Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Short List: Pope Urban VII, Lancaster PA, The Balinese Tiger and The Short Bus Shot

On this day in 1590, Pope Urban VII dies of Malaria just 13 days after being chosen as Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.


Urban VII did, however, live long enough to enact what may be the world's first public smoking ban, threatening to excommunicate anyone who:

 "took tobacco in the porchway of, or inside a church - whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose."

On this day in 1777 Lancaster, Pennsylvania became the capital of the United States. After the British army captured the then US capital of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress fled to Lancaster to meet, making it the de-facto capital of the very new nation.

The notoriety was short lived, however, as upon receiving information of the British Army's advance, the congress would flee to York, PA the very next day.



On this day in 1937, the last specimen of the Balinese Tiger (a female shot at Sumbar Kima, west Bali) is recorded and subsequently the Balinese Tiger is declared extinct. One of three subspecies of tiger found in Indonesia, (together with the Javan tiger, which is also extinct, and the critically endangered Sumatran tiger) it was the smallest of the tiger subspecies.

The Historical Inebriant: The Short Bus Shot


1/3 Oz Jagermeister® Herbal Liqueur
1/3 Oz Rumple Minze® Peppermint Liqueur
1/3 Oz Don Q® 151 Rum

Chill all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a shot glass.

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