Prohibition was a dark time for America. Booze was banned, and crime was skyrocketing. But that doesn’t mean people stopped coming up with new ways to have fun with alcohol.
Contemporary politicians do their best to supply us with a steady stream of scandals. But the strange case of New Jersey State Senator—shot by his mistress, Ruth Jayne Cranmer, in 1931—would grab headlines even today. This was during Prohibition, of course, but it started with lots of gin.
Today I found out that in an effort to scare people away from drinking alcohol, the American government once poisoned certain alcohol supplies; this resulted in the death of over 10,000 American Citizens.
Harry Grant Dart had quite an eye for the future. The early 20th century illustrator imagined women driving flying machines, the airmail of the future dropping from the sky, and even a world of robot butlers long before the word robot had even been coined. But one of Dart's illustrations from 1908 was perhaps the most…
After alcohol prohibition was repealed in 1933, many American distillers had a problem: they didn't have enough old booze lying around. It's possible to churn out a barrel of whiskey in just a few days, but you need at least 3 years of aging for many people to consider it any good. The "time traveling" scientists of…
You might think you were tricky during high school with half a water bottle filled with vodka stuff under your mattress, but this is a high-level liquor vault. The NY Times reveals a Prohibition architectural gem.
Pop Sci took a look at its archives back when Prohibition was around and highlighted the kind of science people used to fight it. It includes creative bootlegging methods, smart smuggling strategies, and PopSci's own guide to homebrewing in 1921.
After making hundreds of hoax phone calls to the emergency services number (on one occasion, he dialed 999 50 times in an hour) a 24 year old Brit has been banned from buying a phone for five years.
Unlike my alma mater, Microsoft has decided that booze and good times have no place on their campus. They've abruptly cancelled the almost-finished construction of a new pub, claiming it would not be "appropriate."