Friday, July 22, 2011

Wine shipment worth $1 million dropped, 5 U.S. theme parks under $50, and a fake Apple store even fools staff!

Good Morning Humboldt County!

Glad you could join me this morning for a virtual cup of coffee or tea. It’s finally Friday, and a lot of people may wonder where they can find the best deal on an amusement park this weekend. I’ve got them for you here today.

Whatever you do today, do it with gusto. Life is too short not to! 

Oops! $1 million of wine lost after forklift drops it

More than $1 million of high-quality Australian wine destined for the United States was lost when a forklift dropped the consignment, according to a report Friday.Some 462 cases of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz — worth 185 Australian dollars per bottle (nearly $200) — was lost when they were dropped about 20 feet while being loaded for export in the southern city of Adelaide, the Herald Sun newspaper reported.

"We just couldn't believe it. This wine is our pride and joy, so to see it accidentally destroyed, and not consumed, has left us all a bit numb," winemaker Sparky Marquis told the paper. He added that the lost wine represented a third of his yearly production, and the paper said he was "working with" insurance companies in an attempt to cover the cost. graphic source

Here’s 5 U.S. theme parks under $50

With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $85 for a single–park one day ticket — Universal Studios is just as bad — now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five theme parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.

                            The WindSeeker at Cedar Point spins riders nearly 30 stories above the Lake Erie shoreline.

To match Reuters Life! CHINA-APPLE/FAKE


Fake Apple Store even fools staff

Chinese counterfeiters have had a field-day pumping out knockoffs of Apple Inc's best-selling iPhones and iPads but one appears to have gone a step further -- a near flawless fake Apple Store that even employees believe is the real deal.

The store in Kunming was stumbled upon by a 27-year-old American blogger living in the city, the capital of China's mountainous southwestern Yunnan province.

Complete with the white Apple logo, wooden tables and cheery staff claiming they work for the iPhone maker, the store looks every bit like Apple Stores found all over the world, according to the blogger, who goes by the name "BirdAbroad."

"This was a total Apple store rip-off. A beautiful rip-off - a brilliant one - the best rip-off store we had ever seen," the anonymous blogger posted Wednesday. "Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple."

Time to walk on down the road…

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