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Marvel Will Auction Netflix Shows Props and Costumes

If you didn’t know, Marvel’s shows on Netflix are discontinued. Though this is a sad truth, something quite unique is coming out of it. If you have some spare change lying around, you could actually own something straight from the Marvel shows on Netflix. Marvel is actually auctioning off several pieces from iconic shows such as Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist. 

 

 

One of the most expensive items that will be available, which is the first iteration of Matt Murdock’s Daredevil costume, starts at $10,000. It is estimated to bring in around $30,000 to $50,000. The tank where Luke Cage was experimented on starts at $6,000, and has estimates to bring in between $12,000 and $15,000. Several versions of Daredevil’s costume, like the Red First Iteration costume, is going for $30,000 to $50,000. Luke Cage’s Protection Costume will start from $2,500 to $3,500.

 

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Though the items named above are not very affordable, there are actually a plethora of much cheaper ones you can get a hold of. Elektra Natchios’ robe starts at only $250, and Murdock’s cassette recorder, starts at even lower $150, so it is very possible to get your hands on one of those.

Marvel ended their Netflix shows last year, which included Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and The Punisher.

The auction is running from August 12th to the 13th. If you want to bid, you can register here.

 

 

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Did You Know These Species Were Named After Iconic Writers?

Did you know there are a great number of living creatures named after various writers? I really did not know how to react after looking at some of these, but I can imagine that it’s quite an honor to find out that you’ve had an entire species named after you. Throughout biological nomenclature, organisms are sometimes given scientific names with the intention to honor somebody. From insects, to plants, to even a variety of fish, there are a plethora of different types of organisms named after influential writers. These are the ones that left me quite confused, yet strangely compelled.

 

Shireplitis

Shireplitis is a group wasps that are native to New Zealand. They are usually black or brown in color, and are about 2mm in body length with narrow wings. Although not clear at first, their genus name derives from the Shire, home of the famous hobbits in J.R.R Tolkien’s series of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. There are five species of Shireplitis named after iconic hobbits, and one named after Tolkien himself.

 

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Shireplitis bilboi (Bilbo Baggins)

Shireplitis frodoi (Frodo Baggins)

Shireplitis samwisei (Samwise Gamgee)

Shireplitis meriadoci (Mariadoc Brandybuck)

Shireplitis peregrini (Peregrin Took)

Shireplitis tolkieni (J.R.R Tolkien)

 

Learning about this in high school would have made biology a lot more fun.

 

Avalanchurus

Avalanchurus is an extinct family of trilobites, which are a group of marine arachnomorph arthropods. The subfamily of Avalanchurus consists of four different species named after four musical icons. Avalanchurus garfunkeli and Avalanchurus simoni are named after Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, the legendary bestselling folk-rock duo. Avalanchurus lennoni and Avalanchurus starri are named after the singer and drummer of The Beatles, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. It a blend of fascination and surprise that this is even a thing.

 

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Although they are not necessarily authors, Paul Simon is well known as arguably one of the best songwriters of all time.

 

Sonoma twaini

Sonoma is a subfamily of rove beetles that originated from North America. Appearing mostly from the Pacific Slope in Alaska to southern California, there are at least fifty-seven known species. There are many different names for these species, such as sonoma colberti, named after Stephen Colbert, and sonoma stewarti, named after Jon Stewart. Looking through the long list, however, I found sonoma twaini, approriately named after Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Why there is a family of beetles named after two talk show hosts and a legendary author, I really cannot say. Yet, these names really don’t get more random and erratic than this.

 

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Johnnie Walker Will Launch More ‘Game of Thrones’ Scotches

We all know that the Game of Thrones franchise has yielded mountains of unique merchandise. Just like other major franchises, Game of Thrones has their own version of Monopoly, Clue, and Risk. However, there are some other strange products based on the hit series, such as a Jon Snow USB drive, a life size Iron Throne, and oddly enough, Khal Drogo thongs. Now, Johnnie Walker is releasing a pair of new scotches, “A Song of Ice”, and “A Song of Fire”.

 

 

Johnnie Walker had already released a scotch with the Game of Thrones branding, titled “White Walker”. It was released back in October of 2018. According to the Johnnie Walker website, “[White Walker] perfectly reminds Johnnie Walker and Game of Thrones fans alike that “Winter is Here.” The limited edition bottle utilizes thermochromic ink to give fans a frosty surprise message when frozen. With flavor notes like caramelized sugar, vanilla, and fresh red berries, White Walker by Johnnie Walker makes for a delicious serve. The new blend is best served ice cold, inspired by the White Walkers beyond The Wall.”

 

 

Pre-orders are now open for “A Song of Ice” and “A Song of Fire”. One 750 ml bottle will cost $43. They are set to release later this year in October.

 

Are you planning on buying just a bottle, or the whole pair? Let us know in the comments!

 

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5 Cocktails Oscar Wilde Would Have Absolutely Smashed

Today is the anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Published in 1891, the novel’s hedonistic bent and homosexual undertones (and overtones) have since made it both notorious and a much-loved classic. The novel follows the moral descent of Dorian Gray, a handsome young gentleman whose soul is forever trapped within a painting. As Gray’s depravity deepens, his face in the painting grows increasingly marred with sin… while his face remains forever young, beautiful, and innocent.

Booze & Bookstr is back at it for thirsty Thursday, and we all know Oscar Wilde was thirsty in more ways than one. That’s less an insult than a badge of honor—Wilde remains notorious for his love of both life and debauchery, two things that the writer would not deem separate. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, he writes, “the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Tempted to grab some bottles and drink with us? Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

 

 

 

Absinthe cocktails

Wilde notoriously touted both love and hate for the green fairy: “After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” So not only would he partake of the next few beverages, he’d probably drink more of them than you.

1. Billionaire Cocktail

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. high-proof bourbon, such as Baker’s
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. simple syrup
  • 14 oz. absinthe bitters or absinthe
  • 12 oz. grenadine syrup made from pomegranate
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish

Oscar Wilde enjoyed the finer things in life and always thought that they were worth paying for: “when I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know that it is.”

 

2. The Jaded Lady

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce absinthe
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lemon-parsley infused simple syrup (see ingredients below)
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters
  • For garnishing: 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves

Wilde had a rather pessimistic view of monogamy, shaking down the institution of marriage with his unrelenting wit: “men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” That would be enough to leave any lady jaded.

 

Champagne Cocktails

It’s not every day that someone’s love of champagne literally makes history, but here we are, 119 years after Wilde’s death, discussing how the infamous dandy instructed staff to serve champagne “at intervals” throughout the day. Apparently, Wilde’s love of the bubbly made its way onto the record during his trial:

Mr. Oscar Wilde: Yes; iced champagne is a favourite drink of mine–strongly against my doctor’s orders.
Mr. Edward Carson, QC: Never mind your doctor’s orders, sir!
Mr. Oscar Wilde: I never do.

Given that the doctor’s orders say that one serving of French fries is, like, twelve f*cking French fries, I think we’ll all have to ignore them.

3. French 75

 

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Ingredients:

• 2 oz. London dry gin

• 1 tsp. superfine sugar

• 1/2 oz. lemon juice

• 5 oz. brut champagne

Oscar Wilde wisely said, “when good Americans die, they go to Paris.” But when you try this cocktail, you’ll be LIVING.

 

4. Red Eye

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1½ Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Prosecco
  • 4 dashes Scrappy’s chocolate bitters
  • 2 dashes saltwater
  • Garnish with a lemon peel

Why sleep when you could be out living? “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all,” Oscar Wilde said—especially people who are passing out at 9 P.M. You’ll definitely be living rather than existing when you’re wide awake for the most entertaining hours of the nighttime.

 

And the ultimate combo…

5. Death in the afternoon

 

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz absinthe
  • 4 12 oz champagne

Oscar Wilde would smash and get smashed.

 

 

 

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