"Did You Know?" is a series of interesting events and changes to ISBT and the beverage Industry. If you have an ISBT tidbit or "fun fact," send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carbonated Drinks Were Tried in Space…With Bad Results: Gravity is required to separate the liquid in carbonated drinks from the stomach, however, in space, this isn’t possible. This resulted in what is called ‘wet burping’, and reduced carbonation in drinks may be the solution for astronauts to enjoy a cold beer in space.
Why Seltzer Water: Carbonating water with pressurized carbon dioxide creates seltzer water – named after the sparkling-spring-rich town of Selters in Germany. Adding sodium and other flavoring minerals to seltzer water creates club soda. The term “soda” refers to the sodium content of carbonated water.
Rent a Pineapple: In the 1700s, party hosts looking to make a statement were in the rental market for an entirely different accessory: Pineapples. And the message they were trying to send? That they were extravagantly wealthy. It was until the 20th Century that pineapples were commonly available.
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