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Someone Made Vodka From Radioactive Chernobyl Grain And That's A Big Old Nope From Me

Bottoms up.

Fancy your vodka on the rocks with a side of radioactive grain?

A very brave team of scientists have taken “slightly contaminated” rye grain planted in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl and turned it into an artisan vodka called ‘Atomik.’

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You might be thinking noooope, not for me. But according to James Smith, who is part of the Chernobyl Spirit Company, the vodka “is no more radioactive than any other vodka.”

“Any chemist will tell you, when you distil something, impurities stay in the waste product,” Smith told the BBC. “So we took rye that slightly contaminated with water from the Chernobyl aquifer and we distilled it.”

The good news is, after testing the vodka at a radio-analytical laboratory there was no radioactivity detected. “They couldn’t find anything – everything was below their limit of detection,” Smith said.

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Well, that’s a relief. But why make the vodka in the first place? The Chernobyl Spirit Company are hoping the sale of the spirit could provide support to communities living around the exclusion zone. 

“We don’t have to just abandon the land,” Smith told the BBC. “We can use it in diverse ways and we can produce something that will be totally clean from radioactivity.”

Professor Smith has worked in Chernobyl since the 1990s and said while there are radiation hotspots, “for the most part contamination is lower than you’d find in other parts of the world with relatively high natural background radiation.”

The entrance to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Credit: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The aim of selling the artisan vodka is to distribute profits back into local Chernobyl communities who “don’t have the proper diet, good health services, jobs or investment.” The rest of the money will be reinvested in the business.

As for the taste? According to a London bartender “it’s more of a grain spirit than a vodka, so it has much more fruity notes – you can still taste the rye.”

Perhaps it’s worth bravely downing your next shot if it’s for a worthy cause.

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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