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In May 1999, 200,000 gallons of bourbon flowed into the Kentucky River during a fire at a Wild Turkey warehouse.

Most people are familiar with the story that the shallow champagne glass originated with Marie Antoinette, from wax molds made of her breasts. But there were actually many other women in history rumored to be models for these glasses.

For beer commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.

According to the Beer Institute in Washington, DC, a combination of federal, state and local taxes accounts for almost 43% of the cost of every bottle of beer sold in the United States.

Coca Cola was originally green.

Fresca, the soft drink, had problems when it was sold in Mexico. There, Fresca is slang for lesbian.

Because of the political-contribution habits of the two soft drink companies, Democratic administrations traditionally serve Coca-Cola and Republicans serve Pepsi.

When tea was first introduced in the American colonies, many housewives, in their ignorance, served the tea leaves with sugar or syrup after throwing away the water in which they had been boiled.

More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

The brewing of beer in ancient Peru was considered such a sacred rite that it was entrusted only to skills of virgin priestesses. Today Peruvian beer drinkers often sprinkle a few drops of beer on the ground in honor of Mama Sara, the corn goddess.

George Washington's notebook in the New York Public library starts out with a recipe for beer. source

The first US consumer product sold in the Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.

A can of Coca-Cola has about 45 mg of caffeine, Pepsi Cola 38 mg, Mountain Dew 54 mg, and TAB 47 mg. source

Tea has about 40 mg of caffeine, and an ounce of chocolate contains about 20 mg. source

Taurine, the main ingredient in Red Bull, is an extract of the stomach lining of cows.

Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn't grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase "rule of thumb." source

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's." source

A study recently determined that moderate alcohol drinkers over age 70 did better on mental test than their peers who do not drink. Menís Fitness January 2001

Beer was considered an important dietary staple during the Revolutionary war. As one of its first official acts, on March 18 1775, the Continental Congress ordered a ration of one pint a day per soldier.

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