Sultan Selim II ‘the Drunkard’, who initiated the downfall of the Ottoman Empire

A portrait of Selim the Drunkard, the sultan who rather dealed with  orgies than politics.

A portrait of Selim the Drunkard, the sultan who rather dealed with orgies than politics.

In our section of historical drunks  we usually speak of people who accomplished many great things despite being hammered most of their lives. This  can not be said of Sultan Selim II (1524-1574) of the Ottoman Empire. However Salim the Drunkard, as he was commonly called, did leave a huge impact on the history of Europe. His lust for good wine initiated the downfall of his massive empire. Eventually leading to the independence of countries like Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria. One can even argue that without Selim’s thirst the 20th century with it’s both world wars (and inventions developed in war times) would have looked completely different.

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Sancocho de siete carnes, the king of all Dominican hangover cures

Sancocho de siete carnes, the most luxurious hangover cure in the Dominican Republic.

Sancocho de siete carnes, the most luxurious hangover cure in the Dominican Republic.

We already gave you some tips and tricks to get rid of your hangover. But 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. This time we present you a Caribbean delight called sancocho de siete carnes, which literally means stew of seven kinds of meat. It’s the ultimate hangover cure in the Dominican Republic, an island where they sure know how to party, soyou bet it’s effective.

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What is your real country as a drinker?

It's always good to find company with the same drinking habbits.

It’s always good to find company with the same drinking habbits.

It’s been quite a while since we introduced the LOTD Test to check if you are an alcoholic. Since then we have seen many fun but stupid tests on social media that were alcohol related. We thought it was time to make one ourselves. Today we’ll test if you are born in the right country based on your drinking behaviour. We’ll ask 20 simple questions and in the end you will have an indication where in this world  you’d feel most at home. Enjoy.

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Fire brigade rescues German drunks from 35 meter high factory tower

The fire department of Chemnitz to the rescue.

The fire department of Chemnitz to the rescue.

The fire brigade from the German town Chemnitz had an unusual job to do today (Thursday) as they rescued two drunks from a factory tower. The men (21 and 33 years old) shared some drinks in the town in the Sachsen region and decided it was time for a little adventure. They climbed the 35 meters high tower, all in good fun until it was time to go down. Then one of them remembered he was afraid of heights. Stuck at the top of the tower they called the fire department to rescue them.

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Pastel, the Brazilian pastry that will fix your hangover

Pastel, the deep-fried hangover cure from Brazil.

Pastel, the deep-fried hangover cure from Brazil.

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. This time we have a real treat from Brazil called pastel. It’s a pastry filled for example with cheese or meat. Nothing special? The fact that it’s deep fried and the ‘secret’ ingredient cachaça make pasteis (plural) a great cure for hangovers.

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Drunk ‘bishop’ Sinterklaas found passed out in a Dutch gutter

A cop tries to wake up Sinterklaas in Roosendaal.  Source: Dumpert.nl

A cop tries to wake up Sinterklaas in Roosendaal. Source: Dumpert.nl

We already knew that when Santa Claus parties he parties hard. Last year he had a drunken sledge crash in Poland and got into a massive street fight with his doppelgangers in New York. As it turns out now his colleague from Holland Sinterklaas also knows his way with the bottle. This weekend the police found him passed out drunk in the gutter in the city Roosendaal.

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11 drunken cult heroes in football

The Norwegian Erik Mykland was a true sensation at Panathinaikos. His drinking performances shocked many Greeks.

The Norwegian Erik Mykland was a true sensation at Panathinaikos. His drinking performances shocked many Greeks.

Quite a while back we made a post about the top-11 football players who were heavy drinkers in their glory days, all world class players without a doubt. But the best ones are not always the most well loved by the fans. Every football club has it’s classic cult heroes. Usually these are not the most technical players and also not the pretty boys. Most of the time there is something wrong with cult heroes that makes them human, so the fans can relate to them as if he is one of their own. A bad temper, poor eye sight or a leg that’s 5 centimeters shorter than the other, but the true cult heroes are the ones that drink like a fan, preferably with the fans and still give their all on the pitch. These are definitely not the 11 best players you’ve ever seen, but they gained a sacred status by performing both on and off the pitch.

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