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Bar Trivia ... Fun Facts ... Hand-me-down Fables ... or Fun Fiction?  You decide!

Bet you didn't know that:

  If you stacked 12 billion Budweiser longneck bottles end to end it would reach 1.7 million miles, or to the moon and back three times.
  Before Prohibition, Shlitz Brewery owned more property in Chicago than anyone else, except the Catholic church.
  Over 19 million adults drink wine at least once a week.
  If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

  Approximately 200 million barrels of beer were sold in the year 2000.

  The United States of America's national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," was written to the tune of a drinking song.
  In the 1800's liquor was a Beautician's secret!  Yes, rum was considered an excellent product for cleaning hair and keeping it healthy, and brandy was believed to strengthen the hair roots.
  No alcohol beverage can be over 190% proof (95% alcohol).  Because at any higher proof, the beverage will draw moisture from the air and self-dilute.
  In Medieval times, an alcohol beverage was often served with the English's breakfast.
  Old U.S. laws required that alcohol containers be concealed in public by being placed in paper bags or "packages" by liquor stores.  This gave us the names "package stores" that sell "package goods".
  The actual term for the fear of alcohol is "methyphobia" or "potophobia".
  The term for an abnormal or insatiable craving for alcohol is "dipsomania".
  In ancient Rome a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine to wish one good health -- which is how we obtained our term for a "toast".
  All fruit juices, and many vegetables, contain alcohol.
  To "mind your P's and Q's" refers to English drinks being served in pints and quarts. In older times, bartenders would advise a customer to mind their own pints and quarts when they were becoming unmanageable.
  The sentence "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs" is the same as what typesetters use to include all the letters of the alphabet in one sentence.  But our proper English tutors changed it to "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" while teaching typing. 


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