Have a little too much of this colourless, odourless Russian alcohol and you could be spending breakfast with your head by the toilet. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve had your fair taste of the drink, whether on its own, with Red Bull, or some cheap mixer or other. Either way, here are some facts you (probably) never knew about Vodka:
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHICH IS THE PUREST OF THEM ALL?
Vodka is the purest alcohol as it contains much less fusel oils than other alcoholic drinks. If you’re not sure what fusel oils are, just know that they are bad for you. (Or Wiki it)
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VODKA MEANS ‘WATER’ IN RUSSIAN
Well….that explains the Russians for you. But on a serious note, it was the colourless and odourless feature that brought about the nickname “Voda” which means water.
Also once you’re sloshed, they taste the same.
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NUMBS YOUR PAIN
Both emotionally and physically. Vodka is popularly used to drown one’s sorrows, but it was also used as an anaesthetic for soldiers during the war days.
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YAY! HEALTH BENEFITS!
A moderate consumption of Vodka keeps arteries healthy and cholesterol down, while reducing the risk of strokes, heart-attacks, and Alzheimer’s. The key word here though is moderate. Sorry, alcoholics.
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VODKA CAN BE USED AS A DISINFECTANT
But let’s face it, to use Vodka to clean your dishes and mop your floors, you’d first have to be slightly cuckoo. Or filthy rich. Or both.
“But this IS a special occasion, honey!”
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ONE IS NOT EQUALS TO ONE
All your mathematical foundations go out the window even before getting tipsy. Due to Vodka being less dense than water, 1 litre of Vodka would weigh up to less than 1 kilogram.
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VODKA CAN’T FREEZE OVER
This is the main reason it grew in popularity in cold, cold Russia. The high alcohol content in Vodka makes it difficult to freeze.
One glass down, 7 more to go for the day.
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CAN BE SPLASHED ON YOUR FACE
….as an aftershave. It was said that the Polish once used scented Vodka this way
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THE HOLY GRAIL OF WINE STAINS
An eye for an eye might make the world go blind, but in this case, using alcohol to fight alcohol works like magic . Soak the wine stained section in Vodka for a couple of minutes, and voila! Your clothes may be drunk, but they’re clean.
Nice try, Steve. We’re not giving you the whole bottle.
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MOST POPULAR DRINKS
Vodka Redbull – the ingredients say it all
Martini – Vodka, Dry Vermouth
Bloody Mary – Vodka, Tomato Juice, Tabasco sauce
Cosmopolitan – Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Cointreau