1. Ancient Greece: Boiled cabbage.
The Greeks recommended eating boiled cabbage after a heavy night, claiming that the strong smell helped to restored the senses.
2. Ancient Rome: Raw owl’s eggs and fried canary.
Thanks to Pliny the Elder, raw owl’s eggs or fried canary were the brunch of choice.
3. Ancient Egypt: Put a spell on some beer.
Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts, translated by J. F. Borghouts, offers this spell to cure what ails you.
Hail to you Lady of Hetepet (Hathor, goddess of drunkenness)! There is no restraining Seth when he has set his heart on conquering a heart in that name of his of “Beer,” to confuse a heart, to conquer the heart of an enemy, a fiend, a male ghost, a female ghost, etc. This spell is said during the drinking of beer; to be spat up. Truly effective, (proved) millions of times!
4. Mesopotamian: Licorice.
This combo was offered as a cure: “Take licorice, beans, oleander… to be compounded with oil and wine before the approach of the goddess Gula (or sunset).”
6. Middle ages: Raw eel.
Raw eel not floating your boat? Bitter almonds were also thought to help things along.
10. 1800s: Soot.
Enterprising chimney sweeps had a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of soot.
15. 1938: Coca-Cola and milk.
Invented by the head banquet man at the Ritz, this cure involved shaking a bottle of chilled Coke, and squirting it into a glass of cold milk. This cure was served at the coming out party of Brenda Frazier, whose press agent commented that after the cure “you take a little nap and after that you feel wonderful.”
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