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

December 10, 2013

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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