No water for 25 years

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]

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 25, 2013
     Category: Eccentrics | Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages | 1930s | Alcohol

At least SOMEONE knows what fish do in water!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/25/13 at 09:20 AM
W.C. Fields used to say "I NEVER drink water, That stuff rusts pipes!" :lol:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 04/25/13 at 09:49 AM
This raises a lot of questions. US Prohibition: Jan.16, 1919 thru Dec.5,1933. 15 years. My guess, because of the grapevine picture, he stayed hydrated with wine (~88% water). And he lived in a cool climate. Cocktails? He must have had a good "source" to avoid the methanol poisoning that was rampant at that time.
Posted by Roland on 04/25/13 at 11:50 AM
It is so funny how people are so accepting of claims with little to no proof. Although if it is published in the newspaper it must be true.

If I didn't have such a developed sense of ethics I could be a very rich man.
Posted by KDP on 04/25/13 at 11:52 AM
As long as we're doing W. C. Fields quotes, a couple of my favorites:
"You can't trust water, even a straight stick gets bent in it!"
"Some nefarious scoundrel has stolen the cork from my lunch!"
Posted by Captain DaFt on 04/25/13 at 12:05 PM
@Roland As a dentist, I'm guessing he had access to "medicinal" alcohol throughout prohibition.
Posted by Alex on 04/25/13 at 12:55 PM
Agree with KDP. Unfortunately those of us who DO have a developed sense of ethics seem to be on our way to extinction.
Posted by EvilSpaceLordMang on 04/25/13 at 02:35 PM
Actually you need neither food or water:
Posted by BMN on 04/25/13 at 03:04 PM
What did he drink? Soda and milk? lol
Posted by Matt on 04/25/13 at 04:53 PM
I had a liver transplant. Not a replacement but a second one added as I only drink whiskey and coke. :cheese:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/25/13 at 05:58 PM
The WC Fields quote I knew was: "Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish f*** in it."

And: "Once ... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days."
Posted by Harvey on 04/25/13 at 10:58 PM
I wonder who the dirty rat was that slipped the old guy that glass of water. Elder abuse I tell ya!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/25/13 at 11:14 PM
Not much of an advertisement for the Temperance League.
Posted by Harvey on 04/26/13 at 12:41 PM
I've heard tell that beer was invented so people would have something safe to drink in the days before water could be easily purified. Nobody ever got dysentery or cholera from beer.
Posted by tadchem on 04/26/13 at 12:53 PM
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