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This Alcoholic Root Beer Might Be Your New Favorite Summer Drink

not your fathers root beer
Small Town Brewery

Classic root beer taste, with a bit of a buzz

While Homer Simpson and the citizens of Springfield (and soon, Simpsons fans far outside the fictional town) may prefer to drink Duff Beer, there’s a new kind of beer sweeping the rest of the nation: boozy root beer.

The drink is exactly what it sounds like—classic root beer flavor with an alcoholic twist. While a DIY version of the concoction can be found in bars across the country, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, from Small Town Brewery in Wauconda, Ill. is leading the charge on the retail front. According to Bloomberg, their success is due in part to their purchase by a group of investors that included the Chief Executive Officer of Pabst Brewery and a subsequent distribution deal, but also to their magic formula of creating a new product with a familiar taste. They are clearly on to something, too, because the still hard-to-find product has a FaceBook fan page and Twitter is filled with people looking for places to purchase, boasting about drinking it and offering sampling parties.

The root beer features a familiar blend of sassafras bark, vanilla, anise, wintergreen, and handfuls of additional spices that give it the nostalgic flavor, but with enough alcohol (5.9%) to give you a good buzz.

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The Bachelorette Recap: All About Bromance, Bullying and Bachelor in Paradise

The Bachelorette used the opportunity to take a strong stance against cyberbullying.

Tonight on The Bachelorette, the men told all, but really said nothing. These peeks behind the gilded curtains of the show are an interesting look at the behind-the-scenes drama complete with feuds, grudges, and chips for dips’ shoulders. It’s a riotous two hours of half-remembered faces shouting about unmemorable tiffs that mostly exist just to kill time until the finale. But in age-old Bachelorette tradition, it ain’t over until there’s a lot of shouting.

Here’s what happened when the men told all on The Bachelorette:

Bachelor in Paradise Is Coming: Gird your loins, because an all new season of Bachelor in Paradise starts soon, and the only things you need to know are that the promo features Claire and her raccoon friend and Ashley I. saying: “Jared’s definitely hot enough to be my first.” The entire concept is so devious, according to one savvy tweeter, only Donald Trump could have come up with it:

Ian Begs Princeton for Forgiveness: After presumably getting bumped from the cover of Princeton’s alumni magazine, Ian showed up to beg for forgiveness from his Bachelorette brethren, America and the Princeton alumni association. While Ian took to bended knee to apologize for his rude behavior, the men couldn’t help but pillory him with Tanner—who was apparently on the show long enough to get sick of hearing Ian prattle about Princeton — going so far as to suggest that Princeton teach a class on “how not to be an a–hole.” The only person to come to Ian’s defense was investment banker Corey, who claims to agree with the spirit of Ian’s speech to Kaitlyn, if not the delivery, which leads Ben H. to spring into action and ask Corey, “How many weeks were you there?” Exactly. After Ian apologized for his un–Ivy League behavior, a few men from lesser colleges came to hug him, probably in an attempt to rub him for luck getting into Ivy League graduate programs.

The Great Clint and J.J. Bromance: Clint, the engineer who looks like a C-list Thor, started his reputation-redemption tour by assuring the audience that he is “a straight man.” The producers couldn’t help but cut to J.J. for a reaction shot, but there really wasn’t one. When not being an egotistical monster with fake Hemsworth hair, Clint can make some good points, like when he scolded Josh (the welder who let Kaitlyn cut exactly half of his hair) for valuing his own opinions about who Kaitlyn should date over her own and, more charmingly, Clint called the limo that ousted contestants take on the long ride to the airport “the depression mobile.” And then there was the whole J.J.-Clint bromance, which was so clearly patched together by bored producers and aided and abetted by the two chuckleheads at the center of the action. J.J. swore there was “a lot of meat to that relationship,” which may or may not be euphemism. They were just two guys who were intellectually curious about each other, O.K.?

Kupah Kares: Kupah has a lot of lingering feelings about the fact that Kaitlyn invited Nick onto the show – even though it happened weeks after Kupah was sent home.

Ben Z. in the Hot Seat: While The Bachelorette has a lot of fun and games and roses, turns out that Ben didn’t really think it was fun or a game to have to give a eulogy to Kaitlyn so soon after his own mother’s death. That said, he still hasn’t cried over his mother or the fake death of his fake girlfriend.

Jared in the Hot Seat: Chris Harrison doesn’t think Jared is over Kaitlyn, but when he asks, Jared plays it cool saying, “I am moving on. I am excited to see her and it will be hard to see her.” The best way to move on from a reality-TV girlfriend? Another reality-TV girlfriend this time on Bachelor in Paradise.

Ben H. in the Hot Seat: Poor Ben H. Turns out that if he had skipped just one shower he could have been a contender. Apparently ,when they were in San Antonio, a.k.a. the Romance Capital of Western Bexar County, Ben and Shawn were roomies and Kaitlyn came to pay them a visit. When Ben H. opted for personal hygiene instead of interpersonal hijinx, Kaitlyn told Shawn he was “the one” and Ben H. never had a chance. Hope it was a good shower, at least!

Kaitlyn in the Hot Seat: The men have a few questions for their collective ex-girlfriend. Jonathan wants to know why Kaitlyn decided to bring Nick onto the show, and she shuts him down — very sweetly — by reminding him that he voted for Britt. Ben H. wants to know why she told Shawn about sleeping with Nick, but not him. She apologized, but basically she just was more into Shawn and wanted him to know the truth. Jared wants to know if their much-discussed “road trip” was a euphemism for anything, and she winked at him and said no. More or less, anyway. Kaitlyn cut off any more debate by saying: “You guys, try and date this many people at one time and don’t make a mistake and have it all televised. I dare you. It’s hard.”

Just Say No to Cyber-Slut-Shaming: Kaitlyn is the first Bachelorette in Bachelorette history to be very overt in her sexuality, and because of that she has been getting death threats. Seriously. Death threats for admitting to having sex with a guy she was dating. Chris Harrison decides to use the illustrious forum of The Men Tell All to make a serious point about cyberbullying. He reads aloud some of the more disturbing tweets Kaitlyn has received — and they are some doozies (primarily sent by people who don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re.” Kaitlyn looked suitably horrified at the NSFW comments sent to her and the audience is stunned into complete silence, until a girl in the crowd yells, “We still love you!” and the audience and her former suitors give her a standing ovation. Then Chris Harrison kindly tells her: “I will take you as a role model for my kids over anybody who would be a cyberbully and spew that kind of hate.”

Worst Thing About the Show: Not enough Tony the Healer. How’s he doing? Has he found peace? Where are his plants?

Best Blooper: If you can’t make it to the theater to see Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, just watch this clip on a loop until the movie comes out on Netflix.

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Watch What Happens When Cats and Dogs Interrupt Yoga Routines

Downward dog gets literal

As yoga becomes more and more popular, enthusiasts have made sure to extend their practice from the yoga studio to the studio apartment. But at-home yoga practice means an audience, especially of the feline and canine varieties.

The compilation above shows many a yoga routine getting interrupted. And it really never gets old watching a dog rush to the aid of his owner trapped in a headstand or for a a pet to think pigeon pose is an invitation for kisses. There’s also the cat that thinks the tree position is something to climb on. Namaste.

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Miss Piggy Covers Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and It Is So Right

Bad Girl Piggy meets Bad Girl RiRi

Mash-ups featuring The Muppets doing hip-hop classics is nothing new. There was Rowlf doing Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend”, the Beastie Boys cover and Gonzo singing “The Humpty Dance,” but none have felt quite as perfect as the latest iteration featuring Miss Piggy singing Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.” (Only Dr. Teeth getting in touch with his inner ODB for “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” came close to this phenomenon before.)

Vulture has teamed up with Mylo the Cat, the mastermind behind the playful mashups, and in the latest video, avowed feminist Miss Piggy seems to lip sync to Rihanna’s brash, bad-girl anthem. If there was any doubt that Miss Piggy would ever stand for not getting her due, this video does away with that notion in fine style. Miss Piggy and her Moi First attitude is always gonna get paid.


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Watch John Oliver Take a Bite Out of Food Waste

Oliver also took a moment to slam Donald Trump and discuss Iran

John Oliver turned his attention from politics to the plate on Last Week Tonight on Sunday to discuss food — specifically, food waste. “Food waste is like the band Rascal Flatts: it can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage,” said Oliver.

According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans waste about 40% of food that’s produced every year, which is enough grub to fill 730 football stadiums — and we all know how Oliver feels about stadiums. That fact alone is alarming, but it’s especially so when taken in consideration with the fact that in 2013, close to 50 million people in the U.S. experienced food insecurity and worried about being able to put food on the table.

Oliver also noted that food waste is appalling due to the amount of resources put into creating that food, which are also wasted when the food is chucked. “At a time when the landscape of California is shriveling up like a pumpkin in front of a house with a lazy dad, it seems especially unwise that farmers are pumping water into food that ends up being used as a garnish for landfills,” said Oliver, noting that landfills can lead to methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Or in Oliver’s words: “When we dump food into a landfill, we’re essentially throwing a trash blanket over a flatulent food man and Dutch-ovening the entire planet.”

Oliver ended with a call to arms: “We all have to address our relationship with food waste.”

Oliver also discussed the new deal between the U.S. and Iran, which can be summed up perfectly in this tweet:

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Breaking Bad Costume Auction Means You Can Finally Dress Like Heisenberg

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad _Season 5 - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Frank Ockenfels—AMC

Channel your inner drug-lord in Walter White's wardrobe

Have you always wanted to get in touch with your inner Walter White? Now you be the most pure fan as possible since clothes from the set of Breaking Bad are up for sale at an online auction.

You can wear the exact chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-dealer chic outfit that Bryan Cranston wore in the “Ozymandius” episode, from the green flannel button-up shirt down to his khaki pants. Or maybe you prefer Jesse Pinkman’s look with “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal” shirt and zippered jacket designed for Aaron Paul to wear. Perhaps you want to go industrial glamour with Walter White’s super lab chemical suit, which would surely make a statement at your next business meeting.

Whatever your fashion sense, there is sure to be something out of the 77 authentic Breaking Bad items up for sale that will suit your needs.

The auction runs from July 16th to July 23rd on the Prop Store website, but the tighty whitey underwear is, sadly, nowhere in sight.


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Ian McKellen Reciting Taylor Swift Lyrics Is Mandatory Viewing

Sir Ian Mckellen during a Q&A for the film 'Mr Holmes' at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 8, 2015.
Gisela Schober—Getty Images Sir Ian Mckellen during a Q&A for the film 'Mr Holmes' at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 8, 2015.

From "Bad Blood" to Bruno Mars

Whether it’s chocolate and peanut butter or pizza and pigs in a blanket, there’s nothing like when your two favorite things come together to create something somehow larger than its constituent parts. Add to the list Sir Ian McKellen reciting the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

The folks at Yahoo have made our dream come true—a dream we didn’t even know that we had—with this video of the esteemed actor and British knight pouring his incomparable talent to imbue Swift’s lyrics with a dark passion, declaring that his “mad love” is now “bad blood.” Chilling, indeed. He topped off that Oscar worthy performance by reciting the lyrics to Marc Ronson’s and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” and makes it clear that he is going to” uptown funk you up. ”

For those of who spend our lives on the internet there may be no greater moment.

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Watch Rod Stewart Do Car Karaoke with a Little Help From A$AP Rocky on the Late Late Show

Host James Corden knows the words to Rod Stewart's songs better than Rod Stewart

James Corden has made Car Karaoke a staple of his Late Late Show and it’s just getting better. The latest installment features the host driving around Los Angeles singing along to “Maggie Mae,” “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “The First Cut is the Deepest” — something everyone has done, but Corden got to do it with a little help from Rod Stewart himself.

The music legend sat in the passenger seat and sang along to his most famous tunes (although Corden was arguably more animated in the execution) and talked about rock n roll’s glory days with all “the shaggin’ and the drinkin” and hotel rooms that his band The Faces would destroy after checking in as Fleetwood Mac (!!). Stewart even let Corden, seemingly a true fan, run his hands through his famous hairdo.

One of the highlights of the ten-minute clip came when Stewart’s most recent musical venture plays and A$AP Rocky magically appears in the backseat to rap his verses on “Everyday,” which features Stewart as a guest vocalist.


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Watch Boy George and Jack Black Cover The Doors on Conan

Hello we love you, Boy George and Jack Black

When Culture Club frontman Boy George stopped by Conan last night, Conan O’Brien dutifully asked him about his musical influences. Boy George explained that he had never gotten past his love of ’70s musical acts like the Rolling Stones and The Doors. At the mention of The Doors, Jack Black, who was on the show to promote his HBO series The Brink, couldn’t help but pipe up that the band’s singer, Jim Morrison, had the best “Yo!” in the history of rock. With two Doors-loving musicians on his hands, O’Brien suggested they perform together.

While the Conan house band claimed to not know any of the band’s hits, The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger just so happened to be on hand to sit in with the band on a rendition of “Hello, I Love You” with Black and Boy George trading off vocals. It was a fun fake-spontaneous performance between two stars with a surprising amount of chemistry. The only unfortunate part of their performance is that you may end up with The Doors stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Fantasy Suites and Family Friction

Overnight dates help Kaitlyn find two final suitors

Welcome back to The Bachelorette, where Kaitlyn’s path to love is taking her on a tour of the Irish countryside and straight to the Fantasy Suites with her three remaining suitors — Shawn, Ben H., and repeat offender Nick. Last week she had an overnight escapade (well, another one) with Nick, and it helped her figure out her feelings. Now Kaitlyn just has to sort out her feelings for Ben and Shawn — in the Fantasy Suites, of course.

Here’s what happened on The Bachelorette:

The Drama: Shawn has decided that it’s time to talk to Nick and accuse him of not being there for the right reasons, but to his face for once and not just behind his back. Then Shawn brings up last season’s drama with Andi, but Nick is having none of that. They talk loudly at each other in a vaguely civil manner and then suddenly Shawn leaves. The end. Good talk. Later, Kaitlyn interviews that Nick and Shawn hate each other so much that it’s actually affecting her feelings for both of them.

The Overnight With Ben: Kaitlyn goes to meet Ben H. in Galway, probably just to get far, far away from Nick and Shawn. It’s the first overnight date, and they are both excited to get to know each other off camera, as the kids are calling it these days. “You are getting on this large animal that you might not have control of,” says Kaitlyn — oh wait, she was talking about a horse, not the impending night in the Fantasy Suite. She and Ben wear matching woolen sweaters, ride horses, feed some obstreperous donkeys, and make out everywhere. Kaitlyn says Ben is a “calming presence” who always makes her feel better. He wants to start a life together, and she mutters something about forever. So she’ll probably cut him. As they prepare to feast in a castle, Ben admits that he turned 26 on the show, and since Kaitlyn is almost 30 he’s worried that the age difference will come between them. She swears that his age doesn’t bother her. Then they head to the Fantasy Suite to prove it. When the cameras join them in the morning, Kaitlyn smirks that they got maybe half an hour of sleep and claims she’s falling for Ben. She’s definitely dumping him.

The Overnight With Shawn: Kaitlyn has sufficiently recovered from her date with Ben for her date with Shawn. They are going golfing, and Kaitlyn has a good enough swing that Shawn ticks it off “the checklist of wife material.” She beats him soundly at the game, and for her prize she orders him to strip down. He does, revealing that he wore Spanx underneath his golf pants. Then Kaitlyn steals his clothes, and Shawn chases her across the golf course in nothing but a black box. Presumably this is how every game in the Masters tournament ends. Kaitlyn admits that she and Shawn have had the most ups and downs of any of her relationships, but instead of seeing it as a giant red flag, she seems to thrive on it. So during dinner she grills him about Nick until smoke comes out of his ears like a character in a Merry Melody cartoon. Then she presents him with the Fantasy Suite card. They don’t even fake debate it, but head straight to the room. Kaitlyn claims that when she wakes up in the morning she’s going to know a lot more about whether Shawn could be her husband.

More Drama: Nick comes to talk to Shawn man to man. Shawn makes sure to mention that he just spent a whole night with Kaitlyn and suggests that they compare black boxes. Then he talks over Nick for a few minutes and then kicks him out. Shawn is so enraged by their encounter that he marches into the no-camera zone of the bathroom. Nick is unimpressed.

The Rose Ceremony: Chris Harrison emerges from the golf course? (Sauna? Wine cellar? Book tour?) to help Kaitlyn parse her relationships. She admits that she really likes Shawn and loves her time with Nick, but the drama between them is affecting her. Then there is Ben, who is “such a sweetheart.” That’s pretty much the death knell, right? She tells Chris, “I don’t want to blindside anybody, but I’m going to.” When she goes to face her suitors she realizes it is the harshest round of F/M/K anyone could play, and she loses it and runs to the hallway to cry. She finally returns and hands Nick the first rose. The final rose goes to Shawn. Ben looks sad, so Kaitlyn walks him out and whispers to him that he’ll probably be the next Bachelor. He looks torn up as he leaves. It’s just too bad that he can’t meet a nice lady out of say a pack of 25 eligible women … oh wait. Back inside, Shawn and Nick stand awkwardly next to each other, refusing to acknowledge that the other exists. The cameras just roll and roll while they avoid making eye contact with each other. Truly compelling television.

Meet the Family: Nick Edition: For some reason Nick’s entire extended family is crammed into the conference room of an anonymous hotel in Utah. Do they live there? Before they go to meet the family in this fake hometown date, Nick tells Kaitlyn he loves her, like, for real. They make out outside the hotel for a while and then go to the fifth-floor conference room for their appointment. Kaitlyn meets Nick’s brothers, and after she passes their apathetic test well enough, Bella, Nick’s adorable little sister, straight-up asks Kaitlyn, “Do you love my brother?” Kaitlyn hedges and Bella shrugs, cause she’s been through this rigamarole before with Andi. Then Nick’s mom pours herself a big glass of wine and goes to grill the second girl Nick has brought home from the TV. After pretending to care about meeting Kaitlyn for long enough, Nick’s mom goes to talk to her son. He assures her that Kaitlyn is “really good at making out,” which is the No. 1 item on his wife checklist. His mother bravely doesn’t make a gagging noise.

Meet the Family: Shawn Edition: Shawn’s mom “couldn’t make it” to the fake-hometown dates, probably because she doesn’t know that Kaitlyn is really good at making out. Or she just didn’t want to fly to Utah or wherever they are this time. Instead Shawn’s sisters came to grill Kaitlyn about her feelings. Kaitlyn tells them that Shawn caught her eye on the very first date and has never let him go, but she wants to know if Shawn is actually ready for marriage. The sisters assure her he is, and they all giggle and braid each others’ hair. Shawn’s dad however is having none of it. He is not here to make friends. He pulls Shawn aside and reminds him that this is all nuts. Eventually Shawn gets him on board, though. After his family gives her the seal of approval, Shawn tells Kaitlyn that he is in love with her.

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