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How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Beer Trio

I just spent an enjoyable hour watching television. I don’t watch television as a rule, but for this one hour I made an exception…

The show was “How Beer Saved the World” on Discovery Channel. As you may recall, I pointed out quite a while back that beer was the cause of civilization. (Okay, actually I wrote a post highlighting the research of many learned academics and others. If you’re going to quibble.) This show actually agreed with me! Interestingly, they also showed a few more small ideas, like how beer:

  • Built the Pyramids in Egypt;
  • Led to the “discovery” of modern antibiotics over 3,000 years ago;
  • Saved millions of lives in the Middle Ages in Europe;
  • Caused the Pilgrims to land way off-course in Plymouth, Mass;
  • Gave the United States its National Anthem;
  • Automated factory processes in America;

and many more tidbits. The only key part they left out was how beer led to the quality revolution in manufacturing. (I’ll be sending them a stern note for overlooking the impact of beer on statistical practices. Just as soon as I finish my Guinness.)

It was an hour well spent. My spouse, the beauteous Paula Jo, watched and learned along with me. The Underground’s Elves were there, shouting out “I knew that” and “Cheers!” at every opportunity. (Not to mention, guzzling plenty of my beer in celebration. But that’s a normal evening for them.) Even Sonia and Suzy Q were there; although I must admit, the animals were less enthusiastic than I expected.

If you get a chance, consider watching this show when Discover puts it on a future rerun. There’s no indication on their website yet, at least not through February 13. Keep your eyes peeled though! (As long as that doesn’t hurt too much.)

Enjoy the (History of Beer) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
  39. A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving
  40. Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever
  41. If You’re Going Out Into the Snow, Take Your Beer Along (Lots of It)
  42. No Eat Strong Pig, Eat Monster Gummy Bear Instead
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