Friday, February 17, 2012

A milestone, a King and a drinking game

In keeping with the historical theme of this blog, I would like to celebrate a month of blogging (30 Days) and 300 page views for the site. Ok, I lied, the thirty days was yesterday and we are well over 300 page views but I really didn’t feel like writing today so this celebration will have to do!

I hope that you have all enjoyed the site and the drinks and the history so far. I have enjoyed the writing and also learning even more snippets of useless knowledge. Notice I am not talking about the drinking at all! It’s still weird to type posts and send them into the blogosphere not knowing who’s reading it (I do receive data from Blogger about page views, referral sites and India and Russia, I know you’re out there and reading this) or what they think. So, if you have any comments, feel free to use the comment section, email us or DM us on Twitter.

I am very thankful to my friends both local and far away who have given support. THI is still growing and hopefully by the summer it will be closer to my vision of informational as well as entertaining. In the meantime, let’s drink!

300 is, as numbers go pretty interesting. Per wiki:

It is a triangular number and the sum of a pair of twin primes (149 + 151), as well as the sum of ten consecutive primes (13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31 + 37 + 41 + 43 + 47). Fascinating.

Three hundred is also the lowest possible Fair Isaac credit score and the highest score you can get in a bowling game. But for today I am more interesting in a drinking game regarding the movie “300”. For this game, get settled in with friends, hit the play button and anytime someone says Sparta, Spartans or Aahooo, take a drink! Simple enough right. Let’s run a short (1:11) preview:

Well, how did you do??? Keep in mind the full movie is 117 minutes long.
But the weekend is long…and practice makes perfect!

In other milestones today…

1653 - Composer Arcangelo Corelli was born.

1966 - Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

1972 - Pink Floyd starts a 4-night gig in London during which they perform
           "The Dark Side of the Moon" a full year before it would be released.


     The Historical Inebriant:  Champagne Cocktail   

Thanks again for the views, have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


While pirates have been in the news a lot lately we know from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies that they have been around for quite a while.  But at one time, piracy was a huge problem for a young United States.

In 1784, Moroccan pirates captured the brigantine Betsey.  The Spanish government aided in negotiating a release of the vessel but in 1875 Algeria began piracy against the U.S. with the capture of the schooners Maria and the Dauphin. These two ships were held for 10 years, with more ships being captured by the Barbary Coast states (which used piracy as their livelihood) Algiers, Tunis, Morocco, and Tripoli.  In 1795 the US government paid Algeria a sum of $1M for the release of 115 sailors.  Keep in mind that in 1795 that sum was about one-sixth of the total US budget.

In 1798 the US Department of the Navy was established in part to secure American shipping and prevent piracy.  However, in October 1803, the frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor and was unable to free herself.   Under fire from ships and guns in the harbor, the Philadelphia was eventually boarded and crew were taken ashore and held as hostages. The Philadelphia was then used against the Americans as an anchored gun battery.  Now comes the battle…

(Per Wiki)
On the night of February 16, 1804, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a small contingent of the U.S.'s first Marines in the captured Tripolitan ketch rechristened USS Intrepid, to deceive the guards on board Philadelphia and float close enough to board the captured ship. Decatur's men stormed the vessel and overpowered the Tripolitan sailors standing guard. With support from American ships, the Marines set fire to Philadelphia, denying her use to the enemy. The British Admiral Horatio Nelson, himself known as a man of action and bravery, is said to have called this "the most bold and daring act of the age.[17]"

This was the first of the Barbary wars, there would be another before US shipping would be safe in that area of the world.

     The Historical Inebriant:  Barbary Coast


  • 1/2 oz. Light Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Rum
  • 1/2 oz. White Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Scotch
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


On this day in 1965 Nat King Cole passed away.  He serenaded a nation with hits like "Mona Lisa", "Smile" and his signature song "Unforgettable.

The Historical Inebriant:  The Mojito

So, let this be a lesson,
you'd better stop and think,
Before you whisper in her ear
bring another drink.

from "Bring Another Drink"
Nat Cole Trio

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day...Yeah, whatever

I, personally have nothing to do tonight, save for listening to Adele’s
“Someone Like You” on repeat for 6 hours straight.
Well, at least I’m not bitter...

Sure, I was thinking of going out solo on Valentine’s Day, but...I’m not really
clear on the details of the most recent restraining order against me.

In any event, I might just stay in and have a cocktail, or twelve...

The Historical Inebriant:  Broken Effin Heart Cocktail


  • 1 ounce Effin Vodka 
  • 1 ounce Chambord 
  • 2 ounces Fresh Orange juice 
  • 1 splash of Grenadine 
  • Fresh strawberry to garnish 


Place all of the ingredients, except for the strawberry, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Vigorously shake the mixture for 35 seconds and then strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish the drink with strawberry and then serve immediately.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I heard it on the radio

Today is the very first annual World Radio Day sponsored by UNESCO.  In the U.S., we are very fortunate to be well wired.  My news comes from cable or I get it on my phone.  Same with the weather.  My music comes to me by satellite in the car, or by Pandora Internet at home or phone.  As for as radio is concerned, I have my choice of talk radio, sports radio, news radio, weather radio, etc.. Many other of the world’s countries are not so fortunate.

Even in 2012, there are as many as one billion people worldwide who do not have access to radio of any kind.  For many more radio is the sole source of news and disaster warnings, the main source of political information, and for many their only public voice to be heard both inside their own countries and by the rest of the world.
"In a world changing quickly, we must make the most of radio's ability to connect people and societies, to share knowledge and information and to strengthen understanding," said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in her message marking the Day.

"Radio is the mass medium that reaches the widest audience, especially the most marginalized parts of our societies," said Bokova. "Free, independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies, it is vital for advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms."

On this day in 1970, Black Sabbath released their historic first album, and music (and concerts) would never be the same. I heard it of course, on the radio.

The Historical Inebriant:  Black Sabbath

2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
2 oz dark Rum
2 oz Jagermeister