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Whiskey Town, USA?

For reasons we're still unclear on - not that we're arguing - the Bushmills Irish Whiskey company has named Portland (yes, this one) one of three finalists in a nationwide search for a "Twin City" for the 1300-person town of Bushmills, on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland.

See, it's the 400th anniversary of the granting of Bushmills's license to distill whiskey (perhaps granted on April 20, 1608), and the distillers have sobered up long enough to think of others' interest in the water of life.

They're picking the winning "twin" of Bushmills by popular vote online, so you know it's a real democratic effort. (It may end up being far more representative than November's presidential election.)

So if you're 21 or older, head on over to the Bushmills Web site and vote for the Bushmills Twin City. (If you go to the company's front page, the links there don't work, so you have to go to the exact right page, which we have painstakingly dug up for you.) You can also enter to win a trip to Bushmills, which is actually a very nice place, and very close to some really incredible coastal scenery: the Giants' Causeway.

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