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Meet the Beats

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. The Beats were America’s first hipsters. But what were they, like, really about, man? THE OTHER SIDE OF AMERICA One night in 1948, two students at new York’s Columbia University, John Clellon Holmes and Jack Kerouac, were hanging out talking about what they thought was [...]

The Physics of Stout Foam

Did you know that the foam on a can of Guinness comes from a widget? It’s a ball of nitrogen that is released into the stout when the can is opened. Now that you know, widgets may be on the way out. Nitrogen-infused stouts are known for their long-lasting and creamy heads, a feature that carbonated [...]