Ten Thirsty Facts

Alcohol was very prominent in world history, and it is still very prominent in the world today.  Here are some facts that I found and thought were pretty interesting:

  1. Vikings used to use the skulls of people they killed as drinking vessels.  (My favorite one!)
  2. The Uape Indians from the upper Amazon in Brazil mix the ashes of their cremated dead with casiri, their local alcohol, and drink it to honor their dead.
  3. The more educated people are, the more likely they are to drink.
  4. The founder of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)  no longer is a part of the organization.  She resigned when it became more anti-alcohol rather than simply anti-drunk-driving.
  5. In the 1600’s, thermometers were filled with Brandy rather than mercury.
  6. Methyphobia is the fear of alcohol.
  7. Dipsomania is the abnormal craving for alcohol.
  8. The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.
  9. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in a tavern in Philadelphia.
  10. Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment that established Prohibition.

If you ever need a good conversation starter when behind the bar, bring up an interesting fact!  I can be a shy person, and it really gets people talking.