Thursday, May 28, 2009

Interesting Alcohol Facts

Here are some really interesting and fun facts about Alcohol. Hope you enjoy reading them.

The word “toast,” which means wishing good health originated in ancient Rome. A piece of toasted bread was literally dropped into wine back then.

The soil of one of the vineyards in France is considered so precious that it is mandatory for workers to scrape the soil off their shoes before they leave.

Anyone under the age of 21 should be careful of taking out trash bags in Missouri. If you are under 21 and the garbage contains an empty bottle of alcohol, you can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol.

Most people think that drinking alcohol raises the body temperature. Alcohol actually lowers the body temperature.

Here is a little surprise : The national anthem of United States “The Star Spangled Banner,” was written to the tune of a drinking song.

Although “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is considered to be the shortest sentence that includes all the letters of the alphabet, alcohol lovers came up with one of their own “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”

Most vegetable and almost all fruits contain a small amount of alcohol in them.

The first Thanksgiving Day didn’t include mashed potatoes, turkey and all other foods that we usually eat on this particular day. However, there was beer, brandy, gin and wine.

Bourbon, the official drink of United States takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky.

The pressure in a champagne bottle is 90 pounds per square inch, that is three times the pressure in automobile tires.

Adolf Hitler was one of the world’s best known abstainers from alcohol.

Sir Winston Churchill was one of the world’s heaviest drinkers.

The longest permanent bar is 405 feet and 10 inches. It is located in Ohio. Some suggest that the longest bar is in Illinois which is 684 feet.

The first recruiting station of the U.S. Marines was a bar.

The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.

It is illegal to run a “tab” in Iowa (source that we used says running a “tab” in Iowa is illegal. Iowa residents say it is legal. We will go with Iowa residents and rule this one out)

United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the entire world.

The alcohol content of a typical beer, wine or spirits are virtually identical. To a breathalyzer, a drink is a drink is a drink.

Brandy, rum and whisky can be either aged too long or not long enough.

It is estimated that there are 49,000,000 (forty-nine million) bubbles in a bottle of champagne.

Human body produces its own supply of alcohol naturally, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Beer started selling in bottles starting 1850 and in cans starting 1935.

In the 1600’s thermometer used to be filled with brandy instead of mercury.

The term “Dipsomania” refers to abnormal cravings for alcohol.

There is a cloud of alcohol in the outer space which is enough to make four trillion-trillion drinks.

It is illegal to feed alcohol to Moose in Alaska and fish in Ohio.

In some European countries McDonald’s serves alcohol. Some parents like to drink alcohol while kids munch on fries and chicken nuggets. McDonald’s decided they needed all the customers they can get.

Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to students who choose to drink

Distilled spirits such as brandy, gin, rum, tequila, etc. contain no carbohydrates, no fats and no cholesterol of any kind.

A mixed drink that contains carbonated drink is absorbed into the body more quickly than straight shots.

Abraham Lincoln held a liquor license and operated several taverns.

All spirits (unlike beer and wine) are originally clear and colorless. The golden brown and other colors are achieved due to the aging process.

The French Wine “Fat Bastard” is banned in Ohio and Texas. (although the articles we referred to suggested that this was true, many readers have said that you can buy “Fat Bastard” in Texas)

Here is another one we found that relates to Texas : Texas state law prohibits taking more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

The BATF (Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms) prohibits the use of word “refreshing” to describe any alcoholic beverage.


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