Whoa! Gag! They did what??
"The history of drinking urine for therapeutic purposes dates back at least to the Holy Roman Empire when great urinal troths were erected in the public squares......"
courtesy of WFMU
posted by protocool
on Sep 26, 2002 -
Water for thought.
Is 8ouncesx8glasses a day a myth at best or a beverage industry conspiracy at worst? "I did 43 years of research on that system -- the osmoregulatory system. That system is so precise and so fast that I find it impossible to believe that evolution left us with a chronic water deficit"
..just drink enough to slake thirst -- and this includes coffee, tea, and even beer
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 10, 2002 -
Man and his family booted off airplane after asking if pilots were sober.
Hans von Schweinitz, on his way to go fishing in Canada, asked one of the flight crew whether the pilots had taken a sobriety test. They hadn't. A blood alcohol test kit was sent for. Two and a half hours later, with the plane sitting there on the tarmac, the pilots were found to be clean. Then they ordered von Schweinitz and his family to get off the plane, while the other passengers cheered.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jul 16, 2002 -
Does Beer Really Equal Democracy Equal The U.S.A? Max Rudin's
somewhat wild assumptions only make this article of his more interesting. But is it true that beer in North America overtakes all the usual class, status and income boundaries? If so, it certainly sets it apart from Europe, where all the old preconceptions and habits still prevail and (at least in the Southwest) a glass of wine is always cheaper than a beer. So I guess the question here is: just how political
can beer be? [As a chaser, the British expert Michael Jackson's list of the ten great beers of America seems authoritative and tempting, if a tad disloyal to the cask-conditioned real, live ales of England and Scotland...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 15, 2002 -
Beer makes me smart...Beer, me make art
After trying to make little "Golden Child" men out of Bud Lite cans Saturday, I checked the web for other beer inspired artforms. The results are range from the folky-Beer Label
art to cozy beer bottle
homes and dangerous beer can guns
. Even cash can be made...for hilarious rent woes
... to Big $$$ as with David Hockney's Pearl Blossom Highway
currently at the Getty Museum. Anyone else inspired by beer?
posted by hellinskira
on Apr 8, 2002 -
The Philadelphia Daily News has recently covered
a series of articles
on "Malternatives," those hard liquor laced beverages like hard lemonades and vodka based alterna-beers that have sprung up in the last year. Even though they contain 100% distilled alcohol, they are taxed as beer
, saving Smirnoff over $80 million in taxes last year alone. Among their other advantages for manufacturers, they get to advertise on TV and be placed for sale next to milder forms of alcohol, dodging laws against hard liquor. Is this a boon for the industry or deceptive practices?
posted by mathowie
on Mar 29, 2002 -
"Children Drink 25% of Alcohol Consumed in the U.S."
At least according to the attention-grabbing headline of a press release recently issued by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. The only problem is that it wasn't true
. The organization had miscalculated the data, and the figure was actually closer to 11%. It was also misleading
, since the word "children" included 18, 19, and 20 year-olds (who presumably do most of the drinking). Aside from yet another lesson in the inherent malleability of statistics, what conclusions should we draw from this study? Should we accept that teenagers are going to drink, and teach moderation? Or is stricter enforcement of the 21 age-limit the way to go? I'm also interested in the views of those living in (more enlightened?) countries with a lower drinking age.
posted by pardonyou?
on Mar 1, 2002 -
For Lent, I'm Giving Up Not Drinking Cocktails - What About You?
I collect cocktail books but there are two web sites* that are just as good as the best bartender's bible. The first is Dale DeGroff's
. The second, sadly discontinued but still invaluable, is Paul Harrington's
. Both are very personal and reveal a deep knowledge and love of this quintessentially American and civilized art form. Cocktails
may very well be the only truly democratic and universally accessible pastime. They can be made at home quite cheaply by anyone and be just as delicious as the very best served in the very best bar to the richest imbiber in the world. Not to mention their incredible Valentine's Day
potential... so what's it to be, pal? *Webtender, Drinkboy and Esquire's cocktail guides pale by comparison
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 13, 2002 -
So When Can The Boy Start Drinking Then?
From February 1 you'll have to be 16 to order an alcoholic drink in Portugal. We Portuguese were the last bastion in Europe - with no age limit at all - but have finally given in the to pressures from the European Union. Yet young people here enjoy drinking but rarely get drunk.
Age limits vary wildly
all over the world and the debate on the ideal drinking age
rages on. The U.S. is still the strictest country of all. And yet public displays(and tacit approval)of drunkenness seem to be far more prevalent in the stricter countries than in those who have more liberal legislation. So what should be the minimum drinking age
? [The main link, in Portuguese, refers to the political battles that preceded the new law. Interestingly, it reports the Portuguese government resisted EU pressure to limit 16-year-olds to beer and wine, more or less saying "alcohol is alcohol - you can get drunk on anything - so it would be silly to limit young people's choices."
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jan 25, 2002 -
has now moved into day 2. Last night was cold shakes and sweats. It was great fun with the boys
, but still...
would be gratefully received.
posted by Frasermoo
on Oct 9, 2001 -
Are you drinking too much?
Daniel Lieberman is a psychiatrist at George Washington University who has posted a clinically-tested questionnaire which measures personal relationships with the demon drink. Unlike the usual amateur "are you an alcoholic?" tests on the Net it seems methodologically sound and non-judgemental. I don't know about scientific - but it may actually be useful in a Socratic, "know yourself" sort of way.
It does take about 10 minutes to fill out - enough for half a gin and tonic - but it's free, well set out, and will probably leave you feeling slightly less guilty about your drinking habits than before.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 11, 2001 -
give up lunchtime milk, pop, and fruit drinks for low-alcohol beer. Once I got over my "American sensibilities" this seems like a good idea.
posted by skallas
on Jun 28, 2001 -
Can advertisers get more stupid?
I hope so. I find this entertaining. Bud Light is carding people at the door to their website. Refrigerator door, that is! Type in your birthdate, and enter the fridge. And no fair cheating
you juvenile delinquents! Anyone wanna share other Stupid Advertiser Tricks they've found?
I don't know why I care. I drink vodka.
posted by ZachsMind
on May 2, 2001 -
Kids' bad habits blamed on movies
I too sneered and thought this was going to be another attack on media as the root cause of all problems. But the stats suggest a correlation that should be given some serious thought. Not talking about guns and school shootings but rather smoking and drinking. But then what of dope?
posted by Postroad
on Mar 26, 2001 -
Coca-Cola on tap at home?
New recipies that include "2 cups of Coca-Cola"? Taking this a step further makes it interesting, with all manner of juices being available on-call.
posted by pnevares
on Mar 19, 2001 -
Happy New Year!
It's not too early to think about your safety and well-being at the New Year's bash you're planning on attending (or hosting).
posted by ethmar
on Dec 28, 2000 -
The Shmaltz Brewing Company
out of San Francisco is the brewer of He'brew, the Chosen Beer. Be sure to try the Sammy Davis, Jr., which is a cocktail of Guinness floating atop He'brew Genesis Ale. L'Chaim!
posted by tdecius
on Oct 10, 1999 -