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TauBu’s Sexiest Sights on Oscars Night

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, 2012 Oscars

Everyone’s talking about the Academy Awards today. Admit it – you Googled the best dressed lists and YouTubed the highlights before you finished your morning coffee and clocked in for work. Well, the TauBu Girls sure did. And they’ve decided to regale us with their own picks for the sexiest sights of Oscars night.

TauBu Girl Rickie says the hands-down sexiest scene at the Kodak Theatre was Angelina Jolie’s thigh shot. Sure, she got a little flack about it. Some say her leggy pose was appropriate for the red carpet, but a little awkward for the stage. No matter, says Rickie. A beautiful set of legs is a beautiful thing to see, no matter the scenario. In fact, Angelina’s thigh now has its own Facebook page and Twitter account, as does Jennifer Lopez’ nipple.

Speaking of, TauBu Girl Edita didn’t mind Lopez’ near nip-slip. But that back-shot of the gorgeous Latina and everyone’s favorite fun girl Cameron Diaz topped it all. Their over-the-shoulder smiles and shapely derrieres made for the sexiest shot of the night, Edita says.

Milla Jovovich’s come-hither smile caught TauBu Girl Christa’s attention. “That white-hot, one-shouldered dress showed off her curves and just enough skin. Her up-do exposed her neck and back and that crimson smile against her light skin, dress and accessories just set off the whole look.”

George Clooney quipped that he already had his gold statue, referring to Stacy Kiebler’s statuesque figure and her form-fitting gold dress reminiscent of melted gold. TauBu Girl Diamond agrees. “Stacy really stole the red carpet show.”

It was easy to guess which look TauBu Girl Amanda would like most. Judy Greer’s dress screamed “dangerous curves ahead” with lines of silver shimmer and dramatic black. “It kind of looked like a stylized impression of a racetrack,” says Amanda, an amateur racecar driver with her sights set on going pro.

But for TauBu Girl Kali, it wasn’t a celebrity who struck her as the night’s sexiest. Instead, it was the women of Cirque du Soleil. “I’m pretty proud of my own athletic talents, but these women blow me away,” Kali says. “Their performance is a real testament to the amazing capabilities of the human body.”

Pop the top on a can of Midnite Berry TauBu beer and enjoy this gallery of sexy Oscar night sights courtesy of go.oscar.com. And let us know who caught your eye last night. Post your thoughts on our TauBu Facebook fan page.

15 Top Riders Go Down in Toughest Off-Roading Challenge Yet – TauBu Sends Props to the Survivors

Graham Jarvis took on some serious terrain, including 10 miles of rocks, to win the inaugural King of the Motos. Give that guy a TauBu toast! Photo: Dirt Rider Magazine

Give that guy a frosty TauBu beer! British endurance motocross rider Graham Jarvis just claimed the $10,000 prize and some serious props for winning what might be the toughest off-road challenge yet. Last week, 21 guys known for their mad moto skills took on the inaugural King of the Motos motorcycle race. Only six made it to the finish line.

King of the Motos is a new feature of the Griffin King of the Hammers event. It’s an ass-kicking 65-mile race that took Graham three hours to finish. Sand-filled washes, massive hills and largely impassible boulder fields make for some hardcore riding in the Johnson Valley OHV terrain in Lucerne Valley, California. The inaugural event was an invitation-only deal, pitting some of the biggest names in motocross against each other and the rugged earth in a competition that combined high-speed, Baha-style desert racing with some extreme terrain, including 10 miles of rocks.

Riders got zilch pit support, so when mechanical breakdowns took a few of them out, their day was done. Others fell to exhaustion and pain. Plus, the course gave only a few markers, so riders had to depend on their GPS systems to make sure they were headed toward the finish line and not making circles in rocks.

Graham hit the finish line in two hours, 57 minutes and 19 seconds. Too bad for the five other guys that made it through – this was a winner-takes-all event. Second place truly sucks in this one. But we’ve still gotta give Kyle Redman, Destry Abbott, Mike Slawson, Cody Webb and Jimmy Jarett some respect for not wimping out.

Pop open a can of Midnite Berry, Evil Apple or Wicked Punch TauBu beer, take a look at the video and let us know if you think you’ve the nerve to take on next year’s King of the Motos.

  

TauBu Debuts New “Golden Margarita” on National Margarita Day

Introducing TauBu's new Golden Margarita - Just in time for National Margarita Day!

Hello, drinkin’ fans! Ginny here. As February’s TauBu Girl, I’m loving the opportunity to debut one of our newest drinks. After all, February 22 is National Margarita Day, so what better time to introduce TauBu’s new “Golden Margarita?”

The Margarita’s origins are a bit dubious. Though there’s no solid proof, the going theory is that this tangy tequila-based libation was invented in 1941 by Don Carlos Orozco, a bartender at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico. The story goes that it was a slow day at the cantina when Orozco decided to start fiddling with mixtures. In walked Margarita Henkel, the hot young daughter of a German diplomat. Orozco offered her a frosty glass of his mixture of equal parts tequila, orange liqueur and lime served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. The lovely Margarita approved, and thus was born the classic drink named for her.

Maybe.

Another theory points to Carlos “Danny” Herrera, a bartender with a penchant for dancing girls. While working at Mexico’s El Rancho La Gloria hotel sometime during the 1930s, Herrera offered a tasty treat to a Ziegfeld dancer named Marjorie King. She liked it so much, she danced for Herrera. And Herrera liked her so much that he named the drink for her, using the Spanish version of her name – Margarita.

Maybe.

There’s also the story of bartender Santo Cruz of the legendary Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas. Legend has it that he invented the Margarita in 1948 for famed Jazz singer Peggy Lee, a beautiful Swedish-Norwegian-American blonde with a voice that made men melt.

Maybe.

Finally, there’s the story of Daisy. Only this time, Daisy isn’t a fetching young diplomat’s daughter or a dancing girl or a honey-voiced hottie. She’s a drink that was wildly popular in the days just before news of Prohibition hit in 1919. When the prudes in police gear took over, thousands of Americans headed south to Mexico, where they first encountered that most tantalizing of liquid treats – tequila. Turns out that the locals had taken a liking to the Americans’ Daisy, but switched out the brandy for their beloved tequila.

Critics cry foul on the Daisy theory, arguing that the Daisy and the Margarita are two completely different drinks with completely different ingredients save for the ice. And it does seem a bit curious that Margarita is supposedly the Spanish version of Marjorie, Peggy Lee AND Daisy.

No matter the origin, the Margarita is a favorite libation that’s here to stay. Lots of variations exist and our new Golden Margarita is TauBu’s own tasty twist. So raise a frosty bottle, make a toast and enjoy National Margarita Day. Start by visiting the National Margarita Day website and locating a celebration near you. You can bet the TauBu Girls will be partying somewhere. Enjoy!

Talk about Your TauBu Attitude – Austrian, French Daredevil Race to Make First Human Space Dive

Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner plans an edge-of-space dive that could help scientists and engineers develop next-generation full pressure suits. Photo: Red Bull

If you’re a TauBu fan and an adrenaline junkie, you’ve probably heard of Michael Fournier and Felix Baumgartner. One is a 67-year-old retired French Air Force colonel and adventurer who claims more than 8,700 jumps. The other is a 45-year-old former Austrian soldier, commercial helicopter pilot and stunt coordinator who looks a bit like a roughed-up Mark Walhberg and claims a number of first and record feats.  These include a parachute dive from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, a B.A.S.E. jump from the hand of the Christ the Redeemer statute in Rio de Janeiro and a freefall across the English Channel using a specially made fibre wing.

Both men are revered by adrenaline addicts. Both claim at least one record that someone else disputes. And both intend to become the first parachutist to land a sky dive from 23 to 25 miles above the earth and break the sound barrier. If either (or both) of these daredevils succeeds and survives, the data collected could help jumpstart the development of life-saving techniques and protocols for astronauts.

Retired French Air Force Col. Michael Fournier has been attempting a human space dive since 1998.

Fournier began his quest in 1998 when the French space agency chose him to conduct a record jump designed to test the ability of astronauts to survive reentry without a space craft. The project was cancelled, but Fournier was hooked on the idea. He spent $20 million of his own cash in privately-funded attempts in 2003, 2008 and 2010 – all botched by parachute or balloon problems. Another attempt reportedly will happen this year.

Meanwhile, Baumgartner is working with a team of scientists to make a 23-mile jump from, quite literally, the edge of space later this year or in 2013. The “Stratos” mission was put on hold for a bit while sponsor Red Bull settled out-of-court with a guy who filed suit claiming the company had jacked his idea. But earlier this month, several publications reported that the show is back on. If it’s successful, it’ll not only give Baumgartner serious bragging rights, but it’ll also provide scientific data on next-generation full pressure suits.

We here at TauBu can’t wait to see which of these guys lands that history-making jump first. Which one do you thing will be the first to lay claim to the first human space dive? Post your guess on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

Banff Mountain Film Festival & Radical Reels Tours Feature TauBu-Style Feats

The Banff Mountain Film Festival's World Tour and Radical Reels Tour are designed just for the mountain-loving adrenaline junkie.

Mountains have always been a favorite terrain of extreme athletes and adventurers – those living the TauBu lifestyle. But if you can’t make it to the mountain, there’s a good chance the mountain is coming to you by way of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and its Radical Reels Tour.

Banff is a town located within Canada’s Banff National Park in Alberta. It’s situated above Bow Falls and is surrounded by mountains, notably Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay and Cascade Mountain. In short, it’s an adventure lover’s dream.

Each November, the Banff Centre, an arts, cultural and educational institution, hosts the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, featuring independent films, books and photo exhibits focused on mountain life, culture, environment, exploration and sports. After the festival closes, the top films are sent out to venues around the globe. Many of the 635 screenings in 32 countries benefit local outdoor programs and causes such as climbing clubs, adaptive sports programs, conservation groups and search and rescue operations.

For the extreme sports nuts, Banff festival organizers in 2004 launched the Radical Reels Tour, which hits more than 50 locations across Canada and the U.S. These festival selections directly target the adrenaline junkies and focus on climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding and other mountain sports. Radical Reels Tour screenings also benefit local programs and causes.

If you’re in the mood for a cinematic adrenaline rush, check the festival’s website for tour stops and screenings near you. In the meantime, pop the top on a can of Midnite Berry, Evil Apple or Wicked Punch and check out this preview. And if you’ve got some great mountain adventure/sport footage of your own, we want to see it. Post it on the TauBu Beer Facebook fan page.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the TauBu Lover

TauBu Girls share their top Valentine's Day gift ideas.

Got your lover a Valentine’s Day gift yet? The TauBu Girls share what they want and what they’re getting their guys for day set aside just for lovers.

TauBu Girl Ginny loves a bit of romantic tradition spiced up with a touch of the wild. She’s hoping for a trip to Jungle Island in South Florida for a few hours of behind-the-scenes mingling with the lions and tigers and bears – Oh, my! Ok, maybe not the lions and tigers and bears, but definitely the red-ruffed lemurs, capuchin monkeys and Andean condors. Street cred earned by coming face-to-face with the cassowary, known as the most legal bird on the planet. Looks a little like an emu but rocks a middle toe claw capable of severing an arm or slicing open an abdomen. Survive that, and you get a romantic champagne lunch overlooking a flamingo exhibit. If you’re nowhere near South Florida, no worries. Lots of zoos and wildlife sanctuaries nationwide offer similar Valentine’s Day events and specials.

TauBu Girl Anna‘s guy is gonna get a big surprise for Valentine’s Day. He has no idea that the two are going to take the plunge. No – not marriage. Extreme sports fan Anna’s arranged for a tandem bungee jumping experience. They’ll embrace each other lovingly while they take an adrenaline-pumping plunge off the side of a bridge with only an elastic cord wrapped around their ankles. Okay, that “loving embrace” might feel more like a full-body death grip. But you can bet the amorous couple will be smiling when it’s over.

TauBu Girl Courtney is a bit of a traditional gal. She wants the flowers, the candlelit dinner, something sparkly and a romantic stroll down some artsy alley. And she’s already picked up a sexy little nightie from the TauBu store online.

Got a sweet, slightly taboo Valentine’s Day gift idea? TauBu wants to hear it. Post your ideas on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

Meet Ginny: February 2012 TauBu Girl

February 2012 TauBu Girl Ginny Gunn.

Ginny Gunn landed her first professional photo shoot less than three years ago. History in the making, as they say. Her career since has exploded, making Ginny a sought-after international print, cover, promotional, brand and spokesmodel. She’s also dabbled in acting and is a fitness devotee who writes a blog doling out exercise, diet and supplementation tips to ladies who long to look as great as she does. And she’s our February 2012 TauBu Girl.

If you think you’ve seen Ginny before, you very likely have. She’s graced the covers and pages of Maxim (where she was a Cary, North Carolina Hometown Hotties semifinalist), TheBubbleMagazine.com, HockeyHotChicks.com, and Flisted.com, where she was an “Afternoon Delight” featured model. She also appears on the cover of Country band Hellbound Glory’s new album, Damaged Goods; landed a nomination for the 2011 Carolina Music Awards Model of the year title; and took home the 2010 Miss Look Swimwear International title. And she’s a spokesmodel for Swole Sports Nutrition.

Outside of the camera’s frame, Ginny is a ferocious hockey fan, a deep sea fishing enthusiast, a fan of scary movies and an amazing cook. She swears her sexiest feature is her eyes, but guesses that men would say it’s her abs. We say this 5’1″ 95-pound blonde has a whole list of sexiest features. Too bad for you – she’s off the market with a husband and a toddler.

Be sure to take a look at Ginny’s pics. And if you think you’ve got what it takes to be our next TauBu Girl, sign up and send us your pics.

TauBu Beer Makers Give Props for Best Movie Publicity Stunt Ever

"Chronicle" hits movie theaters nationwide tonight, after one of the most memorable viral publicity stunts ever.

New Yorkers are a notoriously tough crowd. They’ve seen it all and then some, so impressing them is no easy task. That’s why the publicity team for the new movie Chronicle (about a group of teens who get in touch with their dark sides after discovering they have super powers) knew they had to do something big – something that would go viral – something that would not only impress, but maybe even convince onlookers that superpowers really do exist.

Okay – maybe that last one is pushing it just a little. But we here at TauBu think the prank that Chronicle‘s pushers came up with proved pretty spectacular. It happened this past weekend when New Yorkers traipsing the sidewalks or peering out windows looked up to see three “flying people” making like Superman over the Hudson River. Out came smartphones by the dozens and within minutes, video went viral.

From a distance, the three flying figures looked like actual people, onlookers said. If they truly had been living, breathing humans – well, that’s the only thing that would have made this prank a notch cooler. In fact, they were highly sophisticated, battery-powered, radio-controlled units made of dacron/carbon fiber, says James Percelay, co-founder of Thinkmodo, a company that specializes in creating viral publicity campaigns. Six-feet tall but weighing only five pounds, the flying people were operated by three tech geeks who are members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and have mad remote-control skills. They practiced flying for two days in Long Island before landing city permits and taking their expertise to New York City.

People lucky enough to catch the stunt live say it looked like an aerial ballet – so much so that they were almost disappointed when they learned they figures weren’t people in wingsuits after all. The jig was up when one flyer lost battery power, took a dive into the Hudson and had to be fished out by the NYC Harbor patrol.

In any case, Chronicle, which hits theaters nationwide tonight, is expected to have a massive box office turnout. TauBu Girl Edita plans to be first in line in her town. So that got us to thinking. If you could plan a viral publicity stunt for TauBu, what would it entail? Pop open a can of Midnite Berry, Evil Apple or Wicked Punch and enjoy these videos of the flying people stunt and the Chronicle trailer. Then, post your craziest ideas for a TauBu viral campaign stunt on our Facebook fan page. Who knows? We just might pick yours.

Check out the Chronicle publicity stunt featuring “people planes” flying over the Hudson River…

And the Chronicle trailer…