’Tis the season for Perks: 1) Sharp bicycles in limited-edition colors from California. 2) The sleek phone cases you need to conquer battery-life anxiety. 3) 25% off chocolates spiked with eggnog, scotch and rum. (Hey, anything to help you endure the holiday season.)
Things to do for December 05, 2013
Supermodels, Awful Gifts and Nicolas Cage Selfies
Weekend like you’ve been there before.
Pirelli’s Long-Lost Calendar
Back in 1986, Helmut Newton photographed some supermodels for Pirelli. Which isn’t surprising. What’s surprising is that Pirelli decided to wait until now to put those just-the-right-amount-of-nude photos in their annual calendar. Guess they were aging them.
Wine. From the Bronze Age.
You have no idea what wine tasted like 3,700 years ago. But based on the findings of these archaeologists who just unearthed the world’s oldest wine cellar in Israel, you know that it was stored in clay jars and made with juniper berries, cinnamon bark, mint and myrtle. So basically Manischewitz with more myrtle.
Nicolas Cage’s New Role
Did you know that every time you take a selfie on Instagram, a baby seal is thrown into oncoming traffic? Okay, that’s a lie. But it’s true that your self-portrait will probably end up on this live stream where it’ll have Nic Cage’s face superimposed on it. That’ll teach you.
The Champagne Vending Machine Exists
Vending machines: typically filled with chips, gum and the occasional Twix. This London department store vending machine: filled with 320 miniature bottles of champagne. Which is great if you find yourself standing in front of it on New Year’s. Or a major letdown if you’re hoping for Twix.
Don’t Buy Anything on This Site
So this is a blog that’s compiled all of the worst gifts one could possibly purchase. Think: wi-fi-enabled egg trays, a toilet paper holder that sings Christmas songs, crayon-scented cologne, a giant-donut maker... okay, so that last one isn’t so bad.