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Uncommon Knowledge: What happens when the alcohol is missing from eggnog?

Riots might break out. No, seriously it could happen. In fact, if you were attending West Point Military Academy almost 200 years ago, you’d be dealing with what has become known as the Christmas Eggnog Riot of 1826. After years of turning a blind eye to the students’ spiked holiday tradition, a strict superintendent finally cracked down on booze. When one of the dormitories got caught with the hard-to-find hooch (one cadet had rowed across a river for a gallon of brandy and wine!), it set off a chain of unruly events that resulted in fist fights, shots fired, broken windows, hijacked drums and fifes, and the largest mass expulsion in the school’s history. Consider yourself warned.

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Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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