During the early years of the Tour de France, guzzling alarming amounts of alcohol was the norm. Beer, wine, and brandy were considered safer to drink than water from questionable roadside wells or springs, and cyclists drank copiously. outsideonline.com/2099916…
The Ortolan Bunting populations were hunted to dangerously low levels because they were considered such a decadently delicious delicacy (they were captured in nets, kept in the dark to induce gorge eating, then drowned in brandy before being cooked and served); they're now illegal to served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Applejack is the name of an apple brandy that was popular in Maine due to liquor laws. Apple orchards were plentiful and applejack is easy to make by freezing fermenting cider, draining the ice, and keeping the high concentration liquor that stayed liquid. mainebrewguide.com/applej…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
Tom the cartoon cat was originally called Jasper, and Jerry was unnamed. Animator Tom Carr won $50 in a contest, suggesting Tom and Jerry after the hot Christmastime drink containing brandy and rum. The drink was named after youngsters who indulged in riotous behavior in 19th-century London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The banned french delicacy Ortolan is customarily eaten while covering your face with a napkin. Partially to keep in the aroma and partially to hide the shame of eating the bird from God as it is prepared for cooking by force feeding it and then finally drowning it in a vat of Armagnac brandy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Junius Brutus Booth (father of the assassin) was a raging alcoholic and actor whose manager locked him up before plays to keep him sober. From a room Junius was locked in before one play, he bribed a bellboy to stand outside with brandy to drink it through the door’s keyhole using a small pipe. libsysdigi.library.illino…
When King Charles II of Navarre was sick, his doctor ordered him to be wrapped in linen that was soaked in brandy. One of the female attendants of the palace accidentally set the linen on fire, burning the King alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Marathonist athletes in the early 1900s used brandy, glasses of bubbly, and strychnine (best known now as rat poison) and sometimes even heroin or cocaine to mask pain, increase aggressiveness, and/or give a quick energy boost during races! bet-ibc.com/champagne-and…
After Lord Nelson fell at the battle of Trafalgar, he was placed in a large cask filled with brandy in order to preserve his body during the voyage back to England nationalarchives.gov.uk/n…
How 1968’s deadly Hong Kong flu left more than one million dead worldwide, and how doctors recommended those ill to stay at home and take aspirin, tea, lemon drinks, whisky or brandy according to taste. scmp.com/lifestyle/health…
St. Bernard rescue dogs never carried brandy barrels. The trope comes from an 1820 painting done by a 17 year old. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Snoop Dogg. broke the Guinness World Record for biggest gin and juice by stirring up a drink that contained 180 bottles of gin, 154 bottles of apricot brandy and 38 jugs of orange juice. billboard.com/amp/article…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
Today I learned of Charles II of Navarre, or Charles "The Bad" - a continued schemer and manipulator throughout the Hundred Years War. Riddled with disease at the age of 54, he was encased in brandy soaked bandages. His incineration in a medical accident was widely considered at the time to be god's justice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Data's cat Spot from Star Trek: TNG was played by 5 different cats (Monster, Brandy, Bud, Tyler, Spencer and Zoe) and an unnamed iguana memory-alpha.fandom.com/w…
Today I learned about Osborne Bulls, iconic bull-shaped billboards found on highways throughout Spain that once served as advertisements for Vetenaro brandy. First erected during the 1950s, The billboards have become something of a national symbol in Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osb…
During the 1904 summer Olympics marathon one runner hitched a ride, another was given rat poison and brandy as a stimulus, fourth place winner took a nap during the run, and two other runners were chased a mile by angry dogs smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Winston Churchill once said that one of life's four essentials was cold champagne and so he drank over 42,000 bottles of champagne during his lifetime(about two bottles a day). The other three essentials were hot baths, new peas and old brandy thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
Today I learned of the french dish "Ortolon Bunting". The small Ortolan bird is blinded. It then gorges itself on seed, and when it is ready, drowned and marinated live in brandy. Consumers of the dish traditionally wear hoods to hide their act from god. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
George Washington had his own personal recipe for egg nog that he would serve to guests, which included one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, and 1/4 pint sherry wine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
Today I learned of Winston’s Churchill’s daily drinking habits. 3-4 weak whiskey sodas, a bottle of champagne/wine with lunch and another with dinner, all rounded off with cognac and brandy. winstonchurchill.hillsdal…
St. Bernard's dogs (the mountain rescue dogs) have never carried small kegs of brandy/whisky around their necks, despite always being depicted with them in movies. An artist drew a St Bernard's with a keg-collar for detail in 1820, and the myth stuck. thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
Alfred Hitchcock once bet a prop man a week's salary to spend the night chained up in a movie studio, giving him a beaker of brandy to get him through the night. It was laced with strong laxatives. The following morning, the film crew found the poor man crying in a puddle of his own feces. aol.com/article/2014/10/1…
The winner of the 1904 Olympic Marathon was carried over the finish line after being refused water by his trainers, and instead dosed with strychnine (a rat poison also used as a performance enhancing drug at the time) and brandy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
After a woman's lung collapsed on a flight, two doctors performed surgery with the aircraft's medical kit, along with a coat hanger, Sellotape, a knife and fork, a bottle of water, and five star brandy for disinfectant. The woman felt better after ten minutes. articles.chicagotribune.c…
While shooting The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant racked up US$40,000 at the bar Hyatt in London, where he was staying. According to some estimates his average daily consumption of alcohol was a case of beer, three bottles of wine, and a couple of bottles of brandy. stuff.co.nz/entertainment…
Today I learned of Hamilton and Rolt, a team of racing drivers who in the 1953 Le Mans race thought they were disqualified, went to a bar, got drunk and were reinstated. They completed the race, drunk and topping up on brandy, and took a bird to the face at 130 mph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Thomas Hicks, winner of the 1904 Olympic Marathon, was carried across the finish line by his support team. Due to severe (and deliberate) dehydration, his team gave him rat poison and brandy to stimulate his mind and help him finish the race. wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlet…
Mainers consume nearly 1,200,000 bottles of Allen's Coffee Brandy a year. That's almost enough for every man, woman, and child in the state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Winston Churchill was a heavy drinker. He’d start his day with 3-4 whisky and sodas before 11am, a bottle of champagne at lunch, a glass of brandy after lunch, 3-4 more whiskey and sodas at teatime, a glass of wine before dinner, and 3-4 more whiskeys before bed. youtu.be/Q0u0KKAbIoo
The real Johnny Appleseed was a wealthy missionary and a nurseryman named John Chapman. Rather then randomly planting apples he planted them as a way to gain land. Also his apples werent for eating but to make brandy instead. He also planted medicine herbs to give to the Native Americans. tentree.com/blogs/posts/1…
Today I learned of the Ortolan, a bird and strange French delicacy. The tiny birds were captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in brandy. Then, they were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Benjamin Guggenheim, heir to mining magnate Meyer Guggenheim, dressed in his finest suit, had a glass of brandy and smoked a cigar as the Titanic sank. "Tell [my wife] I played the game out straight to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim was a coward." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Canada and Denmark are in territorial dispute over Hans Island. Their "war" consists of removing the other country's flag, planting theirs, and leaving a bottle of brandy or whiskey behind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned of the Ortolan. A bird that was formerly eaten in French cuisine. The process of preparing it included trapping it in a dark box so that it would eat more thinking it was night, before drowning it in brandy, roasting it, and then eating it under a napkin, done to "shield ones self from god" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Today I learned about β€œCharlie the Horse” who survived being trapped by the Frank Slide for a month but then died gorging on brandy and oats provided by his rescuers. hammersonpeters.com/?p=10…
When Peter O'Toole cut the top of his finger off in a boating accident, he dropped the tip of the finger in some brandy before pushing it back into place and wrapping it with a bandage. Removing the bandage weeks later he found he'd put it back the wrong way round theguardian.com/film/2013…
In Wisconsin Old Fashioneds are typically made with brandy instead of the more common bourbon, whiskey or rye. wpr.org/wisconsins-old-fa…
The winner of the marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics was disqualified for using a motorcar. The medal was then awarded to Thomas Hicks, who had been given a near-fatal dose of strychnine and brandy during the race and was carried over the line by his personal trainers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of the Christmas Eve parlor game Snap-dragon, where raisins are placed in a bowl of brandy, the brandy is lit on fire, and participants have to snatch the burning raisins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
In 1812 US President James K. Polk was 17, he underwent a surgery to remove urinary stones. As there was no anesthetic at the time, he was given brandy before the surgery to dull the pain, then was operated on fully conscious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Thomas Hicks ran the 1904 Olympic marathon while drinking a mix of strychnine, egg whites and brandy which made him hallucinate and become sick. His trainers had to carry him over the finish line but he was still declared the winner, with the slowest gold medal time in Olympic marathon history. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During the 1904 Olympic Marathon, the winner drank brandy and rat poison, but was refused water. One competitor, wearing trousers and a long sleeve shirt, took a nap during the race, and finished in 4th. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of the disastrous 1904 Olympics Marathon. It was ran in 90Β° heat, in terrible sandy conditions, with only dirty well water to drink. Several runners inhaled so much dust they almost died, and one man was fed exclusively strichnine (super-caffeine) and brandy by his coach, losing eight pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
Port is just wine with brandy added, invented by the Portuguese to survive being sent abroad. The wine received its name, "port", in the later half of the 17th century from the seaport city of Porto. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The first known published tomato ketchup recipe appeared in 1812, written by scientist and horticulturalist, James Mease, who referred to tomatoes as β€œlove apples.” His recipe contained tomato pulp, spices, and brandy but lacked vinegar and sugar. nationalgeographic.com/pe…
The single "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" became the #1 single in Washington D.C. before going on sale, because of the number of requests it received after being played on WPCG, and pushed the popularity of Brandy as a baby name from #353 in 1971 to #82 in 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The first 'moving staircase' or escalator was built in 1898 at a Harrods store in London. Riders found the escalator so nerve racking that an employee stood at the top offering brandy so they could recover from the ordeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…

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