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Old 10-23-2014, 07:24 PM   #701
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"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”


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And this guy (papa) knew how to drink
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:50 PM   #702
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Beethoven´s Best Friend/The wine that Beethoven loved so much/History

Intelligent people like wine. It is not easy to be intelligent..........
And I like Cognac, distilled from wine to a concentration of 80 proof, and then aged for a decade until it is so smooooth...

Actually, spirits can be as high as 140 proof after distilling. This allows for alcohol loss by seepage through the casks, ending up at 80 proof when it is bottled.

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"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
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And this guy (papa) knew how to drink
So, they drink to a stupor, reducing their intelligence till the point of happiness. Yes, we all have seen that often, even in people without surplus intelligence when still sober.

Corollary: The dumber you get, the happier you are.
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And I like Cognac, distilled from wine to a concentration of 80 proof, and then aged for a decade until it is so smooooth...

So, they drink to a stupor, reducing their intelligence till the point of happiness. Yes, we all have seen that often, even in people without surplus intelligence when still sober.

Corollary: The dumber you get, the happier you are.
And they say alcohol is a depressant!
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Yes there is a correlation between intelligence and alcohol consumption. (I am not sure about happiness). That is to say fact that Beethoven or Hemingway were alcoholics is not overly surprising to me (given my age and acceptance of things)

Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol | Psychology Today

But Hemingway's depression was in the way hereditary disease that plagued his family...probably not related to his intelligence.
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And they say alcohol is a depressant!
It surely depresses! We are still talking about intelligence here, aren't we?

But it makes people do this.
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Yes there is a correlation between intelligence and alcohol consumption. (I am not sure about happiness). That is to say fact that Beethoven or Hemingway were alcoholics is not overly surprising to me (given my age and acceptance of things)

Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol | Psychology Today

But Hemingway's depression was in the way hereditary disease that plagued his family...probably not related to his intelligence.
I did not know these bums sleeping on sidewalk were all former Mensa members. Learn something everyday.
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It surely depresses! We are still talking about intelligence here, aren't we?

But it makes people do this.
Okay, got it, depresses intelligence stimulating happiness. Now if I could only decide what I need more and when.
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Okay, got it, depresses intelligence stimulating happiness. Now if I could only decide what I need more and when.
Well, remember the phrase "fat, dumb, and happy"? Folk wisdom...

So, you need to eat more bacon too.
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"You, Mr Churchill, are drunk."

"And you, Lady Astor, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning."
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What is happiness worth anyway, it can't buy you money.
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Silly me! For a while I thought fortified wine referred to a plan to put vitamins into wine so as to improve the nutrition of the bums street people.
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What is happiness worth anyway, it can't buy you money.
But it lets you forget you don't have it?

Well, you still need $3 for a bottle of Night Train, but I think that with an investment of a cardboard sign, you can get enough for a fix in less than 1 hour, if you choose the right intersection.
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Reminds me of a coffee cup I saw on someone's desk: "Yeah, I'm Fat. But You're Ugly, and I Can Diet." .

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"And you, Lady Astor, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning."
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A bottle of Everclear, a spirit that is almost pure grain alcohol at 151 proof can be purchased for $18 at Bevmo, and used mostly to mix drink. The price works out to $32/liter of ethanol.
Everclear can also be had at 190 proof. Useful for trash-can punch...
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Ah, HFWR, that reminded me of a central feature in my and DH's early courtship...the consumption of a copious amount of something romantically called "Gator Spit", which contained in roughly equal portions: questionably cheap vodka, Cheerwine, and Hawaiian Punch.
Ah, good times.
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the consumption of a copious amount of something romantically called "Gator Spit", which contained in roughly equal portions: questionably cheap vodka, Cheerwine, and Hawaiian Punch.
Ah, good times.
Ugh. That stuff sounds disgusting. Strangely, though, I can see how consuming it early on can lead to a long lasting, close and tender relationship.
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Ah, HFWR, that reminded me of a central feature in my and DH's early courtship...the consumption of a copious amount of something romantically called "Gator Spit", which contained in roughly equal portions: questionably cheap vodka, Cheerwine, and Hawaiian Punch.
Ah, good times.
Our usual concoction of Everclear (or, alternatively, Golden Grain) and HP "Tropical Fruit Punch" was nicknamed "Purple Jesus".

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Ugh. That stuff sounds disgusting. Strangely, though, I can see how consuming it early on can lead to a long lasting, close and tender relationship.


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Ah, HFWR, that reminded me of a central feature in my and DH's early courtship...the consumption of a copious amount of something romantically called "Gator Spit", which contained in roughly equal portions: questionably cheap vodka, Cheerwine, and Hawaiian Punch.
Ah, good times.
That might actually be cheaper per unit than Night Train, Boone's Farm, and the other maladies listed here. $14 for six liters of gator spit at a 13.3% alcohol concentration versus $3-4 per 3/4 liter for the fortified wines. Gator spit = $1.75 per 750 mL (or "fifth" as many call it).
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