A (Brief) History of Vice - How Bad Behavior Built by Robert Evans

By Robert Evans

"Mixing technological know-how, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a bright photo of the way undesirable conduct equipped the area we all know and love."
—David Wong, writer of John Dies on the End

History hasn't ever been extra fun—or extra intoxicating.

weapons, germs, and metal may need remodeled us from hunter-gatherers into smooth guy, yet booze, intercourse, trash speak, and tripping outfitted our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged examine and vigorous perception to discover the numerous and luxurious methods vice has inspired historical past, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored an important victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire. And Evans is going deeper than just writing approximately historical debauchery; he recreates a few of history's most pleasurable (and such a lot painful) vices and contains courses so that you can stick with alongside at domestic. You’ll find out how to:
• Trip like a Greek philosopher.
• Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
• Get inebriated like a Sumerian.
• Smoke a nostril pipe like a pre–Columbian local American.

A party of the courageous, drunken pioneers who equipped our civilization one doubtless undesirable determination at a time, A short historical past of Vice explores a facet of the prior that mainstream background books like to conceal.

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The colored-in stones represent the fullest original configuration of Stonehenge, before time and tourists fucked it up. Fortunately, the Maryhill monument is built as a replica of the full, original ’Henge. Tavia Morra Those interstitial rings of stone have a big impact on the overall acoustics, refracting and diffusing sound waves. ” This actually prevents the formation of echoes, and causes sound to reverberate in such a way that it tends to be equally audible anywhere within the circle. But I wasn’t interested in some kind of fancy Stone Age podium.

Mixing booze and food is such a good survival strategy that the only monkeys who fucked enough to pass on their genes were the ones who drank. And yes, there’s hard scientific evidence to support that claim. Frank Wiens and Annette Zitzmann, animal physiologists from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, noted in 2008 that pen-tailed tree shrews really seemed to prefer getting their calories from fermented fruit nectar than from anything else. In evolutionary terms, these guys are the distant uncle Mom refuses to talk about.

I recommend ur-ish coffee as an early evening drink. Break out a few mugs for you and your friends before heading out to a concert or a bar or any other weekend activity at which you plan on drinking. It gives enough energy to push you through that late-afternoon slump. Try this recipe for yourself, mix it with coffee for palatability, and take it at the start of a long night of (responsible) drinking. Let the cloying, fizzy sweetness connect you to the first primates who started us down a long and winding road that led, millions of years later, to every glass of craft beer, wine, or fine liquor you’ve ever sipped.

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