1-the-morning-afterSo how does that head feel this morning after the raucous welcoming of the New Year? Need a little something to get you back your awesome self? Well, depending on where in the world you woke up from your celebratory binge, you might find just the right concoction of Dr. Feel-Good in some of these hangover remedies reported by and originating from all around the world. But beware! Some of the cures sound as yak-worthy as the over-imbibing!

2-roman_empire_flagIn Ancient Rome the Pliny family hangover-cure was to eat a whole fried canary. Yes, you read that right — a whole canary!

3-flag-of-namibiaIn Namibia they drink a concoction called “Buffalo Milk” that includes clotted milk, whole cream, dark rum, spiced rum and cream liqueur.

4-flag_of_puerto_ricoIn Puerto Rico, before jumping on a bender, they rub a slice of lemon into the armpit of their drinking arm — supposedly to prevent dehydration!

5-flag-of-japanIn Japan they eat “umeboshi” — a very sour, heavily pickled, dried ume which is like a plum or apricot — believing that it replaces depleted electrolytes.

6-flag-of-germanyIn Germany they have a “katerfrühstück” — a hangover breakfast — consisting of raw, pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion.

7-flag-of-canadaIn Canada they serve “poutine” — a bowl of thick-cut French fries with chunks of Canadian cheese curd, smothered in a savory gravy with fresh peppercorns.

8-flag-of-sicilyIn Sicily (oh, those frisky Sicilians!) they chew on dried bull penis. For real! Yuk, yuk, yak, yak — if you ask me! Never mind asking the bull.

9-flag-of-haitiIn Haiti, some voodoo practitioners stick 13 black-headed pins into the cork of the bottle of alcohol that got them drunk. Kinda like revenge on the bottle that got them drunk!

In Ancient Greece they had a breakfast of sheep lungs and two owl eggs. Perhaps for the re-oxygenation of the blood?  Who cares!  I’m passing on this one too!

11-flag-of-irelandIn Ireland according to legend, the cure for a hangover is to get buried up to your neck in wet river sand. This might be the equivalent to a cold shower!

12-flag_of_vietnamIn Vietnam it is believed that ground rhino horn in hot water is the cure for a hangover. But this is also believed to cure everything from allergies to cancer. Of course it doesn’t work, so please stop torturing and killing the rhinos!

13-flag_of_turkeyIn Turkey they recommend tripe soup. This is also a popular remedy in Mexico and Romania, but seriously? Guts for your ailing gut? The innards are boiled with garlic, onion and sometimes cream.

flag-of-mongolia-2In Mongolia they make a cocktail of tomato juice and pickled sheep’s eyes. Pickled. Eyeballs. To my western sensibilities — this is totally disgusting!

15-united-states-flagAnd not to be out-done, here in the good ole’ US of A, we have 5 popular remedies:

First — Raw eggs. Let’s start with the Prairie Oyster, a popular remedy in the Western U.S. There are many variations, but they all include Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt n’ pepper, and a whole raw egg. Gulp, down the hatch. Optional ingredients include a shot of vodka, ketchup or tomato juice, and vinegar. Oh, and maybe salmonella.

Second — Sweat swishing. Some Native American cultures, according to the BBC, believe that you should go for a run and work up a sweat. Then you lick the sweat off your arms, swish it around, and spit it out. Exercise certainly can help push the toxins through your system. The licking and spitting thing? Leave that part out.

16-hangoverheaven_busThird — Hangover Heaven. In Las Vegas there is a special morning after bus called Hangover Heaven. Climb aboard, and the crew administers fluids, vitamins, and other supplements via IV while you cruise the strip. Vegas is disgusting, for many reasons, but Hangover Heaven might just be the place to cure your hangover.

Fourth — Eggs Benedict. This is one thing the U.S. got very, very right. As the story goes, back in the late 1800s, a well to-do socialite partied way too hard. The next morning, he asked the restaurant at the Waldorf-Astoria to put together this crazy sandwich with a poached egg, ham, and hollandaise sauce, on top of an English muffin. You’re welcome, world.

And finally — Pellet tea. Eggs Benedict aside, the U.S. is also responsible for one of the nastiest cures on this list. In the wild-west days, hung-over cowboys drank a “tea” made of rabbit droppings. Just take the pellets and steep them in hot water. Rabbit shit tea. Yep. Eh, NO!

So there you have it — hangover cures from around the world. All of these listed are after the fact (except Puerto Rico and the armpit lemons), but our best advice is to take precautions prior to going to bed, by doing this immediately when you get home. It’s the best and most serious way to avoid that morning hangover:

  1. Drink as much water as possible (and keep it down)
  2. Pop a multi-vitamin rich in B-complex
  3. Sleep as long as you can

And then just hope for the best!

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