The Truth About How Beer Saved The World [Pic]

Submitted by: ElectricEye 4 years ago in Misc

Facts, figures and trivia about beer. Wonderful wonderful BEER!
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Male 17,512
Angilion: What the Greeks, and the Romans after them, had was not democracy. They were elitist republics. The common man did not have a vote, they did not elect representatives. It was a privilege reserved for the elite land owners only, even most business owners had no vote.

But even then they were only the illusion of being republics. The kings and emperors still held ultimate control, which is why several of them were assassinated.

Did those republics inspire the continental congress? Yes they did. But it was America that made it a realization for the common man to vote and participate in their government.
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Female 1,467
This vaguely reminds me of an excuse to share Voltaire`s To The Bottom of The Sea. I can`t remember the excuse but maybe it was rum?
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Male 12,365
Beer trivia from over here:

Beer was officially classed as food for centuries (not as silly as it might sound - it was done so it would be exempt from tax because it was pretty much essential given the dodginess of water supplies).

The British Royal Navy had a ration of 8 pints of beer per man per day...until 1970. The rum famously associated with sailors was a substitute to save space and weight onboard ship.
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Male 12,365
[quote]I`ve never understood the whole beer as alternative to water thing. Beer dehydrates you, it makes you pee a frack ton.[/quote]

That depends on the alcohol content, mainly. Your body is trying to rid itself of the alcohol because alcohol is toxic.

The beer drunk routinely and in large quantities in the past usually had a very low alcohol content. Beer was safe mostly because it was boiled during the process of making it rather than because it contained enough alcohol to make and keep it sterile. There was low-alcohol beer for drinking as the default drink and more alcoholic beer for getting drunk. You can drink low-alcohol beer as a direct substitute for water without causing any diuretic effect - the hydration from the ~99% water content hugely outweighs the diuresis from the ~1% alcohol content.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Beer may have saved the world, but it was Tea that started the revolution into democracy.[/quote]

The ancient Greeks weren`t noted for drinking tea.

You`re not seriously suggesting that the USA started democracy, are you? Or that tea had anything much to do with that revolt? It`s true that American smugglers were upset because the reduction in tax on tea was making their smuggling unprofitable, but that wasn`t really the cause.

Would you like a list of countries that had partial representative democracies before the USA did? Even just one would negate your point. How about England? Formal partial representative democracy on a national level goes back to the 13th century here, more than 500 years before the USA existed. Democracy in some form in this part of the world predates England and probably predates recorded history.
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Male 5,872
@djwajda: Just looked up that bit about tetracycline in ancient beer; very interesting, thank you.
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Male 883
It was also found that Egyptian beer contained tetracycline nearly 2000 years before penicillin was discovered.
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Male 17,512
Beer may have saved the world, but it was Tea that started the revolution into democracy.

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Male 17,512
ferdyfred: I`m pretty sure your liver is crying in agony. That poor organ of yours is likely half-pickled by now. hehehe.
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Male 213
A failure here to distinguish fully between "small beer" and proper full-strength ale.
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Male 5,872
Not forgetting a primary function of beer:



But not forgetting:

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Male 13,630
honkeylips

I`m sure I hit my 22 gallons/year.

Meh - light weight
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Male 13,630
22 gallons - UK 4 1/2 litres equal a gallon
2 cans - one litre, 9 cans one gallon -
damn - Im going 22 gallons a month
this is not good
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Male 1,983
"1 gallon of beer = daily wage of a Pyramid builder" is a pretty well established fact.

I take it you don`t watch the History Channel, danagamer.
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Male 701
1 gallon of beer = daily wage of a Pyramid builder? I highly doubt that.
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Male 17,512
Andrew155: Beer has a higher alcohol content now then it did then, mainly because we have much better yeasts these days. But it was the heating of the brew that killed off the bad bacteria in the water.

I don`t drink alcohol, it`s a matter of personal taste not religious conviction. Prefer tea, juice and other "soft" drinks. Still drink cold filtered water, several glasses a day, especially when it`s hot outside.
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Male 2,578
I`ve never understood the whole beer as alternative to water thing. Beer dehydrates you, it makes you pee a frack ton. Monks used to occasionally do beer fasts - but they always drank water so they didn`t die of dehydration.
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Male 3,477
George Washington also made great whiskey.
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Male 2,528
What about Tun Tavern? It was the birthplace of the US Marine Corps!
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Male 39,614

Water was dirty and contaminated so even the pilgrims gave their kids beer...it was healthier.
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Male 40
Bacteria was introduced as a scientific term in 1838.

Benjamin Franklin died April 17, 1790.
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Female 846
"In wine, there is wisdom. In beer, there is freedom. In water, there is bacteria."

--Ben Franklin
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Male 1,586
I`m sure I hit my 22 gallons/year.
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Male 2,729
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