Monday, February 22, 2010

...for something completely different

Here, from Slate, is an article about the US government during Prohibition (1920-1933). The Feds ordered the adding of poisonous chemical disincentives to industrial alcohol. The idea: To keep people from drinking the stuff as a substitute for genuine booze. Hundreds if not thousands died....

I'd never heard a word about any of this, even from my father, a young man in Detroit during Prohibition. A meat-cutter, he sold sliced meat to speakeasies, and would surely have known. Has anyone heard anything about this?

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