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Inebriation and Intoxicants

A Regular Shortcut

Perhaps no one had ever complained before.

Macon Chronicle-Herald - Feb 6, 1954



Suspect Tipsy Driver Took Wrong Short Cut
AUBURN, Ind. (AP)—Carl Wilder, 39, of Pleasant Lake, Ind., was charged with drunken driving Saturday after his truck went through a farmyard, ran over a farmer's automobile and destroyed 100 yards of fence.
Wilder told doubting police: "I always take this short cut."
Police suspected he was thinking about a gravel road a half mile away.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1950's

Drunk-O-Meter Test Fizzles

A great moment in the history of science. Arkansas, 1956.

Corsicana Daily Sun - June 8, 1956



'Drunk-O-Meter' Test Is Fizzle: Man Passes Out
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., June 8 — An attempt to test the accuracy of the "Drunk-O-Meter," a device used to measure the degree of intoxication of a person, ended in failure at Hot Springs.
The reason—the man engaged to get drunk for science passed out before he could be measured.
The experiment was conducted by police at the request of the judges' council, an official unit of the Arkansas Bar Association.
The man drank over a 20-hour period. In that time he consumed four half pints of wine, two half pints of whiskey, four half pints of "moonshine" liquor, and a half pint of vodka.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 19, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Science, Experiments, 1950's

Florida Man Beer

I don't think there are many weird-news-themed beers. But back in March, Cigar City Brewing of Tampa created a special batch of Florida Man beer. It's an IPA with hints of grapefruit, mango and passion fruit. However, they made only 3,000 bottles that sold for $9 each at select retail locations in Florida. So probably all gone.

Are there any other foods or beverages named after weird-news themes?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jun 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Lost Inhibitions Wine

Church & State wines offers a product line they call "Lost Inhibitions." The bottles are printed with "evocative" messages in bright block lettering on the labels. They say the wines are "Made to enjoy with friends, family and great food." Yes, I can see a nice family dinner sharing a bottle of "Hashtag This Mother F#cker."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Cure for Drunks

Give them Bogg's Tawny Port. It tastes like alcohol, but it's really cocaine syrup.


via The Beautiful New
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 10, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Addictions, Inebriation and Intoxicants

An actual case for beer

A few days ago, Paul posted a short film from the 1960s titled "A case for beer." That was using the word 'case' in the sense of an argument or set of facts. But what we have here is an actual case for beer. Available for $50 at perpetualkid.com.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 14, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Beer Maypole

The pagan worship of giant beer bottles. Ad from 1907. [via the Rainier beer collection at flickriver.com]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 30, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1900's

Heidelberg Beer Club

I came across this in the Washington Post (Mar 27, 1892). I like the idea that the ability to drink a gallon of beer in one sitting makes you "beer honorable".

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Nineteenth Century

Alchy the alcoholic hamster

Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment "to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease." She named the hamster "Alchy". The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly "seems to love it." Unfortunately, the news report never followed up on whether McGee was able to cure her hamster of his habit. Nor did it reveal what grade McGee got for her project.

Source: The Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas).

Update: I actually spoke too soon about the lack of a follow-up. Another search revealed that the Salina Journal did report on Apr 25, 1958 that Alchy eventually refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the paper to comment that "the animal has more sense than some people."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 06, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Experiments
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