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Sunday, 24 May 2015


"Hangover" was a common term in the 19th century meaning "unfinished business". Around the early 20th century, the common meaning shifted slightly to mean as it does today.

In ancient Assyria, people consumed ground up bird's beaks mixed with highly pungent tree sap to cure hangovers.

After a feast many Romans would sleep on costly saffron-filled pillows in the belief that they would avoid a hangover.

In Mongolia, a traditional hangover cure was to eat a pickled sheep's eye in a glass of tomato juice.

In 1996, a book about hangovers was published under the title The Wrath Of Grapes.

The world's longest recorded hangover lasted four weeks in 2007. An unnamed Scotsman suffered it after drinking 60 pints - roughly 35 litres - of beer following a domestic crisis.

The medical term for a hangover is veisalgia. It comes from the Greek for pain, 'algia', and Norwegian, 'kveis,' for uneasiness.

To prepare for a night of heavy drinking, people in Puerto Rico rub a slice of lemon or lime on their armpits to avoid a hangover.

Sprite can break down acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol, making it an effective hangover-curing drink.

Hangovers cost the U.S. economy more than $220 billion in lost productivity each year.

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