1. Party at the Colosseum
The Romans were so jazzed about the construction of the Colosseum that they stopped everything and partied hard for three full months about it. Food, drink, gladiator battles, the works. They even flooded the Colosseum and held mock naval battles in which people actually died.
2. The Constitution Party
This nation’s most important document wasn’t written overnight. Nope, it took months. And the celebration of its completion saw our founding fathers throw a party that would rival even the most elaborate frat gatherings. They blew it out, as was their constitutional right.
4. The London Beer Flood of 1814
A Beer Baron named Sir Henry Meux built an enormous brewing vat that measured 60ft in diameter and 20 feet tall. Before having it filled with booze, Henry invited guests to dine inside of it. But because of a structural flaw, once it was finally filled with spirits, the whole thing gave way. The streets of London were flooded with 7.5 million solo cups worth of beer. Seven people drowned. Now that’s a party.
5. Andrew Jackson’s Cheese Party
Near the end of President Andrew Jackon’s final term, he was gifted a 1,400lb wheel of cheese. After fermenting for more than a year, Jackson invited anyone and everyone to come and eat it at the white house. 10,000 people showed up, and every single one of them became drunk with cheese.
7. Henry VIII’s Peace Party
Once bitter enemies, Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France decided to ally themselves in 1520. They did so by throwing an excessively elaborate party. It lasted three weeks, and it ended when Henry lost a playful wrestling match between himself and Francis. He was such a sore loser that he allied himself with Francis’ enemy, the Holy Roman Empire. Such fickle, petty world leaders they were.
8. Alexander the Great’s City-Burning Soiree
When Alexander the Great finally conquered Persepolis, the unattainable crown jewel, he naturally threw an orgy-rific party. One thing led to another, and he ended up burning the city down in the name of Greece, per the suggestion of a random girl he was talking to. Man oh man was he embarrassed when he woke up the next day.
9. A Most Epic Sailor Party
in 1694, a man named Admiral Edward Russell threw a party for sailors only. In order to quench their thirst, he filled a fountain with 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and five pounds of nutmeg. It took 5,000 sailors a full week to finish this most epic batch of jungle juice.
10. Captain Morgan’s Pregame
For the real Captain Henry Morgan, adventure and partying went hand in hand. He and his crew would prepare for their impending adventure by mapping out the route and rationing out supplies over a bowl of rum punch. When that was gone, the real party would begin.