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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

the joys of drink

not so much emotions but as a repressed scotsman, drink is always a good conduit to emotional expression, some titbits from a review of Iain Gately’s book, Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol.

In sixteenth-century Japan, it was an insult to your host to stay sober, so guests who couldn’t drink would pretend to be drunk and even hungover “by sending thank-you letters deliberately late, written in shaky characters.

Aztecs liked fermented sap, but had a legal drinking age (52) higher than their average life expectancy—although every four years they’d hold a New Year’s festival called “Drunkenness of Children,” at which all citizens, including toddlers, were required to drink.

And Egyptian wine connoisseurs rated their drinks by stacking up the word nfr, meaning good (the best was nfr nfr nfr).

2 comments:

rhinestonecatboy said...

Cheers for the link to Casebook, I haunt the pages regularly, but thanks for taking the time to let me know about it all the same!

Wow a documentry on the Whitechapel murders, sounds impressive!

Cory said...

I would only have a drink on a social occasion but never to get drunk.
A small amount of alcohol can help you relax and ease into social situations too much is ghastly.