellite imagery, a 1.2-mile juice pipeline, and a complex “Black Book” algorithm which helps juice-makers manage weather patterns, predict crop yields, and measure acidity and sweetness of the crop — all to achieve absolute consistency from batch to batch.

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  3. In an attempt to reassure consumers that drinking sugary, carbonated beverages is a-okay, Coca-Cola has released two new commercials highlighting the ways the company is helping to reduce obesity. ”Across our portfolio of over 650 beverages, we now offer over 180 low- and no-calorie choices,” says the narrator of one commercial, titled “Come Together.” The ad goes on to say that calories from soda are no different than any other calories we put into our bodies every day, and suggests that it’s the consumer’s responsibility to burn off what he or she takes in.

    A second commercial says a can of Coke contains 140 “happy” calories that can be spent doing “happy” things, like walking your dog and laughing out loud.

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  4. "Hug Me" Coke machine dispenses free Coke when you hug it.

    The world’s most unusual vending machines: A slideshow