Ever been sitting on an airplane and thought, “A glass of tomato juice would really hit the spot right now”? You’re not alone. What would seem on the surface like a freak phenomenon has a perfectly logical explanation.
A 3,900-year-old poem honoring the Babylonian goddess Ninkasi contains an ancient beer recipe, which happens to be the oldest known written recipe.
Dr Pepper was probably so named because the original version contained a digestive aide called pepsin and was sold as a “brain tonic.”
German scientists have recently discovered that most people who order tomato juice on an airplane would never have ordered it on the ground. But drinks taste different in low cabin pressure, giving a drink terrestrial folks usually shun for its mustiness a fruity, pleasant taste at 30,000 feet. This is because our perception of salty and sweet drops by about 30 percent at high altitude.
King Charles II paid today’s equivalent of ₤6,000 for a “skull wine” recipe, wherein a human skull was liquefied and distilled. He drank the distilled human remains for health purposes, as body parts were thought to be curatives at the time.
In medieval Britain, a glass of alcohol flavored with a slice of spiced, cooked bread used to be passed around as guests drank to good health.
The Coca-Cola company keeps the 127-year-old recipe for its best selling soda locked inside a steel vault at its headquarters in Atlanta. Only a handful of employees have ever seen it.
A University of Texas study tested various post-workout drinks on cyclists and found that trained cyclists who drank low-fat chocolate milk toward the end of their rides improved their ride time by six minutes compared to those who drank sports drinks.
A recent study showed that participants who mixed alcohol with diet soda had higher blood alcohol levels than those who drank the same amount of alcohol with regular soda mixers. That could be because the sugar in regular soda delays alcohol from entering the bloodstream.
The British Navy, to this day, requires each ship to carry enough lemons for each sailor to have one ounce of lemon juice per day to prevent scurvy. Histically, sailors caught scurvy from lack of vitamin C in their diets.
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