this day in alcoholic history

fun latin word of the day

anancaecum, -i, neut. (ahn-ahn-kai-cuhm) – a large cup that must be emptied “bottoms up”

for all your bacchic revels, my friends. go forth, be merry and get fucking hammered* **

 *if you do that kind of thing

**be safe about it bc dionysus cares and i do too

HAPPY VATERTAG to all the German dads out there. :)

In Germany, Father’s Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other countries. It’s always on Ascension Day (the Thursday 40 days after Easter, originally a religious holiday), which is also a federal holiday so almost everyone is off from work. In some regions, it’s called Männertag (Men’s Day) or Herrentag (Gentlemen’s Day). It’s traditional for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour in nature with one or more small wagons called Bollerwagen that are pulled by manpower and filled with wine and beer, and traditional rustic / picnic / BBQ food - Hausmannskost. Many, but not all men use this holiday as an opportunity to get completely wasted and do “guy” things together in a group; other men and / or actual fathers may spend the day with family, also doing outdoor activities if weather permits. According to the Federal Statistical Office, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by 3 on this day.

These traditions are probably rooted in Christian Ascension Day’s processions to the farmlands, which has been done since the 18th century. Men would be seated in a wooden cart and taken to the village square, where the mayor would award a prize to the father who had the most children, usually it was a whole ham. In the late 19th century, the religious component was progressively lost, especially in urban areas such as Berlin, and groups of men organized walking excursions with Bier und Schinken (beer and ham). By the 20th century, it had evolved into a holiday for limitless drinking and merriment among (some) men. Most German fathers control their alcohol intake and simply take relaxed walks with friends, but a minority will get drunk and rowdy and very noisy without fail. Many people take the following Friday off work, and some schools are closed on that Friday as well, so the coming weekend is a long one for many. Prost and stay safe, everyone!

‘Proof’, in terms of alcohol, came from the English Navy. Sailors wanted 'proof’ that their grog wasn’t being diluted, so they figured out a test. If you pour a drink that is 50% alcohol on gunpowder, the gunpowder can still be ignited, so that would be 100% proof that the grog was up to par. That’s why something that is 50% alcohol by volume is 100 proof.

Pharm prof, giving a really awesome history lesson

Originally posted by cocainefilleddreams