We’re starting a new tradition over here at TumbleRoot. We’ve all heard about “Throwback Thursday”. It’s the weekly time where everyone posts selfies they took 2 years ago, or that old photo of Britney and Justin in their matching denim from the 90’s. You know what we’re talkin’ about.
For our throwbacks, we thought we’d commemorate a pastime that we care for with a love much stronger and longer lasting than good ol’ Brit and JT’s relationship. You guessed it. We’re gonna bring back some old school booze y’all.
To start us off, and since the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition was just this past week (Dec 5th), we’re gonna take you back in time with 10 fun facts about prohibition. All of these facts came from the awesome folks over at Prohibitionrepeal.com
- The Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was a major supporter of prohibition and taught as “scientific fact” that the majority of beer drinkers die from dropsie (edema or swelling).
- “Bathtub gin” got its name from the fact that alcohol, glycerine and juniper juice was mixed in bottles or jugs too tall to be filled with water from a sink tap so they were commonly filled under a bathtub tap. Sounds delightful. Pour some juice in that bathtub and you’ve got an instant party.
- The speakeasy got its name because one had to whisper a code word or name through a slot in a locked door to gain admittance. It also sounded like a really bad-ass name for a bar.
- New York City alone had about thirty thousand (yes, 30,000) speakeasies.
- In Los Angeles, a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. The jurors argued in their defense that they had simply been “sampling” the evidence to determine whether or not it contained alcohol, which they determined it did. However, because they consumed the evidence, the defendant charged with bootlegging had to be acquitted. If only we could all actually drink our problems away and not just wake up saturday morning with a pounding headache and a phone full of drunk texts.
- Prohibition led to a boom in the cruise industry. By taking what were advertised as “cruises to nowhere,” people could legally consume alcohol as soon as the ship entered international waters where they would typically cruise in circles. Side note: this is Betty Blythe, one of Hollywoods very first sex symbols. Hot damn … look at those sultry ankles.
- The human body produces its own supply of alcohol naturally on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Therefore, we always have alcohol in our bodies. Drinking just helps keep everything in balance.
- Prohibition clearly benefited some people. Notorious bootlegger Al Capone made $60,000,000…that’s sixty million dollars…per year (untaxed!) while the average industrial worker earned less than $1,000 per year. Musta been nice, Al.
- Repeal occurred at 4:31 p.m. on December 5, 1933, ending 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours and 32.5 minutes of Prohibition. The second half of that 32nd minute was freaking EPIC.
- “What America needs now is a drink” declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of Prohibition. What a stud.