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Do People Actually Play Darts Better Drunk? Johns Hopkins Decided to Find Out

Do People Actually Play Darts Better Drunk? Johns Hopkins Decided to Find Out

In April of 1920, a permit asking for permission to purchase 34 gallons of rye whiskey for “scientific research for educational purposes” was filed at Johns Hopkins University. National Prohibition had just been enacted, and the country was officially dry. Alcohol for serious scientific purposes, however, was generally allowed. This particular serious scientific purpose? Whether […]

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That Time Stephen Hawking Threw a Champagne Party for Time Travelers

That Time Stephen Hawking Threw a Champagne Party for Time Travelers

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking likes two things: simple experiments and Champagne. So he combined the two and solved one of humanity’s age old questions: Will humans ever be able to time travel? Hawking threw a Champagne party for time travelers complete with Krug and hors d’oeuvres in 2009, and didn’t release the invitations until after […]

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In 1964 the Mexican President Gassed Up a Car With Tequila. Here’s What Happened

In 1964 the Mexican President Gassed Up a Car With Tequila. Here’s What Happened

On January 13, 1964, an understated newspaper clipping from the Associated Press came out of Mexico. It claimed that a car in Mexico City was running on a rather unorthodox source of fuel. “Tests performed here established that the new turbine-powered Chrysler would run on 80-proof tequila,” the clipping read. But the story of the car that […]

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