Many fine bottles of alcohol are destroyed in Pakistan after death threats by the Taliban.
We all have legendary and sometimes heroic stories from times when we were heavily intoxicated. You know we had our share. A bit cliché but no good story ever started with someone eating a salad. Anyway, every good story has heroes and villains. And where it comes to drunken fun there are even some supervillains that seem to want to bore the world to death. Here’s the top 7 of modern enemies of alcohol.
Rome, once the place for drunken bacchanalia, officially lost all of it’s former glory. This cultural capital of the world introduced a prohibition for 3 days (Wednesday to Friday) in the city centre. Bars, restaurants and bistro’s are not allowed to sell any alcohol. And the reason? The local authorities are scared to death for a few thousand Dutch football fans. Not only did they cut off the old town from booze, yesterday evening the Roman police also acted agressively with excessive violence. Our holiday tip for this year: anywhere but the Italian capital.
Photographer Christophe Courteau is knocked over by a silverback gorilla. Photo: Christophe Vasselin.
A 46-year old Frenchman named Christophe Courteau had the shock of a lifetime this weekend in Rwanda. As he was performing his job as a wildlife-photographer in the Virunga Mountains a full grown silverback gorilla male knocked him off his feet. Courteau claimed his attacker was drunk from the many fermented bamboo stems he ate. When the ape saw another male hitting on one of ‘his’ females, he got into a drunken rage and the poor photographer was simply in the way. The incident was even captured on some unreal pictures.
Mahatma Gandhi is considered a national hero in India but actually he is responsible for the death of thousands of Indians.
When we are discussing inspiring people of the 20th century we usually hear names like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. That last one can be erased from the list as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned. Sure, his nonviolent fight for the civil rights of Indians was impressive, but how many died after that because of his ideas on alcohol? Inspired by Gandhi’s ideology several states in India cling on to prohibition till this very day. And the situation is a lot more horrifying than the glory days of Al Capone in the United States. By now the peaceful Mahatma Gandhi has the blood of thousands of people on his hands.
A statue of emperor Tiberius. It was found in the Italian town Priverno and can currently be seen in the Vatican Museum.
It’s kind of hard to pick a prominent person from the days of the Roman Empire who wasn’t a fan of drunken orgies. For these bacchanalia were an important part of everyday life. Still there are people like Julius Caesar who were known for their moderation, and there were some who were constantly the talk of the town because of their drunken escapades and extravagant behaviour. Emperor Tiberius, who ruled the Roman Empire for 23 years against his will, set the standard for the drunkest years Rome had ever seen.
While most people in the United States were getting crazy over the Superbowl, it’s possible you missed the most important American tv-moment of the day. In an exclusive interview with NBC News president Barack Obama shared a beer with reporter Savannah Guthrie (see video below). But not just any beer, under his rule homebrew made a remarkable comeback in the White House. Obama claims to be the first president since George Washington (1732-1799) who brews his own beer.Continue reading →
A traditionalhangover cure from the Philippines called balut. This is a baby duck boiled inside it’s own egg.
The biggest downside of heavy drinking is of course a major hangover the morning after. The Lords of the Drinks are always looking for new ways to fight this eternal enemy. That’s why in one of our first posts we gave you handy tips when you’re having a rough morning. And to make the ‘hangover experience’ a little better, we collected recipes for delicious hangover food from all over the world. Now it’s time to check out some traditional ways to fight a hangover that may seem pretty weird to you. We can’t guarantee they all work properly, simply because we found some of them too disgusting too try. But maybe you can give us some feedback here.