$77,615 Bottle Of 224-Year-Old Cognac Shattered By Butter-Fingered Customer – That’s Quite An Accident

$77,615 Bottle Of 224-Year-Old Cognac Shattered By Butter-Fingered Customer - That's Quite An Accident

AP – Francois Mori

You know that horrible feeling when you drop something valuable and it shatters into pieces?  A customer at The Playboy’s Club in London had one of those days.  Except that it wasn’t an old vase or some tchotchke on grandma’s mantle.  No, he managed to destroy a $77,615 bottle of Cognac.  One which dated back to 1788.  Ouch.

The customer was a regular – a businessman with expensive tastes and a very loose grip.  He had ordered two glasses of the brandy for $7,839 (that’s £5,000 if you’re wondering why it’s an uneven figure) each.  Then he asked to look at the bottle.  When he stood up, the bottle went flying, making the most expensive mess as the shattered upon hitting the floor.

The club bought the bottle at auction in Paris a few years ago – where it had sold for $37,000 .  Sadder still, the Cognac was to have been featured this week by mixologist (that word makes my skin crawl) Salvatore Calabrese in a bid to make the world’s most expensive cocktail for Guinness World Records.  Mr. Calabrese weighed in during an interview with the Evening Standard:

“We all just froze, then it sunk in. I’ve been heartbroken. Not because of the value of the bottle, but because it is a piece of history that has been lost.”

Because the bottle of Clos de Griffier Vieux was open – it wasn’t insured.  The customer must drop a lot of cash in the establishment as he seems to have been forgiven:

“Accidents happen,” Calabrese told The Evening Standard.

Barilla Sets Guinness World Record – World’s Biggest Boxes Of Pasta Weight Half A Ton Each. Proceeds Benefit UNICEF

Barilla Sets Guinness World Record - World's Biggest Boxes Of Pasta Weight Half A Ton Each.  Proceeds Benefit UNICEFIf you happen to be in Turkey, you can plunk down a bit over five hundred bucks and take home a half metric ton (about 1102 pounds to you and me) of pasta for yourself. You needn’t even bring your SUV, so heavy and big are the boxes that delivery is included in the price.

Italy’s Barilla, the world’s biggest pasta maker, and Turkey’s Migros Ticaret supermarket chain teamed up to produce the world’s largest box of penne pasta, all to benefit UNICEF.
Guinness World Records have declared the cardboard box at about four and a half feet high and over three feet wide – the largest box of pasta ever produced.

The boxes will be sold at supermarkets in Istanbul, Edirne and the resort port city of Bodrum, in Turkey.  All revenues from the sales of the massive cartons will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The boxes are the first in a series of projects to benefit non-profits.

“The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways to feed a family, and pasta is one of the major elements of this type of diet. Rich and balanced nutrients with a low glycemic index make pasta a healthy, delicious and affordable choice. All revenues from the giant pasta boxes will be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the education of our children.”

- Gunes Karababa, Barilla’s Market Director for Turkey.

 - via World Record Academy -