Monday, July 10, 2006

But why is all the rum gone?

Jack Sparrow, being a pirate of the Caribbean, came by his fascination with rum honestly. Since rum originated in these islands, being nothing more than a fermented byproduct of sugar cane harvests, it's no surprise that it's his favorite beverage of choice.

And indeed, not only was Cap'n Jack a fan of the beverage--it evolved into quite a commodity once the British privateers began to trade on it. In fact, it became so much a part of sea life that the British Navy allotted a "tot" of rum per man per day until 1970!

Legend has it that after Horatio Nelson's victory at Trafalgar in 1805, when he also lost his life, the commander's body was placed in a casket filled with rum in order to preserve it until they could get the man back to England.

However, upon return to his homeland, the casket was opened and there was no rum! Apparently, holes had been drilled in the bottom of the casket in order to leak out the rum for the men to drink.

Which means they also drank his blood, all mixed in with the rum.

I figure there's got to be a vampire story in there somewhere!

3 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie Feagan soliloquized...

Eeeeuw! I'll never look at a mojito in quite the same way.

Interesting factoid, Colleen - thanks! (I think...)

Monday, July 10, 2006 2:29:00 PM  
Blogger Karen Erickson soliloquized...

That's a crazy story! But interesting...

"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum - and some blood."

Hah! That was lame. :)

Monday, July 10, 2006 3:24:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

It might have been lame, but I laughed anyway, Karen.

Stephanie...maybe that was the precursor of the Bloody Mary! (har har har)

Monday, July 10, 2006 3:30:00 PM  

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