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    What would you do for your beer?

    Russian army rescues kegs of beer

    Russian troops have retrieved 10 tonnes of beer trapped under the Siberian ice after a week-long operation.

    A lorry carrying the beer was lost while crossing the frozen River Irtysh, near the city of Omsk, about 2,200 kilometres (1400 miles) from Moscow.

    The driver managed to jump out after the ice gave way, but the lorry and its cargo sank.

    Six divers, 10 men with electric saws and a tank pulled the beer kegs - but not the truck - to safety.

    Beer going cheap

    With temperatures reaching -27C, the rescue mission was fraught with problems.

    Russia's Tass news agency reported that the recovery team eventually managed to pull the vehicle through a hole in the ice.

    They retrieved the kegs of beer but the rope snapped and the truck slipped back under the water.

    The Rosar brewery in Omsk said the freezing temperatures probably kept the quality of the beer from deteriorating and said it will still take the delivery.

    It plans to sell the beer at a discount.

    Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2004/01/20 23:37:08 GMT

    © BBC MMIV

  • #2
    Originally posted at
    'Bone Phone' Helps Block Noise
    Jan. 22, 2004 — Japanese telecom carriers, pioneers of Internet-capable and picture-snapping handsets, have now come up with the world's first mobile phone that enables users to listen to calls inside their heads — by conducting sound through bone.

    The TS41 handset, manufactured by electronics firm Sanyo, was put on sale by the Tu-Ka cell phone group this month, drawing healthy demand from customers who want to hear calls better in busy streets and other noisy places.

    The new phone is equipped with a "Sonic Speaker," which transmits sounds through vibrations that move from the skull to the cochlea in the inner ear, instead of relying on the usual method of sound hitting the outer eardrum.

    With the new handset, the key to better hearing in a noisy situation is to plug your ears to prevent outside noise from drowning out bone-conducted sounds.

    If the user holds the handset to the top of the head, the back of the head, cheekbone or jaw and plugs his or her left ear, the call will be heard internally on the left side.

    It is the first time that bone conduction has been used in cell phones, although the technology has been available for fixed-line phones in Japan, mostly for elderly people, for the past two years.

    The Tu-Ka group has launched a major advertising campaign for the new cell phone, featuring a young woman and a X-ray image of her skull using the handset.

    A spokesman at Tu-Ka Cellular Tokyo said it was too early to declare the TS41 a success, but retail store clerks said they were seeing a healthy demand for it.

    "We have lots of inquires from young women thanks to the television commercial," said Tomoyuki Harasawa, a sales consultant at a Bic Camera consumer electronics store in Yurakucho, central Tokyo.

    "The actual buyers are mostly businessmen in their 30s and 40s," Harasawa said. "We sell four to five TS41s a day, a good figure for Tu-Ka, which lags far behind rival mobile operators" such as DoCoMo and Vodafone.

    The cell phone is priced at 7,800 yen ($73) at the discount store.

    "I don't know if this is going to be a big hit, but it will be possible for Tu-Ka to raise its market share since this high-profile handset has improved its brand recognition among consumers," Harasawa said.

    Customers who examined the new phone on the Bic Camera sales floor had mixed reactions.

    Masaya Iwata, a 31-year-old accountant, said the product was interesting, but he was not sure if he would buy it because he uses his mobile less and less for talking.

    "I use my mobile for picture-taking and e-mailing rather than having conversations," he said.

    Japan's top mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo launched "i-mode" phones in February 1999, offering Internet surfing, e-mailing and video watching on mobile handsets. And J-Phone, now rebranded Vodafone to underline that it is controlled by the British-based telecoms giant, launched picture-taking handsets in November 2000.

    Nearly every new mobile handset in Japan now has a built-in digital camera enabling users to send images taken with their mobiles via e-mail to other handsets or computers.

    Tomohiro Abukawa, a 34-year-old hair stylist, said he liked the bone-conducting phone, noting railway stations and streets were often too noisy to talk.

    "I may get this as it is also small," he said.

    One woman, in her 30s, said she was interested in the cell phone but was self-conscious.

    "What troubles me is that I may look weird if I'm talking with the phone pressed between my eyebrows," she said.


    • #3
      LOL I have been reading this same story all week long. Funny though.


      • #4
        I actually saw some footage of the "rescue." They actually brought in a tank to help pull. Shows you how much of a priority it was!

        Originally posted by Crazie
        LOL I have been reading this same story all week long. Funny though.