We’re pretty much all thinking about the same thing. The same thing that’s been bumming us out for a couple years. And we’ll definitely get to that. But let’s take our minds off it for a few minutes with a story that has nothing to do with new variants, a tsunami of new cases, or booster shots. It has to do with another kind of shot and an animal you probably don’t want to judge by its size, because it can drink you under the table. Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get a Hamster Drunk. “‘You just put a bottle of unsweetened Everclear on the cage and they love it,’ says Gwen Lupfer, a psychologist at the University of Alaska Anchorage who has studied alcohol consumption in hamsters. They regularly down 18 grams per kilogram of body weight a day, the alcoholic equivalent of a human drinking a liter and a half of 190-proof Everclear. In the wild, hamsters hoard ryegrass seeds and fruit in their burrows, and they eat this fermenting store as it becomes more and more alcoholic over the winter. In the lab, well, they’re pretty happy with Everclear. Given the choice between water and alcohol, they go for the booze.” (Sounds like humans during quarantine.)

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