London studio creates walk-in cloud of breathable booze

Humanity, in its insatiable quest for weirder and weirder methods of intoxication, has now turned to the steam room for inspiration.

An installation called “Alcoholic Architecture,” coming soon to London’s Borough Market, dispenses booze in the form of a “walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail.” It’s the creation of Bompas & Parr , a whimsical food art studio known for its bespoke jellies and fruit-flavored fireworks.

The so-called “alcoholic weather system” is a thick mist, one part spirits to three parts mixer. Guests enter the chamber wearing protective ponchos and take in alcohol through their lungs and eyeballs. Inside, the humidity is so high that you can’t see farther than one meter around. According to a press release, Bompas & Parr worked with respiratory scientists to arrive at the optimal dwell time—50 minutes, or the equivalent of about one liquid drink.

There’s also a conventional drink menu featuring Chartreuse, Trappist beers, Buckfast caffeinated wine, and other monastic libations—a nod to the Gothic cathedral, Southwark, next door. Guests can take these liquid drinks into the cloud with them for a double dose.

Alcoholic Architecture joins a crowded field of ways to get drunk without actually drinking, from jello shots and powdered alcohol to the mythical vodka eyeballing technique. But as non-drinking drinking methods go, we have to admit this one is uniquely immersive.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION: WHY????

50 cent Loses a lawsuit files bankruptcy

 

Curtis James Jackson III, the rapper better known as 50 Cent, filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

Documents filed in Connecticut Bankruptcy Court showed Jackson’s listed assets and debts to be in the range of $10 million to $50 million.

 

Rap artist 50 Cent throws the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Mets game at Citi Field on May 27, 2014. Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

The filing comes days after a jury ruled that Jackson must pay $5 million to a woman suing over a sex tape that was posted without her permission, according to The Associated Press.

Related: 50 Cent Opens Up on a Big Beats Electronics Regret

Jackson’s attorney was not immediately available to comment on the timing of the filing, but the rapper spoke about the decision to E! News on Monday.

“You know when you’re successful and stuff, you become a target,” Jackson said. “I don’t wanna be a bull’s eye. I don’t want anybody to pick me as the guy that they just come to with astronomical claims and go through all that.”

A sale of the rapper’s stake in VitaminWater netted him about $100 million after taxes when Coca-Cola purchased the beverage brand in 2007.

In a more recent venture, Jackson closed a $78 million deal at the end of 2014 with FRIGO Revolution Wear to promote men’s underwear.

But filing for bankruptcy doesn’t necessarily mean the Grammy award-winning rapper is out of money, according to Leon Bayer, a bankruptcy attorney at Bayer Wishman & Leotta.

“Chapter 11 is the drug of choice for celebrity debt problems,” he said. “You don’t have to be broke to file for chapter 11, but it could mean you don’t have good cash flow.”

Whether or not that is the case will be made clearer sometime in the 14 days Jackson has to file his debt payment plan or “schedules,” which could reveal intimate financial details.

“When he files schedules it’s going to show all the details of his debts, assets, even whether or not he paid his gardener on time,” Bayer said.

Jackson told E! News that he was simply “reorganizing” his finances. “I’m taking the precautions that any other good businessperson would take in this situation,” he said.

Intentionally or not, Jackson’s bankruptcy will put a roadblock between the $5 million he was ordered to pay and the woman winning her sex tape case was set to receive.

“It tells them they aren’t going to get a check anytime soon, so why not sit back down at the negotiating table,” he said.

Jackson’s spending and business activity — including any salary drawn for himself — could be subject to the scrutiny and approval of bankruptcy court pending the review of Jackson’s filing.

These guys sure know how to out of these things don’t they?

Mexico offers reward for fugitive drug lord’

Mexico’s most notorious drug lord now has one more nefarious title: serial prison escapee.

Authorities are scrambling to find Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after his stunning escape from a maximum-security prison west of Mexico City.

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel stepped into a shower Saturday night, crawled through a hole and vanished through a mile-long tunnel apparently built just for him.

Mexico’s government is offering a reward of up to 60 million pesos ($3.8 million) for information leading to his capture, the country’s attorney general told reporters Monday, releasing what she said was a recent photograph of the cartel kingpin.

The image shows the Sinaloa cartel chief with a shaved head and face — and without the trademark mustache he sported when authorities nabbed him last year.

Mexican authorities released what they said was a recent photograph of escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as they announced a reward for information leading to his capture.

EXPAND IMAGE

Mexico’s interior minister said Monday that he’d fired the prison’s director, and he vowed the government won’t stop until Guzman is behind bars again. But right now, the cartel kingpin’s whereabouts are anyone’s guess.

How he did it

Guzman, whose nickname means “Shorty,” has pulled off an elaborate escape from a maximum-security prison before. In 2001, he managed to break free while reportedly hiding in a laundry cart. It took authorities 13 years to catch him — sleeping at a Mexican beach resort.

This time, during his escape from Altiplano federal prison in Almoloya de Juárez, officials believe he took a much more sophisticated route: a tunnel complete with lighting, ventilation and even a modified motorcycle on tracks “that was likely used to remove dirt during the excavation and transport the tools for the dig,” Mexican National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

The tunnel began with a 50-by-50-centimeter (20-by-20-inch) opening inside the shower of Guzman’s cell, Rubido said. The tunnel stretched for about a mile and ended inside a half-built house

To pull off the escape, it’s likely the Sinaloa cartel had spent years infiltrating the country’s prison system, a Mexican official told CNN on Monday. Whoever helped in the plot likely had the architectural plans for the prison that pointed them toward the shower area, the official said.


Official: ‘El Chapo’ escape tunnel had motorcycle track 02:49

PLAY VIDEO

As authorities detailed the evidence they’d found pointing to Guzman’s escape through the underground passageway, one drug war expert questioned Monday whether the notorious kingpin even used the tunnel at all.

“If he went out that tunnel, it was with an armed escort, most likely a mix of prison guards and his own people, if the past is prologue,” said Don Winslow, who’s tracked Guzman’s career for 15 years and wrote about a fictional version of the famed kingpin’s 2001 escape in his recent novel “The Cartel.”

“My bet is that he went out the front gate, and the tunnel was a tissue-thin face-saving device for Mexican officials, the motorcycle a dramatic improvement over the laundry cart.”

How did Guzman slip by the prison’s extensive network of security systems?

It’s likely prison workers played a role, Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said Monday as he announced that he’d fired the prison’s director and other prison officials as authorities continue their investigation.

Guzman, he said, was inside a cell with 24-hour hour closed circuit video surveillance and a bracelet that monitored his every move. The video system, he said, had two blind spots that Guzman exploited. And he left the bracelet behind before he crawled into the tunnel and made his getaway.

$3.8 mil. Reward? I bet he paid a lot more than that to get out……..

Retro of the day: Steve Miller

The Joker” is a song by the Steve Miller Band from their 1973 album The Joker. It is one of two Steve Miller Band songs that feature the nonce word “pompatus“. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1974.[1]

More than 16 years later, in September 1990, it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks[2] after being used in “Great Deal”, a Hugh Johnson-directed television advertisement for Levi’s, thus holding the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers. This reissue of “The Joker” also topped the Irish Singles Chart,[3] the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart,[4] the Dutch Nationale Top 100[5] and the Dutch Top 40

 

The first line of the lyrics is a reference to the song “Space Cowboy” from Miller’sBrave New World album. Following lines refer to two other songs: “Gangster of Love” from Sailor and “Enter Maurice” from Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden.

Certifications

Country

Certification

Date

Sales certified

U.S.[9]

Gold

January 11, 1974

500,000

Sweden[10]

Gold

February 6, 1991

10,000

Charts