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This Giant Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch is an Actual Thing

Springtime - when everyone's thoughts turn to warmer weather and a proliferation of Easter candy, most notably in the shape of rabbits, eggs and your favorite actor. Okay, so I made that last bit up - except for how I didn't, really. Thanks to some enterprising chocolatiers and the launch of a new Drama channel on British on-demand service UKTV Play, we now know what everyone's favorite It British Actor of the moment - Benedict Cumberbatch - might look like if he were comprised entirely of chocolate. About 40,000 grams (or ~500 bars) of Belgian chocolate, to be exact.

Did You Know the 'Downton Abbey' Theme Song Has Words?

Everyone knows the oh-so-familiar opening chords of the Downton Abbey credits, right? (Yes, it’s okay if you’re totally humming it in your head right now.)

But, what you probably don’t know is that the distinctive tune that plays as we watch Isis stroll the bucolic estate grounds actually has words that go along with it. Or at least it does now. (And, apparently, has for a while.)

Don Black, an Academy Award-winning English lyricist who penned several of the early James Bond themes, as well as Born Free, for which he won the Oscar for Best Song in 1966, was tasked with coming up with lyrics for one of the most recognizable theme songs in TV today. The name of the Downton theme is officially ‘Did I Make the Most of Loving You?’ and, given the various emotional events of Series 3, may leave fans a little choked up once they read the lyrics.

Surprise: Downton Abbey Wine is Going to Be a Thing

By the time Series 4 of Downton Abbey premieres in America next January, you may be able to sit down and watch the adventures of the Crawley clan with a glass of wine inspired by the show itself. Yes, really.

According to Licensing.biz, Knockout Licensing has teamed with Wines that Rock to create a range of wines inspired by the megahit costume drama. The firm – which already makes Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones wines (apparently that is also a thing?) – will recreate a collection of “vintage” wines meant to emulate the French blends which would have been served by the British aristocracy in the early 1900s.

"We are working with The Dulong Grands Vins De Bordeaux vineyards, which have been in the same family for five generations," Bill Zysblat, co-owner of Wines That Rock, said in a statement. "They have over 130 years of experience in creating the world's best wines so these are wines the Crawley family would have been proud to serve at Downton."

The wine will even be created from grapes in same area that the Crawleys might have imported their own stock from. “Bordeaux Clarets and Bordeaux Blancs bearing the Downton Abbey name will come from grapes grown on the same vines and from the same soil as those from wines in the era depicted in Downton Abbey,” says the press release.

The wine does not have an official release date and will be sold in individual bottles as well as packaged gift sets. While there is no sign that we’ll get what we all really secretly want – which obviously is a bottle with Dame Maggie Smith’s face judging us from the label and pithy quotes from the Dowager Countess emblazoned on the cork – Downton wine should certainly perk up everyone’s viewing parties this January.

Would you drink Downton-branded wine? Or is there something else you’d rather see with the Downton Abbey name on it?

Amazing Internet Things: Alan Rickman Makes the Most Dramatic Cup of Tea Ever

If I were to tell you that watching a seven minute video of Alan Rickman making a cup of tea is probably the coolest thing you will watch today, would you believe me?

Well, you should. Because it’s amazing. Why does this video exist? Where did it come from? I have no idea, but it’s brilliant. Set to that uber-dramatic music from the Inception trailer (you know what I’m talking about), it’s surprisingly not-boring, despite it’s length. What makes Alan so angry? What’s wrong with his tea? Why on earth is he using a tea bag, for heaven’s sake.

Click through and take a look at the sort of awesome silliness the internet was made for.