Joke: The fly in the beer

Flies love boozing just as much as the next one.

Flies love boozing just as much as the next one.

It’s time for a drinking joke again. Not to give away the clue just yet, but when an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar at the same time, it should lead to a funny situation. So enjoy!

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Cluricauns, the mean drunken cousins of Leprechauns in Irish Folk Tales

A cluricaun in a typical pose, enjoying the good life in someone's cellar.

A cluricaun in a typical pose, enjoying the good life in someone’s cellar.

When asked about Irish folkloric characters, most people won’t get a lot further than leprechauns. You know, those dwarf-sized figures with a big red beard, huge hat and always smoking a pipe. In Irish mythology they were hard workers, who did all kinds of chars (mainly fixing shoes) for people. If they weren’t too busy pulling pranks or guarding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Anyway, this story is not about the leprechauns but their cousins the cluricauns. These creatures look pretty much alike but they don’t work and they’re always completely drunk. The eternal question was if cluricauns were more good or evil, since it seemed they could be both. As they were protecting the wine cellars of those who treated them right, but also tormented drunkards or people who didn’t want to share their booze with them.

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‘Stan the Beer Drinker’, a newborn legend who drinks just one glass a night

Stan the Beer Drinker in action.

Stan the Beer Drinker in action.

A new legend is born in the Dutch city of Schijndel. In a bar called De Sok there’s a regular called ‘Stan the Beer Drinker’ who only orders one glass of beer a night, as he agreed with his lady at home. Unfortunately for the misses, this glass contains 7.2 liters of beer. Probably a smart advertising stunt by De Sok, that opened its doors just one month ago, but we are more than happy to co-operate. Especially since the huge glass is an actual thing and everyone is welcome to try and finish it. Stan the Beer Drinker himself at least already has his own Facebook page and is well on his way to become a true celebrity.

 

The Aztec myth of the 400 drunken Rabbit Gods explains all levels of intoxication

A drawing of Tezcatzoncatl, God of the Drunkards and one of the 400 Drunken Rabbits.

A drawing of Tezcatzoncatl, God of the Drunkards and one of the 400 Drunken Rabbits.

Many old civilizations had Gods for almost everything: the sun, the sea, lightning and often also quite a few for alcohol related matters. The Aztecs were no exception. Even though they had very strict laws on alcohol use and abuse, no other tribe or culture had as many ‘Booze Gods’ as the ancient habitants of Mexico. Thanks to their 400 drunken Rabbit Gods, the children of the Goddess of Alcohol Mayahuel and Petecatl (God of Medicine). These 400 thirsty bunnies stood for the infinite ways in which people could intoxicate themselves. Infinite? Yes, in the Aztec numbering 400 was such a big number that it also meant infinity. So when someone got absolutely smashed, people would say he was ‘drunk as 400 rabbits’. But there’s a lot more to this legend, since some of the rabbits actually had names and background stories. Time for a closer look… Continue reading

How alcohol played a key role in warfare around the world

Jozef Stalin (left) and Winston Churchill both understood the importance of the occasional drink on the battlefield.

Jozef Stalin (left) and Winston Churchill both understood the importance of the occasional drink on the battlefield.

For centuries alcohol has always played an important, and sometimes decisive, role  in warfare. As it brought the troups moral and courage in many armies the intake of booze was allowed or even stimulated. Other commanders believed it was best to keep their troops as sober as possible, so they wouldn’t go out of control. But no matter if we’re talking wine for the Roman legions, gin and rum for the British soldiers in the colonies, whisky during the American Civil War or vodka for the Red Army during World War II, alcohol has always been an important issue in combat.

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Joke: a bet in the bar

This photo has very little to do with this joke but we just like it. She seems like quite a gifted bartender.

This photo has very little to do with this joke but we just like it. She seems like quite a gifted bartender.

Time for a little drunk humor then to start the weekend with a smile. Are you the type that makes ridiculous bets in bars as soon as the alcohol kicks in? In that case this joke  might sound familiar or inspire you to make a quick buck in a fun way. Enjoy!

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Fricasé, a spicy pork stew from Bolivia that kills all hangovers

Fricasé Boliviano, the typical hangover cure from Bolivia.

Fricasé Boliviano, the typical hangover cure from Bolivia.

We already gave you some tips and tricks to get rid of your hangoverBut every country has its own traditional dishes to make the process go faster. We like to give you a taste of the international anti-hangover cuisine. In this episode we check out another part of South America as we travel to Bolivia. The most popular hangover cure in this country is a spicy pork meat stew, which is called fricasé. It’s effective and simply delicious.

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