I was just half listening to some show on the History Channel, and I heard that beer made civilization possible. That got my attention. The show went on by saying that when humans first got together in large cities, it wouldn't be long before they polluted their local water supply and started dying of dysentery. It's hard to build a town of any size when a third to a half of your prospective citizens are dying at any given time. Well, somebody somewhere started making beer, and the drink caught on. Pretty soon everybody was drinking it. What nobody knew at the time was that boiling the water while making beer killed off the bacteria and other nasties that were making people sick. Eventually, they figured out that drinking the water would kill you, but drinking beer was safe. Cities grew, and here we are.
You learn something new every day. So I got to thinking that if history classes in school ere filled with interesting little stories like these, instead of names and dates, places and battles, kids might actually pay attention.
Asked by Ballad at 12:15 AM on Dec. 21, 2012 inLevel 45 (193,916 Credits)
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Answer by 29again at 1:02 AM on Dec. 21, 2012
I agree, too! When I was in school history was my least favorite subject but I love watching the History Channel now lol.
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