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Church vs Beer on Twitter

Floating Sheep is a blog that studies the geo-located data that gets shared online, and their DOLLY Project (aka Data On Local Life and You) is designed to bring local geo-data to the people.

To showcase DOLLY, they decided to run some tests against the Tweets that are shared on Twitter during one of the weeks leading up to July 4th. They extracted about 10 million Tweets, and matched those that contained the word “church” (17,686 Tweets) and those that contained the word “beer” (14,405 Tweets) to their county on the US map.

The result is a rather interesting look at what dominates the conversations of different parts of the country:

Church and Beer Tweet Map

While not a pure test of conversation topics (discussions of the separation of church and state fall under the church category, but that hardly means that person is a church attendee) it is interesting to note that trends do emerge on a macro level.

My only question is, how many Tweets contained both?

[Floating Sheep: Church or Beer? Americans on Twitter]

Instantly Freeze A Bottle of Beer

Though it’s mostly just a party trick, the ability to instantly freeze a bottle of beer does make for one fun science experiment:

To do the trick yourself, just put a few unopened bottles of beer in your freezer and wait for a couple of hours. (Note that this works best with clear bottles like Corona.) When you open the freezer again, a few of the bottles will likely have frozen and exploded, but there should be a few that are still in a liquid state. Carefully pick up one of the liquid bottles, set it on a table, remove the bottle cap, and give it a good tap on the table. As the bubbles form, the beer will instantly freeze, as seen in the video.

So what’s going on?

It’s an effect called supercooling, and according to Wikipedia,

Supercooling, also known as undercooling, is the process of lowering the temperature of a liquid or a gas below its freezing point without it becoming a solid.

A liquid below its standard freezing point will crystallize in the presence of a seed crystal or nucleus around which a crystal structure can form. However, lacking any such nucleus, the liquid phase can be maintained all the way down to the temperature at which crystal homogeneous nucleation occurs.

So basically, the beer is cold enough to freeze, but it has nothing to freeze around, so it stays liquid. When you tap the bottle on the table, the bubbles create a seed and the ice forms around that seed.

Neat, huh?

(Caution: This trick involves a glass bottle filled with supercooled liquid that expands as it freezes. That chances of the bottle exploding are low, but technically it’s still possible, so you should probably wear gloves and safety glasses if you’re going to try this at home. And please, don’t let your kids handle the bottles!)

[Via: Gizmodo]

Beer Posters

If you’re looking for beer related art to adorn the walls of your favorite beer drinking spot, then check out these posters from Etsy:

Beer

The first is simply called Beer, and comes from a shop called Man vs Ink. It walks through the homebrew process, and includes some awesome typography in beer inspired colors.

Know What You Drink

The second is called Know What You Drink, and comes from a shop called Drywell Art. It includes the most popular variations on Hops, Malts and Yeast, and is “both a highly accurate and informative diagram, as well as a bold and colorful piece of art”.

Both will set you back just $25:

[Etsy – BeerKnow What You Drink]

Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans

Beer Can Book

Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans is a coffee table book that features beer cans ranging from the iconic to the obscure to the downright bizarre.

From long-forgotten brews to classic brands that have changed their look but never gone out of style, Beer offers a peek into the last century of beer culture, exploring what we drank, how we drank it, and why we picked it off the shelf.

The book actually started as a Flickr Set, when on a whim, Lance Wilson and Dan Becker started shooting Dan’s stepdad’s beer can collection, and uploading them to the photo sharing site. The response was greater than they had anticipated, with more than 180,000 pageviews in just a few months.

Beer Cans

Realizing they were on to something, the pair re-shot the entire collection, more than 1,400 in all, and then spent the following year curating, writing, editing and designing the book.

The result is an impressive look at the history of the beer can, both from a design perspective, and as a historical record of beer brands and styles that have come and gone over the years, and would make the perfect gift for the beer geek in your life.

[Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans]