NPR - Aydian Dowling of Eugene, Ore., is ripped. He has sharply defined muscles, piercing eyes and European-playboy-on-the-Riviera tousled hair.
It's not just striking good looks that distinguish Dowling, who is leading the voting in the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins the contest (which is ultimately determined by judges), Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Men's Health.
At the very least, he's far and away the frontrunner for the "Reader's Choice" award: as of Sunday night, he has more than four times as many votes as the runner-up.
Dowling talked to NPR's Arun Rath about his story of personal transformation. He says that win or lose, participating in the Men's Health contest has helped him define himself.
I drink wine so I'm glad I'm not caught in this crap trap. You can't swing a dead cat round here without hitting a "craft" micro brewery making umpteen flavors of an IPA or a "craft" distiller.
NPR Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.
Why are Americans buying more bourbon? According to author Reid Mitenbuler, one reason is that we're being seduced by clever bottles and throwback labels. Along with enticing branding, some of these bottles of "craft bourbon" boast hefty price tags. Take Pappy Van Winkle, a craft bourbon with "family reserve" editions that retail for thousands of dollars.
And yet "the term 'craft' is little more than an ambiguous buzzword," Mitenbuler writes in a new book, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey. Behind all the craft buzz, Mitenbuler says, are actually just some "carefully cultivated myths" created by an industry on a roll.
According to Mitenbuler, many of the newer bourbon brands are actually just spinoffs of factory brands: Knob Creek Distillery, for example, is owned by Jim Beam and made at the same plant as the mass-produced Beam. But you'd never know, since they're packaged to appear different, smaller and therefore more rare. What's inside some artisanal-looking bottles may be startlingly close — and in cases exactly the same — as the mass-produced stuff.
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You know what I wish that squirrel had done? If he wanted to make a statement......instead of going into that particular private members club, I Wish he'd gone into the Royal box at Wimbledon and eaten all the ties.