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The US Once Poisoned Alcohol Supplies To Scare People Away From Drinking

Today I found out that in an effort to scare people away from drinking alcohol, the US government once poisoned certain alcohol supplies; this resulted in the death of over 10,000 citizens. This, of course, was during Prohibition. The government became frustrated with the fact that despite the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol being banned, the number of people drinking alcoholic beverages was markedly higher than it was before Prohibition. So to try to get people to stop drinking, the government decided to try a scare tactic.


Fermenting Beer Time Lapse Shows One Beautiful Breathing Sludge Monster

Watching the fermentation process of beer is a lot like seeing a brown sludge monster grow in strength. It’s not pretty. But then you remember how delicious beer tastes and how wonderful it makes you feel and you forgive it for looking so unsightly. Or at least I did. I think this time lapse is beautiful.


Beer Pong Ball Washer Solves Every Uni Student's Worst Nightmare

There’s two problems with beer pong. First: drinking beer blessed by a ball that’s been rolling around on an apartment floor. Second: the lack of Kickstarter daydream machines to solve problem number one. Behold the solution to exactly one of those problems: the Clean Cup.


Scientists Engineered Mutant Worms That Can't Get Drunk

A team of researchers recently did something extraordinary. They made a genetic tweak to worms’ brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms’ genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. And humans have a similar molecular channel.


How Scotch Was Invented

Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life”, and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky, often nutty, occasionally fruity elixir is poorly known, and in fact, its precise origin is lost to the mists of time (or more likely, drinking Scotch).


Why People Look More Attractive When You're Drinking

Anyone who has been in a crowded bar around closing time would agree that the higher your alcohol consumption, the more attractive you seem to find whoever you happen to be flirting with at last call.


The Miracle Stick That Makes Wine Taste Better In Seconds

The tricky thing about wine — especially the fancy stuff — is that since it gets better with age, what you buy off the shelf isn’t necessarily always at its peak. A few seconds with the Clef du Vin, though, will age it to perfection. And, if you’re not careful, all the way around to bad again.


Could You Get Drunk By Drinking A Drunk Person's Blood?

The average adult contains about five litres of blood. The average drunk contains lots of alcohol. So could you, in theory, have a cheap — if messy — night out by turning vampiric for the evening?


Happy Hour: How To Drink Gothic

Vampires and zombies, ruined castles and gloomy dungeons: the scary tropes of Gothic horror, which first terrorised the world 250 years ago with the publication of Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto, still colonise our imaginations today. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by mixing yourself a Silver Bullet or Nosferatini and settling in for a Twilight marathon or to re-read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?


Just Like Stupid Humans, Fish Get Cocky When They Drink

We humans love booze as liquid courage, but we’re not the only ones who feel extra capable after a few swigs. New research shows that a tipsy zebra fish will swim faster than the sober fish in its school — like a big show-off. And just like humans, the sober fish will speed up rather than be outdone by a drunkard. Humans: basically, we’re just big fish.


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