Invented by fresh-out-of-college entrepreneur Don Poynter in 1954, who laughed all the way to the bank since the stuff proceeded to become the best-selling novelty item of the 1950s and 60s, despite the efforts of some states to ban it. But eventually the market was flooded by imitators, at which point Poynter branched out into crossword-puzzle toilet paper and trick lighters, and continued to make oodles of money. [via huckberry.com]
There have been several posts (here and here) on WU about the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. You join the club by going to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, and consuming any drink that has floating in it a severed human toe. Your lips must touch the toe. Finish the drink, and you're a member of the club.
However, the rules clearly state that you CANNOT chew, swallow, or otherwise damage the toe. If you do, you must pay a fine of $500.
Joshua Clark of New Orleans recently decided that he was willing to pay $500 to be known as the guy that swallowed the toe. So now the Downtown Hotel is looking for a new toe. And they've upped the fine to $2500 to deter any copycats. [Daily Mail]
Auto-Brewery Syndrome was the diagnosis for a 61 year old man who kept turning up drunk without drinking any alcohol. Doctors actually isolated him in the hospital with only food and non-alcoholic beverages they supplied and still his blood alcohol content became elevated. The answer they came up with was that the man's intestinal tract contained so much brewers yeast that it acted as an internal brewery. He was becoming drunk from the inside when he consumed carbs. He was looking for a cure for a disease many people would be trying to catch!
On July 4, 1935, Dr. Walter G. Kendall, 81, drank a glass of water. It was the first glass of water he had drunk in 25 years. He reportedly "suffered no ill effects," and followed it by several cocktails.
In addition to being famous for abstaining from water, Kendall was also a well-known dentist, bicyclist, and horticulturalist. That's him in the pictures below. [image source: here and here]