Red, red wine

Hey, wait a minute — they drink wine in North Carolina? More than $300,000 of elite wine stolen from the famed French Laundry restaurant in California’s Napa Valley has been found in a private wine cellar in North Carolina.

The cache of prized vintages migh never have been located had the alleged thieves remembered to camouflage it with a protective layer of Two-Buck Chuck and Yellow Tail Shiraz.

Happy motoring: For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, which leaves consumers with extra money for luxuries like Two-Buck Chuck and Yellow Tail Shiraz.

Experts agree the price of oil eventually will rise. That’s good news for the petrostate of Saudi Arabia, which was forced to choose the $650 budget funeral alternative option for the recently deceased King Abdullah.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1935, canned beer was sold for the first time, in Richmond, Virginia.

Also on this day in 1935, a frat boy at the nearby University of Virginia gave himself a concussion by draining a can of beer in a single gulp, then attempting to crush the steel can by smashing it against his forehead.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff