Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, January 22, 2017

To Drink Booze is to be Civilized

Drinking alcohol not only predates things such as literacy and nations, it may have been the thing that sparked the creation of civilization, if not humanity. People first domesticated grains not for making bread, but for making beer.


B said...

Beer was safe to drink....water wasn't. Same same wine.


The New York Crank said...

To follow up on B's correct statement, in the US during the 19th Century, beer was often the preferred breakfast beverage. Half the world went to work with a buzz on.

Crankily (maybe because I don't drink beer for breakfast),
The New York Crank

Comrade Misfit said...

B, I know. As the article pointed out, the ethanol in beer and wine had some disinfecting properties.

Wasn't it W.C. Fields who said: "I don't drink water. Fish fuck in water."

"Zack" said...

I drink therefore I am ...

JayNola said...

I remember reading about this theory of civilization in an Anne Rice novel 20+ years ago. The thought fascinated me but I couldn't find any corroborating studies, it was pre-internet. It seems like a good bet given human nature that it's true.