Summit Up 3-2-10
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s still celebrating Beer Day in Iceland. Technically, the event was yesterday, March 1, but where is it written that one can’t quaff a brew on a Tuesday – or celebrate the repeal of one of the worst laws in history?Here, according to our new-old friend Wikipedia, is what went down:In a 1908 referendum, Icelanders voted in favor of a ban on all alcoholic drinks, going into effect Jan. 1, 1915. In 1921, the ban was partially lifted after Spain refused to buy Iceland’s main export, fish, unless Iceland bought Spanish wines (Editor’s note: Viva Espaa!); then lifted further after a national referendum in 1935 came out in favor of legalizing spirits. Strong beer (with an alcohol content of 2.25% or more), however, was not included in the 1935 vote in order to please the temperance lobby – which argued that because beer is cheaper than spirits, it would lead to more depravity.MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Well, how long did it take to get beer legally again in Iceland?SU: Not until … March 1, 1989!MSUR: We could never have made it through the 80s without beer -much less an Icelandic winter.SU: We hear ya. BTW: If you’ve never had Icelandic beer, you should try it (we say, having never tried it ourselves but simply assuming that if people had to be beer-less for so long, they’d make up for it by creating some kick-butt brews). We’re not sure if they’re sold around here, but brands include Viking Gylltur, Mri, Thule, Kaldi and, our favorites by virtue of their astonishing surfeit of cool accent marks and consonant mash-ups – Egils Jlabjr and Skjlfti.Bottoms up!***So with the ‘Lympics finally over it’s time to start hyping new crap, right? It’s the American Way. So the Academy Awards presentation is coming up this Sunday, and we got this cool e-mail from someone at, we think, the Antiques Roadshow TV program. Apparently there’s an appraiser there named Phil Weiss who has some trivia to share:Five of the Highest Value Movie Props from Academy Award-winning Films*The Wizard of Oz (The iconic ruby slippers sold for $666,000 in 2000)*The Maltese Falcon (The Maltese Falcon sold for $389,500 in 1994)*Star Wars (Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, used in the first two films, sold for $240,000 in 2008)*Breakfast at Tiffany’s (A pink cocktail dress Audrey Hepburn wore in the film sold for $192,000 in 2007)*Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (The voodoo doll modeled after Harrison Ford sold for $30,000 in 2008)Academy Award-winning Actors with the Most Valuable Signatures*Humphrey Bogart ($1,000+)*Clark Gable ($800-$1,200)*John Wayne ($500-$1,000)*Marlon Brando ($500-$1,000)*Gary Cooper ($500-$1,000)Academy Award-winning Actresses with the Most Valuable Signatures*Grace Kelly ($1,000+)*Judy Holliday ($1,000+)*Vivien Leigh ($1,000+)*Katherine Hepburn ($500 – $1,000)*Mary Pickford ($250-$500)Well, there it is. Personally, we’ve never heard of Judy Holliday, so we wouldn’t give you a dime for one of her signatures unless, of course, we could turn right around and trade it for two John Waynes – or a Gary Cooper and a Marlon Brando. Then we’d turn around and buy a butt-load of Skjlfti beer – and maybe a few cases of Icelandic Arctic Char to chase it with.But that’s just us.***Well, once again – and we don’t know how – we’re at the end of another column. Have a torrential Tuesday and check us tomorrow for more inanity. We out …
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