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Beer Maker Pulls Alcoholic Energy Drinks

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MIKE PESCA, host:

Welcome back to the Bryant Park Project from NPR News online all the time at npr.org/bryantpark.

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

So, Mike, I was thinking about this next segment and I was thinking that it's like a pizza.

PESCA: Uh-huh. Do you want to explain?

MARTIN: And on a pizza, there are lots of toppings. And some people really like anchovies. Some people really hate anchovies. Some people really like pepperoni. Some people don't like pepperoni. Some people really like those banana peppers.

PESCA: Yeah, let's name everything that's ever been on a pizza and then note that some like it and some don't.

MARTIN: Some like it. But you know, some people - all the people, all the time, like cheese on their pizza.

PESCA: Right, except that's not true. But yeah, right!

MARTIN: Of course it is!

PESCA: Lactose-intolerant people. There are cheese-less pizzas.

MARTIN: Not in my sample. They are excluded from my sample!

PESCA: Fine.

MARTIN: You're not working with me. You told me to do this intro.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PESCA: I made you do it.

MARTIN: Cheese. I'm trying to say what's on a pizza that everyone likes is cheese and in the Bryant Park Project what everyone likes is The Ramble.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: You made me do it. I'm going to start. So, say you want to turn up the volume on your iPod. What if you could do so by rolling your eyes? That would be awesome or confusing. I don't know. Things might get really loud in our head if you didn't want them to. And if you want to fast forward, instead of using the click-wheel, what if you could just look to the right? Those are some ideas Japan's top cell-phone company is testing out. Leave it to Japan. It's called wearable-control technology. That means instead of letting your fingers do the walking, let your eyes do the rolling. No word yet what that would do for eye contact between humans.

I mean, seriously, that could afford all kinds of very strange mistakes, I can imagine. Here's another funky gadget, a cell-phone ring. It's about the size of a ping-pong ball. So, if you're wearing the ring and you want to pick up a call, you stick the ring - you stick your fingers with the ring on one of your fingers in your ear so the sound can be transmitted through vibration. That wouldn't look strange at all. The top engineer at the Japanese company says he's not sure when or if the inventions will actually hit the market.

PESCA: Some news from Australia. A crocodile went walkabout in the Australian outback and ended up at a bar. The bar patrons did the hospitable thing and invited the croc in. We'd like to think their drinking didn't impair their judgment too much. The crocodile was, you know, a little guy, only two-feet long. But they still taped up its mouth and put it in a box after they took some pictures. The barmaid thinks the croc may have escaped for a farm several miles away, and no word on whether it has made its way back home.

MARTIN: OK, so this next story, I didn't even know there was such a thing as beer that had stimulants in it like those energy drinks.

PESCA: Oh, Lord.

MARTIN: Yeah, but apparently, there is, but not so much anymore. Anheuser-Busch was trying to get the effects of both caffeine and alcohol in one beverage, but it turns out they are not allowed to do that anymore. An investigation - attorneys general from 11 states found that the number of brewers in the U.S. was marking those upper/downer drinks to minors. An increasing number of these brewers were marketing these drinks to people who shouldn't be allowed to drink alcohol, but they were taken in by that whole everyone wants an energy drink these days, that Red Bull phenomenon.

PESCA: There seems to be two kinds of things that contrast with each other, beer and caffeine.

MARTIN: Yeah. Anheuser Busch says bottles of Tilt and Bud Xtra had less caffeine than a Starbucks coffee and that all regulatory requirements including federal and state approvals. But the brewers agree to take the stimulants out of the alcoholic energy drinks, and will pay 200,000 dollars to the states that investigated the drinks.

PESCA: At Wimbledon, Alla - OK, here we go, tennis player's last name, Kudryavtseva.

MARTIN: Good job.

PESCA: Yeah, she beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets. So Sharapova is the number-three seed. That's a pretty big upset. Let's call her - Ku-dree-aft-suvah (ph)?

MARTIN: Mm-hm.

PESCA: Says of the six-two, six-four, that was a victory not just on the tennis court but on the world fashion stage. Both competitors are Russian, but only one of them, Sharapova, was wearing a white, tuxedo-style jacket, which her opponent called "a little too much of everything."

MARTIN: Wow.

PESCA: The women currently known as Ku-dree-aft-suvah (ph) says the tux gave her extra motivation to unravel her opponent. Former champ Sharapova says she still has lots of years ahead of her, and she'll consider dressing down for future matches. And that is your Ramble. I pronounce it your Ramble. Although I don't pronounce correctly Ku-dree-aft-suvah (ph).

MARTIN: They gave that to you on purpose.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PESCA: Thank you very much, and links to all those stories and lots more on our website, npr.org/bryantpark.

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