Different Drinks Do Give You A Different Drunk, But Only Because You Expect Them To
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Does wine make you flirtatious? Do whiskey shots make you hostile? What about tequila—does it make you feel like a party animal? Here's the good news: the emotions you feel after drinking those drinks are very real. The bad news: you probably feel them just because you expect to.
You Can Dine At The World's Oldest Restaurant
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Have you ever dined in a restaurant so old that the wine bottles are considered museum relics? Travel to Sobrino de Botín behind Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain, and you can enjoy traditional Castilian fare from the world's oldest restaurant. French cook Jean Botín opened Casa Botín with his wife in 1725, and it remains the oldest open eatery that has yet to change its location. The Spanish tavern's name has only adjusted once, from Casa Botín to Sobrino de Botín (nephew of Botín) when Jean Botín's wife passed away and left their culinary legacy to her nephew. In addition to ancient wine, Botín serves up traditional, roasted meats from a 300-year-old oven.
Alcosynth Can Supposedly Get You Buzzed Without A Hangover
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It goes without saying that there are pros and cons to drinking alcohol. Some great pros, and some painful and dangerous cons. Most people like to enjoy a cocktail at a party for a sociable buzz. But going overboard means paying for it the next morning with dry mouth, nausea, and headaches. But the synthetic alcohol called Alcosynth could potentially be the booze alternative that strips away the cons while keeping the perks.
Couples Who Drink Together Stay Together
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Relationships tend to be happier when partners share pastimes, whether that's watching a favorite TV show or training for a triathlon. Research now shows that drinking -- or the lack thereof -- counts in those pastimes. A 2013 study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that couples with similar drinking habits are happier. The flipside was also true: relationships where one partner drinks and the other abstains have a higher divorce rate. Interestingly, when the wife is the one who does the drinking, that risk shoots even higher. The 2013 study was of many age groups, but a 2016 study in the Journals of Gerontology that only looked at couples over 50 also found this to be true. Matched drinking habits may be a sign of a compatible couple, rather than the cause, since couples who share drinking habits are likely to share other activities at the same time. This isn't to say that drinking doesn't have its drawbacks. The 2013 study found that couples with two heavy drinkers had a higher risk of divorce than those with light drinkers, even though they shared drinking habits. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
The Whiskey War Is The World's Friendliest Conflict
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You might not expect a place like Hans Island, a .5-square-mile (1.3-square-kilometer) bit of rock with no inhabitants or natural resources, to be the subject of a territorial dispute. But it is, and has been for three decades. The issue stems from the international law stating that all countries have the right to claim territory within 12 miles of their shore. Since Hans Island is within that zone for both Canada and Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, it's technically fair game for both countries. It was judged to be Danish territory by the League of Nations in 1933, but that governing body was replaced by the United Nations soon after, making that ruling all but meaningless. That didn't stop Denmark's minister of Greenland affairs from staking his country's claim. When visiting the island in 1984, he planted a Danish flag and left a bottle of brandy and a note saying "Welcome to the Danish island." Ever since, a good-humored "whiskey war" has taken place, with Canadian military leaving a flag, a bottle of Canadian whiskey, and a sign welcoming visitors to Canada, and Danish military leaving the same with a bottle of schnapps or brandy. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.