National Name Your Poison Day is celebrated annually on June 8. While “name your poison” is an expression used to describe your drink of choice, it also refers to making the least bad decision. There are many instances in life when we have to choose the lesser of the two or more evils. National Name Your Poison Day celebrates our ability to choose the ‘poison’ or make a decision that will be the least harmful of all the available options.
History of National Name Your Poison Day
The word ‘poison’ has been used as slang for alcoholic drinks since the mid-19th century. It may have come from the Latin root ‘toxicum’ (poison) of the word ‘intoxicate.’ It can also refer to the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This is where phrases like “name your poison”, “pick your poison” and “what’s your poison?” came from.
The mid-1800s also saw mountaineers of central Austria form the habit of drinking arsenic preparations once or twice every week as a general tonic or stimulant. They came to be known as “arsenic eaters.” Some of them even developed the reputation of having built up a high tolerance in case their enemies tried to poison them.
The March 24, 1864, edition of the “Daily National Republican” newspaper in Washington, D.C., reported that the phrase, “Please nominate your poison, gentlemen,” was the latest way of asking what drink men would like to have. The story made its way to newspapers across America and, by 1867, many writers were using the colloquial term.
While the phrase “nominate your poison” goes back to the early temperance-movement days, it mostly refers to the action of placing an order for a drink. In 1914, when the mayor of Ohio passed the law requiring all those who drink to apply for drinking licenses, the phrase became a lot more popular.
The alternative meaning of the phrase, i.e. “making the least bad choice,” has more recently become popularized. The most probable reason for this is because it not only limits the phrase to drinkers but can be used in other contexts. Why? Because it sounds cool, right?
National Name Your Poison Day timeline
The first definition of the cocktail appears: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.”
Jerry Thomas publishes the “Bar-Tender’s Guide,” which is widely considered the first bartending guide.
The Prohibition Act (the 18th Amendment), which prohibits the manufacture and sale of alcohol, is ratified.
The song ‘Rum and Coca-Cola’ (reflecting the popularity of rum) by The Andrew Sisters tops the charts of U.S. Pop Singles and remains at the top for 10 weeks.
National Name Your Poison Day FAQs
How do you know if you are poisoned?
Most poisons can be detected in urine or blood. The doctor may run a toxicology report using a saliva- or urine sample.
What is the slowest acting poison?
Thallium is the slowest acting poison. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless and is called the “poisoner’s poison.” It is painful, slow-acting, and has a wide range of symptoms that are often suggestive of other conditions and illnesses.
How much would you have to drink to get alcohol poisoning?
There is no particular quantity for that but binge drinking is the major cause of alcohol poisoning. For males, it is the rapid consumption of five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours. For females, it is at least four drinks in two hours. In many cases, binge drinking can go on for hours and even several days.
How To Celebrate National Name Your Poison Day
Indulge in all things ‘Poison’
A good way to celebrate National Name Your Poison Day is to listen to the ’80s metal band Poison. You can also watch movies like “Poison,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” You can also read books about the history of alcohol.
Have a drink
Go to the bar and “pick your poison.” Or you can also let go of your diet regime for the day, go to a restaurant, and order your favorite cheat meal (aka, your poison).
Enjoy it with family and friends
Invite your family and friends and drink your favorite ‘poisons’ together. We should all have a drink with our closest people from time to time, after all.
5 Facts About Poison That Will Blow Your Mind
In 1921, a chauffeur was the top-reported job in California for people named ‘Poison.’
Name your poison frog
The golden poison dart frog is the most poisonous frog in the world and one gram of its secretion can kill 1,000 adult humans.
A poisonous relief
Painkillers are the most common substances that poison adults above the age of 20.
Poison for dinner
Dinnertime is the most common time for childhood poisonings — to the extent that poison-control centers refer to dinnertime as “the arsenic hour.”
In America, the majority of poisonings are caused due to drug overdose.
Why We Love National Name Your Poison Day
A break out of our comfort zone
On National Name Your Poison Day, we step out of our comfort zones and celebrate what we want to drink and not what we should drink. We get to enjoy the diversity of drinks as we can “pick any poison of our choice” in celebration.
Spending time with friends
National Pick Your Poison Day brings the opportunity to raise a toast to our favorite “poisons” or drinks with our friends. It is a great way to break the routine and trying out a new bar or new drinks.
Celebrates bad decisions
We always celebrate when we find out that we made the right decision. National Pick Your Poison Day celebrates the bad decisions we have all made and the fact that we survived the consequences.
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