How New World Wine Resurrects Old Religion
I used to be a regular at a wine bar in San Clemente, a beach town in California where my wife and I lived when we were first married. The ‘Tuscan’ decor of the place was a little too vivid for my taste, but the wine was priced right and the owner was a great conversationalist. He would tell us stories from behind the bar about his travels to vineyards in Chile and New Zealand, and he had a charming populist streak. When people got too pretentious about the wine, he would roll his eyes and say: ‘Relax, it’s just a beverage.’
He was wrong about that, of course. Since its invention more than 8,000 years ago, wine has always been more than just a beverage.
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jul 16, 2014 -
photographed for an ad against overindulgence.
"After a stressful week, Friday and Saturday are the days when hard-working Japanese men and women 'let their hair down' by taking part in post-work 'drinking until you drop,' says Yaocho Bar Group, which launched the alcohol awareness campaign.
Combined with a low alcohol tolerance common among the Asian population, consequences of the wild weekend partying can be less than ideal." [more inside]
posted by ChuckRamone
on Jun 3, 2014 -
, over 35,000 people amassed in NYC
to participate in SantaCon, a New York City tradition since 1994, SantaCon is a pub-crawl where people dress up like Santa.
In the past few years, it has been associated, however, with public drunkenness
, mob like behavior
, and even sexual assault. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Dec 13, 2013 -
Ali Spagnola's Synonyms for Drunk
is a remarkably catchy song featuring 91 words for "Drunk" in less than one minute. [slyt]
posted by quin
on Jul 7, 2012 -
"I'll break down to you exactly what happened, a play-by-play account. I came home, unbelievably intoxicated, I mean beyond drunk. I couldn't even, let's say, upload a video to Youtube. Then I walked upstairs and spotted in the hallway a video camera atop a tripod, pointed toward the floor. I had no choice. The only viable move was for me to start singing Kiss From a Rose to my cat
, who I am very clearly abusing physically."
posted by yellowbinder
on Jul 5, 2012 -
In 1933, Anthony Marino, Joe Murphy, Frank Pasqua and Dan Kriesberg decided to make money by taking out life insurance on drunks and then letting the victims drink themselves to death. Then they encountered Mike Malloy...
posted by reenum
on Nov 11, 2011 -
Recently, there have been a host of websites that delight in exposing the inanity and stupidity of our society. There is the granddaddy, Overheard in New York
, which recounts silly conversations heard in the Big Apple, as well as a host of similar
There are now a variety of such websites, dedicated to different aspects of our society. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jul 28, 2009 -
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]
posted by nitsuj
on Sep 26, 2008 -
Too pissed to drive?
("An interactive urinary experience - not to be mistaken with the Wii.") Those naughty but practical Germans have come up with a way to discourage men from driving drunk using a video game embedded in a urinal. I don't know how successful it's been in the real world, but it did win a silver Clio
award for Innovative Use of Technology
. If you don't plan to be in a Frankfurt bar any time soon, or if you lack the necessary equipment
to play, you can try the wee-free simulation here
posted by maudlin
on May 19, 2008 -
Make mine Maakies
Tony Millionaire (who also does related comic Sock Monkey
) has all of his sea-faring katzenjammers online.
No direct links (curse you, frames!) but you can browse from here
. The later ones are better (especially in the 540 range), but all are fun.
posted by klangklangston
on Aug 5, 2006 -