Beer Trivia For The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl and its accompanying camaraderie are just around the corner. It is the perfect time to wow your buddies with Super Bowl trivia, especially that concerning odd pieces of information on that great American beverage, beer.

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The first Super Bowl football championship was played in 1967, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs. The sports-history breaking game took place on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, following the merger of the NFL with the fledgling AFL. The AFL, under new Commissioner Al Davis, was well on its way to bringing the NFL to its knees by signing more and more top NFL players away from the NFL, along with top college talent, but AFL team owners, who dreamt more of being part of the NFL establishment than dominating professional football with their own league, accepted the NFL’s merger terms, to combine into a single league, with the Super Bowl game to decide the league’s championship.

Ancient Egyptian pyramid builders were partial to beer, which they usually drank through a straw. The beer’s flavor was much like that of Chardonnay.

Unlike the beer of other countries, American beer is made mostly of rice. Rice gives beer a lighter taste and its use was promoted to appeal to women buyers.

In 1642, Hoboken, New Jersey was home to America’s first brewery.

We’ve all heard of the phrase “rule of thumb.” Legend has it that it evolved from the practice of brewers, in the days before the invention of thermometers, would poke a thumb or finger into the beer mixture in an attempt to find the most suitable temperature for adding yeast. If the mixture was too cold, the yeast wouldn’t grow but if it was too hot, the yeast would die.

England is the home of the word “toddlers.” The drinking water was so contaminated that it was prohibited to be used for that purpose. Beer was used as a substitute beverage because it was inexpensive, abundant, and during the brewing process the water was boiled. Toddlers were being weaned off mother’s milk and the logical substitution was beer. Unfortunately, the children were not acclimated to the side effects of beer. This, paired with their large motor muscles being unaccustomed to supporting their bodies, really demonstrated how to toddle across the room.

Low in vitamins? Beer is loaded with the B-complex vitamins.

It is thought the first beer came into existence from moist grains sitting around for an extended time.

To remove the head of foam from the top of your beer, stick your fingers in it. If you put salted peanuts in a glass of beer, the nuts will dance around.

A person who collects beer mats practices tegestology while a collector of beer bottles is a labeorphilist.

From the 14th to 18th centuries, European and American universities provided beer to their students from their own in-house breweries. In 1674, not only did Harvard have its own brewery but also had five beer halls which were burned down by rioting divinity students.

A Brief Survey Of Rare Birds Or Most Creative Halloween Costumes For 2017

As we rapidly approach the time of the year when Halloween bashes will be in full swing, I thought I would take a brief look of what the fashion craze is this year?

It’s really quite staggering the number of shops across the country which cater to costumes.

Women's Cotton Mountain Reflections Short Sleeve T-ShirtAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010 estimates), there are 1, 634 costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation. And according to the National Retail Federation, 35.7 percent of Americans look to a retail store for costume ideas. What’s more, seven in 10 Americans (71.5 percent) will get into the haunting Halloween mood, up from 68.6 percent last year, the most in NRF’s 10-year survey history.

NRF’s survey also points out that the average person this year will spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $72.31 last year, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $8 billion; and nearly six million adults planning to dress as a witch, and 3.2 million as vampires.

So let’s take a brief tour around the country to see what’s trending.

1.) At Ricky’s NYC, an edgy, ultra-hip beauty shop specializing in unique fashion accessories (with a number of stores located throughout Manhattan), their top 10 Halloween costumes for adults are as follows:

Catwoman

Sexy Flash

Smurfette

Captain Jack Sparrow

Big Bird

Red Riding Hood

Burlesque Babe

Parisian Showgirl

Snow White

The Huntsman

2.) Straight from the first presidential debate, “Big Bird” has been an eye-catcher at Mallet Pharmacy & Costume in Madison Wisconsin, so much so that the owners of the store have even shipped yellow feather wigs to NPR in Washington, DC. In addition to Big Bird, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney masks have also been popular as well.

As of yet, no requests for a Clinton Eastwood mask with any empty chair attached to the customer. NFL replacement ref costumes, however, according to the shops owners, “ have flown out the door.”

Other popular items at Mallet’s include:

Shades of Grey, (Grey clothes, grey wig and grey makeup) are also popular for “50 shades of grey.”

Super heroes, including Teenage Ninja Turtles still are top on boys list followed by Harry Potter and Basic Black Robes with a Scary Mask.

Girls are still interested in Princesses, Witches and Animal Costumes.

The classics are still strong! Adults still make Zombies their number one choice followed by vampires.

3.) Massachusetts may not be considered a swing state, but the Garment District in Cambridge, Ma., has been rocking it with a variety of politically themed costumes, including Barack Obama and Mitt Romney masks, elephant and donkey mascot costumes, and other politically correct accessories.

The owner informs me they had a Big Bird on order – that’s been a popular political-themed request this year; and at least one creative customer put together a “workout Paul Ryan” costume using items from their store.

For the nonpartisans, other popular items at the Garment District include: Gotye, Hunger Games characters, Snow White characters, and superheroes – especially The Avengers or the new Dark Knight-style Batman. In addition, the “classics” are still going strong -including pirates, Star Wars characters, zombies, and vampires.

4.) At Costume World Dallas , the most popular costume of the year is Kia Dancing Hampsters.

Also popular are:

Grapes costume – add helmet and a gun or sword- Grapes of Wrath

Any pig mask or ears tail. Nose of a pig – add wings- Swine Flu

Any bug kit or bug accessories- add wings- Flu Bug

Priest set with wig with curlers- Holy Roller

18th century with cow bell or any bell and skeleton makeup- you are a dead ringer!

5.) At Beyond Costumes in Yonkers, the owners tell me they have received tons of requests for Big “Yellow” Bird since the debate. Other popular costumes include: many of the super heroes, including Avenger’s, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man. Also doing well are Batman, Batwoman, and Catgirl from Dark Knight Rises.

Some of the more artistic costumes, according to the stores owners, have involved creative futuristic styles, mixing shiny body suits and capes with platinum wigs and giant wings, more of a Lady Gaga inspiration. Also taking classic Halloween costumes such as Frankenstein and putting a modern twist to it.

6.) Sword & Stone in Burbank Calif., is a costume shop which for the most part caters to film and commercial clients. Since they supply costumes to Capitol One for their “what’s in your wallet” campaign, they have received some interest in the Visigoth outfits. And according to store owner, Tony Swatton, they have also received inquiries about sexy gladiator costumes for women.