Fact: The founding fathers of the US loved to drink.
While in France, Jefferson spent a great deal of time in the vineyards of Burgundy. John Adams is said to have drunk cider for breakfast every day to the day he died. In 1787, two days before they signed off on the Constitution, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention partied at a tavern. According to the bill preserved from the evening, they drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.
In their defense, we must mention that getting drunk and not losing control was socially acceptable and perfectly normal back in those times. Of course that would slowly change and become less acceptable, until the US had alcohol prohibition in the early 20th century.
Kinda makes you wonder how the guys ever managed to put together one of the most powerful and influential documents of our time, doesn't it? Those founding fathers sure had steel in their backbone, lead lined guts, and balls of pure brass!
We better have our coffee inside this morning, as we have a storm supposedly moving in. Rain, thunder, wind and hail! Nice, huh?