Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hangover Help From Some Strange, Sick Sources

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you ring in the New Year with a horrible hangover, forget the Bloody Mary and suck down a swallow’s beak instead.

Rollin Riggs is a Memphis-based hangover historian and publisher of The Hangover Handbook: 101 Cures for Humanity’s Oldest Malady (Mustang Publishing), who says that knocking back swallows’ beaks mixed with bitter myrrh was the way ancient Assyrians dealt with their post-partying pukey problems.

Other strange, unsettling solutions include...

  • The “Royal Peter,” named after Russian leader Peter the Great, is a mouth-worrying mixture of warm brandy spiced with lots of pepper.

  • A raw egg seasoned with salt, vinegar, and cayenne pepper helps Australians ease their day-after-drinking dilemma.

  • A cure from the Middle Ages, which might make your stomach swim upstream with its combination of bitter almonds and a raw eel.

    But in the end, Riggs says there’s no real proven cure for a hangover, and your best bet is to follow three simple rules.

    He says, “Drink a big glass of water, take a few Advil, and put plastic sheets on the bed.”

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