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The Khan’s Drinking Fountain

- April 4, 2019 in airag, alcohol, Art & Illustrations, ayrag, Culture & History, drinking, empire, fermented mare's milk, fountain, kumis, Möngke khan, mongol empire

Of all the things described in William of Rubruck’s account of his travels through 13th-century Asia, perhaps none is so striking as the remarkably ornate fountain he encountered in the Mongol capital which — complete with silver fruit and an angelic automaton — flowed with various alcoholic drinks for the grandson of Genghis Khan and guests. Devon Field explores how this so-called Silver Tree of Karakoum became a potent symbol, not only of the Mongol Empire’s imperial might, but also its downfall.

Schneider Von Groot’s Christmas Dream (1885)

- December 12, 2018 in alcohol, christmas, demons, devils, dreams, drinking, schnapps, temperance, temperance movement

Born of the temperance movement, this poem dramatises the ills of drinking schnapps, through one man’s bloody battle with thousands of intoxicated demons.

Schneider Von Groot’s Christmas Dream (1885)

- December 12, 2018 in alcohol, christmas, demons, devils, dreams, drinking, schnapps, temperance, temperance movement

Born of the temperance movement, this poem dramatises the ills of drinking schnapps, through one man’s bloody battle with thousands of intoxicated demons.

Alcohol and the Human Body (1949)

- December 15, 2015 in alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, health

An educational film by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films showing the effects that alcohol has on the human body and brain as well as the dangers of alcoholism.

Alcohol and the Human Body (1949)

- December 15, 2015 in alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, health

An educational film by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films showing the effects that alcohol has on the human body and brain as well as the dangers of alcoholism.

The First Circus (1921)

- October 13, 2015 in alcohol, animation, circus, dinosaur, monkeys, prohibition, puppets, tony sarg

Two animations by Tony Sarg: one an untitled film critiquing the Prohibition of the 20s via the medium of drunk monkeys, the other a series of humorous scenes depicting a circus.

The First Circus (1921)

- October 13, 2015 in alcohol, animation, circus, dinosaur, monkeys, prohibition, puppets, tony sarg

Two animations by Tony Sarg: one an untitled film critiquing the Prohibition of the 20s via the medium of drunk monkeys, the other a series of humorous scenes depicting a circus.