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Ever wonder how the Founding Fathers did all their great stuff? They were loaded, bombed, drunk!
Posted by Craig on 05:12:00 AM in History
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Worth remembering that much of the beer was "small beer". About 2% alcohol. Water killed (bugs, sewage, cholera etc etc) and brewing cleans the water. That would help to explain that insurance rate.
Tim Worstall |
July 28, 2006 at 06:51 AM
Alcoholic beverages were the dietary staple of seventeenth and eighteenth century England, accounting for nearly half of all dietary calories. They were an efficient way to produce, store, and distribute calories, minimizing losses from rot. Not the healthiest diet, of course, but the best an impoverished people could do.
July 28, 2006 at 09:08 AM
Somewhere out there is an old bill I remember reading about from the tavern in which several of the Founding Fathers stayed in during the debates for the Constitution. As I recall, for one evening meal they averaged 5-6 bottles of wine each. Now imagine that hangover during what appears to have been the hottest summer in Philadelphia history (well, pending a Global Warming examination by Mann).
Now I'm even more impressed by the job they did. OTOH, a raging hangover in a hot building with boarded up windows may well have shortened debate and hastened useful dealmaking. Maybe I'll suggest that for the next faculty meeting.
July 28, 2006 at 03:23 PM
Rum, buggery, and the Lash kept the British Navy dominate for two centuries.
July 28, 2006 at 06:07 PM
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