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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Historically, alcohol has been so important to the development of civilization, that we might not have the densely urban and industrialized culture we live in now without it. So let's take a look at some fun facts about that curious water of life.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living."

HINT: (1922-2003), Irish-American author and playwright born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and best known for her humorous bestseller, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, and the plays King of Hearts and Mary, Mary.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The word "toast," meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.

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During Prohibition, temperance activists hired a scholar to rewrite the Bible by removing all references to alcohol beverages.

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Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where it was first produced in 1789 by a Baptist minister.

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The alcohol in drinks of either low alcohol content (below 15%) or high alcohol content (over 30%) tend to be absorbed into the body more slowly.

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The early Church declared that alcohol was an inherently good gift of God to be used and enjoyed. While individuals might choose not to drink, to despise alcohol was heresy.

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Distillation was developed during the Middle Ages. The resulting alcohol was called aqua vitae or "water of life."




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living."

ANSWER: Jean Kerr.

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