Monday, October 1, 2012

World's Nuttiest Hangover Remedies Of The Day

I've had some bad hangovers in my day, but never bad enough to eat a feckin' fried canary. Refined Guy.


Some Puerto Ricans apparently believe hangovers are caused in part by dehydration, which is true. However, they also believe that lemon juice can prevent dehydration (which might be true) if you rub it under your arm pit (definitely not true). So that’s what some of them do before a night of heavy boozing: rub lemon slices on their armpits. God help you if you just shaved.


An old Irish legend says that the best way to cure yourself of a hangover is to bury yourself up to you neck in wet river sand. Why? It’s not exactly clear. Being buried in cold sand could help with the body ache and maybe the nausea (Irish river sand being cold and all), but other than that it just sounds like something a guy named Seamus made up to get a guy named Sean to do something stupid.


This hangover recipe comes to us from none other than Pliny the Elder, the ancient Roman author and naturalist, who apparently had a real fondness for wine and cheese and sometimes indulged too much. Luckily he had a family recipe for hangovers: take a canary, lop off the head, pop it into a pan of boiling oil, let it sizzle, and voila—tasty breakfast and no more hangover.


Katerfrühstück means “hangover breakfast” in German (so I’m told). And one traditional hangover breakfast in Germany consists of a delicacy called rollmops: pickled herring wrapped around pickled cucumber and onion. This one actually makes sense—all that salt probably would help you feel better. And if the pickled herring should happen to make you barf, well that’s good too, because you always feel better after you hurl.


Here’s an old-fashioned American remedy: raw egg, worcester sauce, salt, pepper, and tabasco. Is there any science behind it? Eggs are certainly good for a hangover, but there's little advantage and some danger to eating them raw. And I’m pretty sure there is zero nutritional value in worcester or tabasco sauce. So maybe the whole thing was just concocted by some angry parent trying to teach their kid a lesson.


In Sicily—I assume in the olden days—men who had a little too much vino used to cure their hangovers by gnawing on dried bull penises. The idea was that it would restore their virility. And really, how could it not? I mean, what’s more virile than a bull? And what’s the most virile part of a bull?

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  1. Yeah, I think I'll stick to a bit of the hair of the dog, thank you very much.

    BTW, that isn't what we refer to has Prairie Oysters around here. Where I come from, Prairie Oysters are deep fried bovine testicles. I'm not sure which one is worse, at least this kind is cooked.

    Prairie Girl

  2. Pickled herring is actually quite good. And I'm not just saying that because I'm German ;)

    1. Seconding that as another German. And add some hair of the dog in the shape of a nice, draught Beck's!

  3. I'm not hungover and most of those made me queasy.

    Prairie oysters, mountain oysters, lamb fries, pork fries -- different names for the same body part. No thank you.

  4. These remedies all look like good reasons to just avoid getting a hangover in the first place.

  5. A good greasy breakfast soaks up the alcohol. Fried eggs, grits and bacon. Tried and true by me since 1990. Okay, 1986.

  6. Is the dried bull penis still attached to its owner? Cuz, DUH...yeah...that would cure what ails you.

  7. People around here use menudo (the broth, not the boy band). It's made of cow belly and kinda smells like poop, there's not way you'd make me eat it but it's quite popular. Also, they use a pork meat sandwich immersed in hot sauce with loads of onion and lime juice. I've never been hungover, so I'm not sure how effective it is.



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