(TMU) — Every wine collector starts out small. What begins with a couple surplus bottles in the cupboard soon becomes a full wine rack on the kitchen counter. When this becomes insufficient and you have bottles floating around the home, you realize that it may be time to buy a refrigerated wine cooler. And then, sooner or later, that too is overflowing. What next?
While having a wine cellar sounds appealing, for many homeowners the idea is simply impractical. However, for true wine-lovers there has to be some solution for keeping your wine in good shape and preventing it from spoiling due to exposure to heat, sunlight, and the general wear and tear caused by home living. Indeed, under some conditions wines can improve if stored in the right place.
So why not have a wine staircase capable of storing 156 bottles of wine, among other features?
The creative and unique idea of embedding a wine cellar into the “dead space” of a staircase belongs to Australian builder Murray Berrill, owner of Murray Berrill Constructions in Victoria. Berrill had the brilliant idea during the course of renovating his own home.
In addition to holding 156 bottles of vino, the staircase has a built-in thermometer to ensure that the wine remains at a perfect temperature while it is stored.
Murray told Daily Mail:
“I hate dead space when renovating a house, as you’re essentially paying for nothing.
So we thought of putting the wine in drawers in the staircase rather than behind it.”
While Berrill had never previously built anything like this new wine staircase, the idea was incredibly easy to take from the drawing board to reality and took a mere week and a half to complete.
First, the builder made sure to ensure that the bottles would fit snugly within a structure that would be strong enough to function as a wine storage staircase.
Next, he was able to use pre-made drawers that he bought from a hardware shop.
After ensuring that the drawers were properly insulated and fitted with the built in thermometer, all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together precisely.
Berrill is now hoping that he can include a cooling unit in the staircase so that some of the wines can be chilled inside the storage unit.
The builder estimates that the entire project cost roughly $5,500 AUD, or about $3,500 USD, to complete.
Upon sharing the finished product to his company’s Facebook page, Berrill’s DIY project quickly gained its share of fans.
One person asked:
“I would love to do this in my house!! Do you have any plans I could purchase from you???”
To which Berrill responded “only in my head, sorry.”
Another person commented:
“Hmm, I always thought I preferred single-storey dwellings. I’m feeling a possible change coming”
While one more person described the idea ecstatically, commenting: “[Oh my God,] it’s the stairway to heaven!”
Since gaining coverage from the Mail, Berrill’s wine staircase has been the envy of wine connoisseurs and homeowners all over the world. We’re sure that this concept will be taking off in the years to come.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.
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