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A Senator Learns Why Four Bottles of Gin and An Angry Mistress Don't Mix

Contemporary politicians do their best to supply us with a steady stream of scandals. But the strange case of New Jersey State Senator—shot by his mistress, Ruth Jayne Cranmer, in 1931—would grab headlines even today. This was during Prohibition, of course, but it started with lots of gin. » 7/17/15 2:40pm 7/17/15 2:40pm

The Government Uses Toxic Chemicals To Stop You Drinking Hand Sanitizer

During Prohibition, the US Government put toxic chemicals into any products that contained alcohol, just to make sure nobody would drink them. Now, Prohibition is long over... but the policy of adding poison to alcoholic products has never ended. Here are the deadly additives that are only there to keep you drinking… » 5/19/15 11:14am 5/19/15 11:14am

Boozy Snapshots of American Life Under Prohibition

From 1919 to 1933, the United States was a dry nation. It was illegal to make, sell, or consume alcohol. In this collection of images, you'll see what daily life was like in a country where police poured millions of gallons of booze into the gutters — and everyone else surreptitiously drank it in bizarre, hidden… » 7/09/13 4:19pm 7/09/13 4:19pm

Are you in danger of spontaneously combusting? The risk factors according to a 1799 physician

Modern scientists are still investigating what might be behind reports of alleged spontaneous human combustion, but by the end of the 18th century, reports of humans suddenly going up in flames were pervasive enough that physicians compiled supposed risk factors for the phenomenon. » 2/23/13 10:00am 2/23/13 10:00am