One of the best parts of watching Mad Men is the perfectly recreated world of 1960s New York. Who doesn’t wish they could simply step into their tvs for a moment and experience the romance of sipping a cocktail in an elegant 60s bar? Guest of a Guest
put together a list of Mad Men inspired locales, consisting of places that have been around since the 1960s as well as their modern counterparts. Here’s everything you need to know to dress, drink, eat, and live like a character out of Mad Men
Ever wonder how the people on Mad Men
make it through the work day while drinking so much? The women of Slate spin-off The XX Factor
gave it a go, and documented the results
. You can listen to their Political Gabfest podcast with a "pie-eyed" Emily Bazelon here
. This topic was discussed recently
In 1977, Nolan Bushnell
allowed Gene Landrum
to bring Chuck E. Cheese [yt]
to life as a family-friendly
access point to Atari games
. This, perhaps, explains
. [more inside]
A retro set of cocktail napkins
showing Eisenhower-era damsels and drunkards, with captions by The Bard. via
On 5 December 1933, 75 years ago today, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment of the United States Constitution, signalling the end of the Prohibition era
Now that the presidential debate is back on
, it's time to prepare by selecting the most appropriate drinking game for tonight's debate. [more inside]
A group of 100 college presidents
has come together
to state that the 21 year-old drinking age is not working, and, specifically, that it has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses. They want to encourage a dialogue about lowering the drinking age. They face opposition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving
and from other college presidents, who accuse them
of 'not wanting to deal with the problem'.
"It is binge drinking. We don't see people who've had just two drinks. People have had 20 shots of vodka."
In central London, "Alternative Response Vehicle - or Booze Bus, as it's more commonly known - draw on their reserves of composure, ingenuity and stoicism to treat more than 20 dazed drunks," over the course of a 12-hour shift. [more inside]
You might have thought a six month hangover
was bad enough but now in 'binge-drink Britain
' there's a reported rise in 'exploding bladders
'... safe for work but you might want to read it with your legs crossed. Or a least spend a penny first
No, not Edward Scissorhands, Edward 40hands.
That's right, I said Edward 40hands.
An interview with Edward 40hands.
(you tube, NSFW, swearing) One difficulty in becoming Edward 40hands.
(you tube, NSFW, bathroom humor) The Edwina 40hands Beauty Contest.
(you tube) A Modest Proposal.
Certainly, the future
of our civilization
is in sure
and (sort of) steady
I have to pee.
(google video)(pee humor)
Washington State Legislature to Allow Dogs in Bars.
And some people
are just not happy about it
in bars. What's the big deal
? Is it a health issue? In more civilized places, like Paris, they have been doing it for years - plague free.
has an interesting new ad campaign out that uses something a lot of designers tend to forget about when putting together a poster: the paper it's printed on
... the eighth young man since 1997
was found dead in the Mississippi River in the La Crosse [Wisconsin] area on Monday.
How sex, rum, World War II, and the brand-new state of Hawaii ignited a fad that has never quite ended. (via
I'm Just Drinking
is Paul Kahn's attempt at making a bartending guide to webcomics. Here you'll learn how to make any one of several Penny Arcade
themes drinks, a Diesel Sweetie
, a VG_Cats
and my personal favorite, a Something Positive
(whose latest comic
is how I came across this project).
Is Cinco De Mayo For Sale By the Alcohol Industry?
In the 1960s, Chicano activists in Colorado promoted a boycott of Coors beer
in response to employment discrimination against Latinos
at Coors breweries. Coors had two problems. They had to fix their image with Latino consumers, and they had to figure out some way to get college students to drink more beer
in May. The solution: start sponsoring Cinco de Mayo!
Thus, even though Mexicans in Mexico celebrate their independence day
on September 15th and 16th, Mexican-Americans are more likely to celebrate the May 5th anniversary of the Battle of the Puebla
, which is not even commemorated with a national holiday in Mexico. In fact, the Battle of the Puebla was a skirmish in the Pastry War
, a French intervention in Mexico that began because a French chef demanded several thousand pesos to compensate him for Mexican military officers looting his pastry supply
A vessel to fill with mirth.
Drinking vessels from days of yore, including Lord Byron's skull cup
, a fuddling cup
, a black jack
(leather cup), a pot crown
( a precursor to the beer helmet
?), and a whistle cup
. The site contains lots of other wine history
as well. Ah, but they didn't have lover's cups
back then. (via Cynical-C)
A strange ritual
is played out in Choupic, Louisiana on Mardi Gras day. Something similar happens in Prague
on Easter Monday too. [via]
State of the Union Drinking Game
Its that time of year again, and it seems to get bigger (and more partisan) each time. Now Kos has one
, as does Arianna Huffington
. Here's another
, and another
ExtraTasty, Please Hope Me!
I'm throwing a party
, but I've little more than vodka
, a marshmallow
and some cocoa
. No problem
! The idea is simple enough. Search by tags, by beverages or just enter the current contents of your bar to discover user-submitted combinations and cocktails. The offerings are a little paltry right now (only three entries for vermouth?)
, but I'm confident that further exposure to the right crowd
in a massive alcoholic corpus not seen since the Potent Potables section of The Library At Alexandria fell into ruin. (A new idea from the people who brought you Threadless T-shirts.)
AAA of Northern California
will give you a ride home, and tow your car for free tonight. Good in Norcal, Utah and Nevada.
Have a safe one all.
I had never heard of the Hash House Harriers
("the drinking club with a running problem") until a friend clued me in. Now I don't know how I had missed them! They're certainly very visible
-- and audible
. Here's how it works
. Their origins
are in the British expat community in Kuala Lumpur, but nowadays they are everywhere
One of their key ingredients
is a bit problematic
in this post-9/11 world, but they are adaptable
M. Scott Peck: I'm a prophet, not a saint M. Scott Peck, author of the ultimate self-help manual, has Parkinson’s and his wife of 43 years has walked out.
Interesting profile of M. Scott Peck, the best-selling self-help author who preached self-discipline and delayed gratification despite being a smoker, a drinker, and an adulterer.
Via Bookslut. (Possibly nsfw drawing of nude woman.)
Alcohol and the State of the Union.
The most painless - or painful - way to get through the State of the Union address. I know, it was briefly discussed two years ago
, but I thought we could all use a refresher. Hey, I clicked on that link and ended up playing the game. It was much more fun than undiluted politics. This one
is harder, you have to wear costumes; and last years
is a little better written, but just not as concise and to the point.
NYC man pledges to visit 1000 bars in 2005.
That's an average of about three per day, and as of yesterday he was already up to 135. Pray for his liver.
The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. Our Idiotarod is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it's New York City.
Shot In Our Name.
Seattle's arts weekly The Stranger graphically expresses popular sentiment this day in urban America.
"Not My Head!"
Drinking games based on movies or television shows are legion
, but surely the most epic, erudite, witty, and hangover-inducing is "Not My Head": the "I, Claudius Drinking Game"
! Whether or not you've ever seen the 13 part BBC series
on which it's based, the rules
are quite simple—and since every episode
contains plenty of banishments
, and orgies
, you can be sure you'll be working through those bottles of red wine pretty quickly. Dress as your favorite character
for extra debauched realness - and remember, you can't tell the players without a scorecard
! (Especially when you're drunk.)
weight loss and exercise... Those who like their booze also like their nicotine. People who drink to excess also tend to be chronic smokers, and a new report suggests the combination of the two might prove more toxic than either one alone. a small study found chronic smoking + alcohol dependence = increased severity of brain damage. The frontal lobes (short-term storage sites) turn out to be the most damaged. A separate study used rats to show that alcoholism and excessive food intake may share the same chemical pathways in the brain.
has the HealthDayNews report that focuses mainly on the smokes, MSNBC
looks more at the eats. They also have an interesting Addictions Sections
. Could it be that some folks are just prone to addictions and everyone settles on something different?
The Anti-Booty Call Cell Phone
Because good judgment, heavy intoxication and raging libidos rarely go hand in hand, a new phone from Virgin will allow you to selectively "turn off" phone numbers you might be likely to dial while in a drunken and horny stupor. Thus saving you the embarrassment of calling your ex and instead sending you over to her place because you think her phone's busted.
On second thought, maybe this phone isn't such a great idea.
Two Writers Drinking, Sitting Around, Talking About Stuff.
That about says it! Two online veterans get drunk and exchange e-mails. (An ongoing series. The above link is part one. Part two is here
, and part three can be found right here
). (Via Maud
The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages
can be read in its entirety (abt. 250Kb) on the Web. (For those of you in Rio Linda, a dittohead is a Rush Limbaugh fan.) But Britt Gillette has also self-published his book and wants you to make his dreams come true by buying it on Amazon. It's got hilarious drink names in it, like "Caller Abortion
" (a stunt Limbaugh used on his show -- complete with the sound of a vacuum cleaner), "Feminazi Frazzle
," and "John F-ing Kerry
." The recipes look like they'd make tasty drinks, but I think I'll pass on the purchase. Who really needs a novelty, right-wing drink recipe book?
The AWOL Machine
- a new way to party. Just incase you have trouble getting drunk.
Sometimes bars give you a free beer on election night after you come in and show proof that you have voted. If you're wondering whether your local watering hole will be awarding your civic duty, check out Election Night Drink Specials
. Exercise your rights in this democracy, increase voter turnout, and
get drunk for free. It's projects like these that make me proud to be an American.
From all over
the media has recently attacked us
'bout the hangover cure made from extract of cactus
Taken hours before drinking, may ward off the curse...
...but only Charles Osgood has reported in verse
It's time to send the team home:
"England has bred a contemporary culture of immoderation at every level, with particular reference to drinking and fighting. The recent Panorama
programme on weekend binge-drinking in city centres provided a wake-up call, as should the novelist Andrew O'Hagan's admirable essay
on current British attitudes to masculinity, reprinted in yesterday's G2." (via The Guardian)
FOUND AT LAST. In Yorkshire
, amongst sheep. Tastes pretty good
There are numerous reasons proffered to drink juice. It's easier to drink a small serving of juice than to eat a large serving of fruits
and vegetables; that much is intuitive. An
claims that juicing frees nutrients
otherwise could not be absorbed, cites 1940s research that chlorophyll can aid in hemoglobin synthesis, and claims that 1 cup of carrot
juice has the nutritional content of 4 cups of chopped carrots (although cranking the numbers
[pdf] gives an answer closer to 2 cups.) Skeptics argue that
much of this talk is hype, correctly noting that juice is not a miracle disease cure as some hucksters claim, and that by juicing you are discarding beneficial fiber
absurd juicing claims aside, is there any reason needed beyond the great taste? [more inside]
Nice Whisk(e)y: Shame About The Size!
Behold a wonderful, almost infinitely explorable repository of miniature bottles of whisk(e)y; a Japanese one-guy Smithsonian that's quite probably the only resort for those looking for labels of ancient and/or abandoned delights. American straight whiskey fanatics (like me) will be specially surprised. Worth exploring, though exploration isn't easy: it's full of unexpected riches, but never easily had. [Previously offered in the course of a classic languagehat post.
How much alcohol have YOU consumed in your life? Take the "drink-o-meter"
test. (Flash) I rated a "Homer Simpson", which means I could fill a few bathtubs, but haven't quite spent the Ferrari money. Something tells me that many of MeFi's finest will bury my score...via the Sporting Press.