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These Oktoberfest Pictures Will Make You Thirsty

It’s that time of year again. Along with changing leaves and the clean scent of new school notebooks, late September also welcomes the return of Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival that’s held each year in Munich, Bavaria i Germany. More than six million people trek to the city for Oktoberfest, celebrating Bavarian culture with tasty sausages and soft pretzels and a healthy dose of good German beer.

Along with traditional Bavarian food and drink, the city also celebrates by hosting a number of parades and performances. Check out this gallery featuring the many facets of the Oktoberfest celebration. Hint: you might want to keep a beer stein handy—these pictures are guaranteed to make you thirsty.

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Waitress Carries Beer Steins

Source: Hotel Nights

Toast at Oktoberfest

Source: Mashable

Rifleman's Parade 2014

Young men participate in the Rifleman's Parade at Oktoberfest. Source: Lollitop

Rifleman's Parade

Source: Flickr

Munich Parade

Source: Boston

Crowds Gather in Munich

Source: Boston

Gingerbread Hearts Munich

Gingerbread hearts are sold during Oktoberfest. Source: NBC

Parade of Costumes Germany

Source: News Cafe

Oktoberfest Parades

Source: RT

Oktoberfest Carnival at Night

Source: Wikipedia

Excited Festival Attendees in Germany

Source: Daily Mail

Hangover Hill Munich

Festival attendees sleep on the aptly named Hangover Hill. Source: The Global Experience Blog

Ceremonial Bavarian Costume

Woman dressed in a traditional ceremonial Bavarian costume. Source: The Atlantic

Olympia Looping

Olympia Looping, the well-known carnival ride, makes an appearance at Oktoberfest. Source: Wikipedia

Beer Stein Waitress

Source: WSJ

Crowds in Munich for Oktoberfest

Source: The Atlantic

Oktoberfest Carnival at Night

Source: The Atlantic

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The Science Behind Hangovers–And Which Liquors To Avoid

The hangover: as frustrating as paying rent made worse because you can’t throw money at your landlord to make it go away. Discovery News’ Anthony Carboni delves into veisalgia (the hangover’s technical term), its causes, and why darker liquors tend to exacerbate them. Hint: it’s the congeners.

The Most Fascinating Soviet Anti-Alcoholism Propaganda

If you sip on Russian vodka at parties, you can thank Vladimir the Great. Legend has it that the primary reason that Vlad rejected Islam as the state religion was because Islam prohibited the consumption of all alcohol. To a point, that was a good decision on behalf of future Vlads: by 1860 vodka comprised nearly half of Russia’s state revenue. The “party” could only last for so long and as Russia entered World War I and the Bolsheviks came to power, soviet anti-alcoholism propaganda ran rampantly in efforts to curb and prohibit subsequent alcohol consumption:

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Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 1

"What a shame! He got drunk, swore, smashed a tree and now he's ashamed to look people in the face."

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 2


Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 3

"Get out the drunks out of the workplaces!"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 4

"Don't drink, Dad!"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 5

"Stop! It's the final warning!"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 6

"Have mercy on your future child."

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 7

"Rich inner substance."

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 8

"Remember – When you drink, your family is hungry."

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 9

"For health?"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 10

"Alcohol – Enemy Of Mind"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 11

"And they say we are pigs..."

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 12

"Get out!"

Soviet Anti Alcohol Poster 13

"A friend of vodka is an enemy of the Trade Union."

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Later on in the 20th century, Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev would become known for his great reform efforts, one of which included yet another anti-alcohol campaign. While in some ways Gorbachev’s partial-prohibition had a positive effect on alcoholism itself (life expectancy increased while crime rates fell), his story offered outcomes not unlike other preceding (and unsuccessful) prohibition efforts: it largely devastated the economy and led to the increased prevalence of dangerous black markets. Opting out of the Pyrrhic victory that prohibition tends to provide, in 2010 President Dmitri Medvedev decided to double the minimum price of a bottle of vodka in order to confront the problem more efficiently and effectively.

Thanks to io9 for these images.

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