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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.05

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Nuclear fallout exposes fake ‘antique’ whisky. Via LiveScience (basically the carbon-14 that was present as a result detonated nuclear bombs set off in the 1950s and 1960s made their way to barley and then whiskey makers said that their whiskey was older than what it really was):

Scientists with the Radiocarbon Lab at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) in Glasgow, Scotland, realized that accurately dating whisky based on the carbon-14 content could be tricky, as harvested barley may be stockpiled for years before being sent to a distillery. The researchers adjusted for that by creating a calibration curve, referencing carbon-14 data from whiskeys with known distillation years from 1950 to 2015.

Then, they evaluated allegedly rare whiskeys from 1847 to 1978, and found that nearly half the bottles weren’t as old as they were supposed to be. One bottle, a Talisker with a label indicating it was distilled in 1863, was likely distilled between 2007 and 2014. A bottle of Ardbeg from 1964 was probably distilled after 1995, and a Laphroaig labeled 1903 dated to 2011 or later.

In other words, despite the hefty price tags that some rare whiskeys command at auction, it would seem that sinking your money into luxury Scotch isn’t as much of a sure thing as you might have hoped, according to the study.

“Our experiences have suggested that there are a significant number of fake products being sold,” the researchers reported.

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Television Schedule. Good news, there will be 5 Big 12 games on the ESPN Networks while 10 more games will be televisions on FOX and all home games on TexasTech.TV. Details are at the link, but will make sure and note television networks as the games happen. As an aside, I’m not ready for baseball. I know it’s here and I can’t stop it, but I’m not ready. Let’s go.

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National Signing Day, Part II. I have no idea what, if anything is going to happen. I’m honestly not at all used to the early signing period in December essentially being the real signing day (something like 75% or 80% of all eligible high school players apparently sign in December). I’m presuming that you all will let us know if something urgent happens. Am I an expert about recruiting? Obviously not.


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