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2013-07-14 05:17:11 PM  
www.vinylsurrender.com

Nip it in the bud.
 
2013-07-14 05:36:34 PM  
How beer influenced RAPE-culture, maybe.

/amirite, White Knights?
 
2013-07-14 05:37:10 PM  
...with the Cliff Clavin seal of approval.
 
2013-07-14 06:03:43 PM  
A good book that is related to this topic is Guns, Germs and Steel.
 
2013-07-14 07:17:00 PM  
And now that beer is illegal in that part of the world, modern day Mesopotamia is the perfect model of civilization, amirite?
 
2013-07-14 07:39:10 PM  
Without reading the article, you make beer because the grain itself and anything else you can make with grain rots rather quickly, so beer makes for good, efficient, long term calorie storage.  Without long term storage, it's difficult to grow any settlement past small village size, due to the potential for under and over production of grain leading to either not enough grain or wasted grain, so being able to store it for long periods allows you to smooth out these bumps and grow much larger.
 
2013-07-14 08:19:12 PM  
Hey. Someone linked my blog and it wasn't me.

Must be movin' up in the world.
 
2013-07-14 09:36:18 PM  

WhippingBoy: How beer influenced RAPE-culture, maybe.

/amirite, White Knights?


No one at Fark will white knight rape culture, especially at the expense of beer.
 
2013-07-14 09:41:06 PM  

MrEricSir: And now that beer is illegal in that part of the world, modern day Mesopotamia is the perfect model of civilization, amirite?


Good point. When I first read TFH I thought to myself, "The Mesopotamians could really stand to chill out with a few Tigris Pale Ales." Maybe that would improve their attitudes.
 
2013-07-15 02:53:43 AM  

LrdPhoenix: Without reading the article, you make beer because the grain itself and anything else you can make with grain rots rather quickly, so beer makes for good, efficient, long term calorie storage.  Without long term storage, it's difficult to grow any settlement past small village size, due to the potential for under and over production of grain leading to either not enough grain or wasted grain, so being able to store it for long periods allows you to smooth out these bumps and grow much larger.


Replace beer with bread and you'll be on to something.
 
2013-07-15 10:50:44 AM  
Reminds me of the book A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage.  A pretty entertaining read.  I would recommend you find it at your library or bookseller.  He talks about 6 beverages that really helped shape the course of civilization.  In order:  Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea, Cola.  It is kind of interesting.  For example, spirits (rum is the best known example) was fundamental in the age of exploration/sail.  Rum could be mixed with questionable water and make it last longer.  Grog was spirits and some sort of fruit.  This helped with protect against scurvy.

At any rate, fun stuff.
 
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