at its pinnacle.
Russian troops have retrieved 10 tonnes of beer trapped under the Siberian ice after a week-long operation.
I totally have to 'Hawk at this. It's hilarious. Using soldiers to retrieve beer. Words fail me.
A lorry carrying the beer was lost while crossing the frozen River Irtysh, near the city of Omsk, about 2,200 kilometres (1400 miles) from Moscow.
"Lorry". God save the Queen!
According to the map, this beer was out in the middle of nowhere. WHAT were they THINKING?!
The driver managed to jump out after the ice gave way, but the lorry and its cargo sank.
The first sober beer driver I've ever seen.
Six divers, 10 men with electric saws and a tank pulled the beer kegs - but not the truck - to safety.
Well, who needs the truck? There's no BEER in the truck!
With temperatures reaching -27C, the rescue mission was fraught with problems.
Hey, they got more than just problems. Like, an apparent lack of bridges!
Russia's Tass news agency reported that the recovery team eventually managed to pull the vehicle through a hole in the ice.
"First one to free the lorry gets..... a BEER!"
They retrieved the kegs of beer but the rope snapped and the truck slipped back under the water.
The Rosar brewery in Omsk said the freezing temperatures probably kept the quality of the beer from deteriorating and said it will still take the delivery.
Uh, providing it makes it. Those Russian troops could be transporting Paris Hilton and she'd arrive safe. The beer? Dunno.
It plans to sell the beer at a discount.
Discount Russian beer! Sounds like an excuse for a beer blast!