Go Figure

$300,000

Amount Toyota paid to rent Chicago’s Millennium Park for a private party last Thursday. General Motors executives decided to have a little fun at its competitor’s expense, driving around the edges of the park and offering tourists free rides and passes to attractions around the city that were open to the public. “They’re the competition,” GM executive Joel Sassa told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Were we having a little fun with it? Yeah, sure.” The fleet of 45 GM cars went missing mid-afternoon, however. GM says the crowd looking for rides was getting too big. A Toyota rep speculated, “Maybe they ran out of gas.”

25.4%

Alcohol content of a new German beer, which the brewer, Harald Schneider, claims is the strongest in the world. The potent brew is served in a shot glass. “Everyone who has tried it is enthusiastic. It tastes like a quirky mixture of beer and sherry,” Schneider tells Reuters, adding, “People will only be able to drink two or three glasses. Otherwise they’ll drop like flies.” The previous record holder for world’s strongest beer appears to be none other than the Boston Brewing Co., whose extremely limited-edition Samuel Adams Utopias is 25 percent alcohol. Schneider expects Jim Koch and company to fight back and reclaim the title. “I’m pretty sure the Americans have something up their sleeve,” he says.