How Many Liquor Bottles Can You Find in This 1931 Map of Chicago?


ON FEBRUARY 14, 1929, AROUND 10:30 a.m., Clark Street in Chicago was rattled by gunfire. The city’s most powerful gang leader, Al “Scarface” Capone, had finally sent some hit men after a rival gang. When the shots subsided, seven people were dead. It was, the Chicago Tribune later put it, “the most infamous of all gangland slayings in America.”

 

In Istanbul, Drinking Coffee in Public Was Once Punishable by Death


IN 1633, THE OTTOMAN SULTAN Murad IV cracked down on a practice he believed was provoking social decay and disunity in his capital of Istanbul.

 

For Hardworking Scottish Beekeepers, Heather Honey Is A Sweet Reward


Each September, they bring their bees to the moorlands and coax nearly solid honey from combs.

 

Russia’s Patriotic Alternative To Coca-cola Is Made Out Of Bread


For centuries, Russians have celebrated their Slavic roots with kvass.

 

How A Tiny Wisconsin Island Became The World’s Biggest Consumer Of Bitters


On Washington Island, drinking Angostura shots is the rule, not the exception.

 

Kottabos Is A Wild Ancient Greek Drinking Game That Required Throwing Wine


SPILLING RED WINE MAY BE the ultimate party foul, especially if it lands on the host’s couch or carpet. But for the ancient Greeks, a party wasn’t good unless the wine flowed freely.

 

How America Fell In Love With Vodka


The “white whiskey” traded on its tastelessness.

 

Why All Beer Once Tasted Like Smoke


TODAY’S BREWERS CAN ADD ANY number of flavors to their beers.

 

How Fanta Was Created For Nazi Germany


The soda was made from apple fibers and a cheese by-product.

 

A Giant Cucumber-slicing Vehicle Is Garnishing Cocktails Across America


Take an unusual journey aboard Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher.

 
 
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