Alcohol is a fickle mistress. For a lot of people, it's one of the main ways to have a good time in a social situation, lowering inhibitions and making dudes think that they can dance… And to others it's one of the main ways to have a bad time for the exact same reasons plus a terrible hangover the next day. You may know a lot about your favorite beer, wine, or spirit-- But we'd reckon there are a few facts on this list that will still surprise you. 

Did you know the funny way vodka was marketed to compete with the more popular whiskey? Or the weird ways prohibition-era drinkers tried to capture the taste of their favorite drinks? Or how one of the most famous names in all of booze had actually never enjoyed a drop? 

One thing not included is some sort of magical cure all for hangovers-- You're on your own with that.

The oldest recorded beer recipe is in a Sumerian song, The Hymn to Ninkasi, 14 originally found on a tablet from 1800 ВСЕ. CRACKED.COM

Communion wine was the first drink consumed on the Moon's surface. Before the flight, Buzz Aldrin made arrangements with his pastor to bring a small amount of blessed wine and bread to the Moon which he drank and ate in the lunar lander shortly after landing on the surface. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Beer attracts slugs. That's because beer smells like overripe fruit to slugs, thanks to its fermented yeast.

During Prohibition, bootleggers would try to mimic the tastes of different drinks with strange ingredients. For instance, to imitate bourbon, they would add dead rats and rotten meat. Juniper oil was used for gin, and creosote for scotch's smoky flavor. CRACKED.COM

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The bubbles in Guinness Stout sink, rather than rise. ESTP 1759 GUINNESS BREWED IN DUBLIN Researchers in Ireland speculate that it has to do with the shape of the pint glass it's usually served in. CRACKED.COM

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