There's something intoxicating in the air

If you happen to find yourself in London between now and April 25, you can get the effects of a good stiff drink while being able to honestly say you didn't have a drop.

What's the gimmick? It's a temporary bar dubbed Alcoholic Architecture. It is offering a cloud of breathable gin and tonic to its patrons for about $7 an hour.

The "bar" creates an intoxicating vapor using an ultrasonic humidifier system. Patrons put on protective suits and "drink" in the air.

The cocktail mist is made using gin, tonic water and the same technology as Anthony Gormley’s Blind Light at the Hayward Gallery. The interior of the bar is decorated to look like the inside of a cocktail with giant limes and straws.

Harry Parr, partner of Bompas & Parr which created the bar, told the media, "I’m interested in states of matter. Here we’ve vaporised a cocktail. In the future I would like to make a liquid banqueting table.

"In the 1905 Gondola Banquet the Savoy Hotel was flooded and the meal was eaten on a floating gondola surrounded by live swans with dessert presented on the back of a baby elephant. That would be the ultimate meal."

Alcoholic Architecture is open today through April 18th and 23-25 at 2 Ganton Street, Newburgh Quarter, London, W1F 7QL.

Upstate NY town is nation's 'coolest'

From WBNG.com Channel 12

OWEGO, NY -- The Town of Owego was buzzing with excitement after the CBS Early Show announced it is the "Coolest Small Town In America."

"I thought it was totally awesome. I am so proud that people outside the village come in and take a look and say, yes, it is. ... It's a really cool town," says Lisa Curatolo of Owego.

... Owego [located west of Binghamton in Upstate New York's Southern Tier] received 24,000 votes since BudgetTravel.com began its contest in February.
More than 150 towns were nominated, but only about 20 were chosen as finalists. Owego beat second place Rockland, ME, by a thousand votes.

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