OK, we don’t mean emptying a full mag into the sky — that would be inconsiderate. This year, we’ll celebrate with a different kind of shot from a Kalashnikov: the 82-proof variety.
That’s right, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, inventor of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, has lent his name to a brand of vodka. We don’t know what his licensing fee is, but Kalashnikov hopes that his favorite firewater will, uh, help advance world peace.
“I’ve always thought — and still think — that weapons should serve to promote peace between countries,” he says in a video posted on the Kalashnikov vodka website. “What I’m doing now is promoting this vodka, to strengthen peace and friendship between peoples.”
That’s a nice enough sentiment, so I think I’ll retire the snark for 2009. After the jump, three of Kalashnikov’s high priestesses of peace prepare to usher in 2010. Happy New Year, y’all!