In 1955, an Arkansas woman drove into a service…

In 1955, an Arkansas woman drove into a service station and said to the attendant in a confidential whisper: “I wish you would check that guy behind me; I think he’s drunk.” Police said the “guy” behind was a driverless pickup truck, whose bumper was locked with the rear bumper of the woman’s car. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology…

alchy-hamster-alcoholic-croppedBack in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”