There is little as sad and as beautiful as the early death of an exceptional talent. No matter if it’s a musician, an actor or a sportsman. When the big crowd gets emotional and concludes ‘you went too soon’, the talented gets the status of an unfortunate genius and a legend is born. Sportsmen destroying themselves are even more beautiful. Because of the irony since they were once physically on top of the world. Because their downfall seems to prove the reputation of a misunderstood artist. And because we will never remember them as dementing elderly who wet their pants, but always as young and full of (wasted) potential. All of this makes the tragic life of American baseball legend Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) also a beautiful one. This icon of the New York Yankees is considered one of the greatest in his sport ever, even though he was known to show up for games with a hangover.
William the Conqueror was an impressive performance in every way. Not only by his military success, bringing England under Norman reign in the 11th century, but also because of his gigantic appearance. In order to lose some pounds of his massive body weight the king came up with an ingenious idea: an all alcohol diet. Although as you will soon read this wasn’t too effective, he was far ahead of his time with this ambitious plan. As recent research has proven red wine can help you lose weight or stay slim since it blocks fat cells from developing. King William the First of England simply stopped eating and argued that if he’d only take in liquids the kilo’s must come flying off. Beats the hell out of a water diet.
The English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870) lived in a time that was probably one of the toughest in history for the poor and uneducated people. As the industrial revolution made many fine crafts otiose. The working class had to settle for long and underpaid days in the factories, as the only little bit of joy came from alcoholic beverages. No wonder alcoholism was quite a common thing those days. Many employers paid their employees directly in alcohol, since money would be spent on that anyway. Like no other Dickens could put the harsh every day life on paper and that’s no wonder. The writer himself was quite the drinker too, as well as a frequent visitor of whores. In this way he had something in common with another great English writer from his generation Lord Byron. But where he came from nobility Dickens worked himself up from the factories, into the English middle class and on to make his own fortune, which wasn’t easy at the time. It’s absolutely impressive how he stormed up the social ladder, intoxicated and with a drink in his hand.
Many times before we have read filthy lies about the negative effects of alcohol on the human health. But not often has the propaganda been as bad as the fixed results of a research by Public Health England (PHE). This organisation found out that the number of deaths by liver disease in the United Kingdom in the last 12 years went up by 40%. Indeed a shocking raise that they blame the booze for. Like people in England getting smashed is a new thing. The fact that people in the Western World eat unhealthy as never before and use all kinds of medications for the smallest ailments is not even mentioned. Therefor it’s time to expose these bastards for the lying cunts that they are, I feel British already.
It’s almost impossible to have never heard any of Ludwig van Beethoven’s work, even if you are not into classical music. His work has been used in plenty of movies or as samples in music by The Beatles, Alicia Keys and Nas, to name a few. However, how pleasant and calming his music may sound to the ear, so different was he in real life. Van Beethoven was a very antisocial man and the opposite of the social drunkards we all like. He could be very mean, abusive and downright paranoid. However it wasn’t all that bad. He hardly ever missed a day of heavy drinking in his whole life and still became one of the greatest musicians of all times. One has to admit that’s pretty impressive.
Normally we are very much against drunk driving and everyone who does it. But a couple in Oconto County (USA) managed to flip the situation in their advantage completely. After being arrested for drunken driving in August they started having sex with each other in the backseat of a cop car as an officer was driving them to the police station. After yesterday’s court case Travis Husnik (33) and Heather Basten (29) both face serious time in jail but at least they have a great story to tell for the rest of their lives.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was without a doubt one of the greatest painters in history. Nowadays his work is sold for millions all over the world. The Dutch artist is also known for his depressions that lead to him cutting off his own ear and probably suicide. Although in recent years there is a theory that the painter might not have taken his own life. There is no doubt that Van Gogh drunk quite a lot during the 37 years he was alive. The booze might have played his part in his unpredictable character and Van Gogh even had hallucinations and delusions, but eating paint and drinking terpentine also didn’t make him too stable.