Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rattle Snake Vodka

This has to be one of the weirdest things I have read. It gives 'kissing the worm' a whole new meaning.

From the Fort Worth Star Telegram;
Texas Police Seize Rattlesnake Vodka March 20, 2008

Police in Texas seized a stock of moonshine vodka bottled with 10-inch rattlesnakes inside and reportedly destined for Asia, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported March 15.
Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) raided Bayou Bob's Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch in Palo Pinto County and seized 411 bottles of the rattlesnake vodka. The agents plan to charge the owner, Bob Popplewell, with selling alcohol without a permit and possession of alcohol with intent to sell.
Popplewell has acknowledged exporting tens of thousands of turtles to Asia, where they are considered a delicacy, and alcohol agents believe the rattlesnake vodka was destined for the same region. An online search found Asian companies selling such exotic products as scorpion vodka, cobra whiskey, giant centipede whiskey, herbal gecko lizard wine, and eel wine.
"It's very bizarre," said TABC Sg. Charlie Cloud said. "We learned that these are believed to contain aphrodisiac properties. We heard that some people believe having a venomous animal creates hallucinations."

Soundtrack foro this post: Ray Wylie Hubbard's Snake Farm


Angela said...

I suppose these things would fall into the "Well, it doesn't float *my* boat" category, but then again, I've never tried them. I do feel badly for the turtles, especially.

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seventh sister said...

I removed the above comment because it was a link to a website trying to sell this vile stuff. Take your marketing someplace else.

Ginnie said...

Well, all I can say is that vodka in the wrong hands is definitely a killer, with, or without, the snake!
I've seen it time and again, in AA, where the last ditch drink for the alcoholic is vodka...supposedly "it doesn't smell". Ha!

The Minstrel Boy said...

it was an old tradition of the wild west to "spike up" the home made whiskey with rattlesnake heads. don't know how many folks that killed. usually the whiskey was bad enough by itself. it was especially popular to sell rattlesnake whiskey to indians.

i glad that they caught that asshole. more will take his place i'm certain. PETA only concerns itself with "cute" and furries. snakes are on their own.

also, when folks rhapse all poetical and shit about the wisdom of the chinese traditionals i remind them that they think that powdered rhino horn makes your dick hard and they claim to cure arthritis with tiger's paws.

The Minstrel Boy said...

p.s. ray wylie hubbard is almost always a great soundtrack. i love that old boy.