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26Blind pig

A "blind pig" was a lower-class establishment that sold alcohol during Prohibition (in contrast to a higher-class "speakeasy"). The owner would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law. - Source


27. The originator (William Griffith Wilson) of AA (alcoholics anonymous) asked for whiskey on is deathbed, but the nurse didn't give it to him.- Source


28. The Austrian wine market collapsed in 1985 when it was discovered that winemakers were adding antifreeze to artificially sweeten the wine. - Source


29. During prohibition in the US, an exemption was made for whiskey prescribed by a doctor and sold through a pharmacy. The Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 500 during this period, from 1920 to 1933. - Source


30. Smirnoff Vodka's creator Pyotr Smirnov launched his brand to quick success in 1864 by giving panhandlers food and drink in return for asking them to fan out around the city of Moscow, demanding Smirnoff Vodka at local bars. - Source


31Cesium-137

Prior to the first nuclear bomb detonation in July of 1945, isotopes such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 simply did not exist in nature. Pieces of art and bottles of wine created before 1945 can be tested for cesium. If they contain traces of cesium, they would almost certainly be fake. - Source


32. A theme park (Išgyvenimo Drama) in Lithuania recreates life as a USSR citizen. Visitors have their belongings confiscated, wear gas masks, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem. Their reward is a shot of vodka. - Source


33. The Hans island is a disputed territory between Canada and Denmark. The militaries of both countries periodically visit the island to remove the other country’s flag and leave a bottle of Danish schnapps or Canadian whiskey. - Source


34. Before Champagne became popular, fizz in wine was considered a bad thing and benedictine monk Dom Perignon worked to eliminate it. Wines from Champagne had a tendency to fizz because early frosts often led to incomplete fermentation during the manufacturing process.- Source


35. Dr. Soren Sorensen (Danish chemist) developed the pH scale in order to test the acidity of beer to ultimately make better beer.


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36Ernest Shackleton

In 2007, workers in Antarctica discovered several perfectly preserved crates of Scotch Whiskey left behind by Ernest Shackleton (Polar explorer) in 1909. - Source


37. A man named Joe Lentini in New Jersey was charged $3750 for a bottle of wine, ordering it after a waitress told him that it was "thirty-seven fifty". - Source


38. The Ancient Babylonians took their beer so seriously, if a brewer was found to be watering down his beer, he'd either be drowned in the barrel or forced to keep drinking it till he died. - Source


39. The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. “According to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees. - Source


40. One reason menus list a very expensive wine or specialty food item is to make everything else on the menu seem more reasonable, causing diners to spend more than they normally would.


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41Texan wine

A Texas A&M study invited people to taste wines labeled "France," "California," and "Texas," and while nearly all ranked the French as best, in fact, all three were the same Texan wine. - Source


42. Scientists in Mexico turned tequila into diamonds by heating a cheap shot to 800 degrees Celsius. At that temp, it vaporized and broke down into its atomic constituents, producing a fine layer of carbon crystal structures identical to diamonds on nearby metal trays.- Source


43. Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income. - Source


44. If you or your pet have accidentally consumed antifreeze, vodka can be used as an antidote. - Source


45. 10,000 light years away from Earth, there is a huge cloud of alcohol (Sagittarius B). It is 1000 times larger than the diameter of our solar system and contains enough alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints. To drink all of it, everyone on Earth would have to drink 300,000 pints each day for 1 billion years. - Source


46Whiskey boom

There is a whiskey boom in the state of Washington. Coupled with its more lax distilling laws, Washington is very similar to Scotland with its wet, temperate climate and arable coastal locations that make for an ideal place to grow barley for whiskey. - Source


47. 25% of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-50s, mainly due to vodka. - Source


48. Beer Labels in the United States are approved or rejected by a single bureaucrat, Kent "Battle" Martin, who has been called the "Beer Bottle Dictator". - Source


49. In the 1500s, British sailors would receive rations of rum as partial payment. To ensure the rum wasn’t watered down, they would measure the proof by dousing gunpowder with it, and then test to see if the gunpowder would ignite. The gunpowder would only ignite if the rum was greater than 57% alcohol by volume. - Source


50. When Teddy Roosevelt was a young child, doctors prescribed him whiskey and cigars to relieve his severe asthma. - Source

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