Weekend linkdump

Your weekend DIY project: backyard Scrabble.

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From the “WTF, China?!” desk: you can now buy Pabst Blue Ribbon (the crappy, watery American hipster beer) in China. Except it’s cask-aged “Pabst Blue Ribbon 1884“. And it’s fifty bucks a bottle.

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Australia’s second 24-hour news channel goes live on July 22nd; public broadcaster ABC will launch ABC News 24 into head-to-head competition with News’s Sky News Australia. And just in time for the federal election, too.

Now, who do we have to pester to get it carried on Starhub?

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It’s moments like this you need a “schadenfreude” tag: “The 30 Most Expensive Car Crashes of 2009“. The winner was a self-immolating McLaren F1 ($2 million); second place went to the Texan who drove his $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron into a lake.

And the story behind #27 (wherein a 1995 Ferrari 348 [$117k] t-bones a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa [$181k]) will make you laugh, cry, and hurl:

A high school baseball coach in Oklahoma City loaned both his Ferraris to a quartet of his players — who managed to wreck the hell out of them in a mall parking lot.

The players, all juniors, had been given the cars completely unsupervised by the coach, who apparently has a terminally dangerous case of bad decision making. The former neurosurgeon gave the kids his 1991 Ferrari Testarossa and 1995 Ferrari 348, which inevitably ended in the 348 T-boning the Testarossa.

When the coach showed up at the scene of the carnage, his response was to light up a cigarette, and coolly state: “It’s gonna take a lot of homeruns to cover this one up”.

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And, the return of JRE Keeps You Entertained All Weekend: Murray Walker lends his distinctive voice to snooker.

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