History Main / VodkaDrunkenski

2nd Jun '16 7:23:31 AM guineapigpony
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* WorldWarII took this to an institutionalized level, with each Soviet soldier being entitled to the famous hundred grams of vodka daily. A common practice was that the men in a unit would pool their rations and take turns drinking themselves to stupefaction. While this liquid courage was no small virtue in an army that suffered 8 million dead, it also meant that at any given moment a large portion of the Red Army was tanked off its ass, with all the fun things implied in having a huge number of drunk men with guns and vehicles.

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* WorldWarII took this to an institutionalized level, with each Soviet soldier being entitled to the famous hundred grams of vodka daily. A common practice was that the men in a unit would pool their rations and take turns drinking themselves to stupefaction. While this liquid courage was no small virtue in an army that suffered 8 million dead, it also meant that at any given moment a large portion of the Red Army was tanked off its ass, with all the fun things implied in having a huge number of drunk men with guns and vehicles. On top of that, their German adversaries are hopped up on methamphetamine and [[PsychoSerum other experimental narcotics]]. No one dares to venture the Eastern Front sober.



* Russian ''[[TankGoodness Tanks]]'' can run on vodka. As well as gasoline, and, really, anything liquid that burns, though not as good as on traditional diesel. For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaaP7bQglcU so do the drivers.]]



* In a subversion one Russian agent during WorldWarII was sent to get into a {{drinking contest}} with a Turkish dignitary. However pretty soon the Russian was babbling like an idiot and the Turk was gleefully recording everything; Turks, being brought up on the [[GargleBlaster formidable]] Raki (nicknamed Lion's Milk), know how to handle drink. For reference, Raki, due to its high anis contents, will turn milk-like opaque emulsion when water is added. "High", here, meaning ''over 90% alcohol.''

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* In a subversion one Russian agent during WorldWarII was sent to get into a {{drinking contest}} with a Turkish dignitary. However pretty soon the Russian was babbling like an idiot and the Turk was gleefully recording everything; Turks, being brought up on the [[GargleBlaster formidable]] Raki (nicknamed Lion's Milk), know how to handle drink. For reference, Raki, due to its high anis contents, will turn milk-like opaque emulsion when water is added. "High", here, meaning ''over 90% 50% alcohol.''



* Russian ''[[TankGoodness Tanks]]'' can run on vodka. As well as gasoline, and, really, anything liquid that burns, though not as good as on traditional diesel. For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaaP7bQglcU so do the drivers.]]



** Actually, it's a matter of logistics. Having an universal liquid which can do many things is a source of happiness for guys in the logistics sector, not unlike the [[YanksWithTanks Americans]] who fueled their every single war machine with only one fuel, JP-8.



* There is an old Russian joke that the intermediate stage between socialism and coummunism is alcoholism.

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* There is an old Russian joke that the intermediate stage between socialism and coummunism communism is alcoholism.
28th May '16 6:12:11 PM TheD3rp
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19008_the-7-most-unexpectedly-awesome-parties-in-history.html Upon hearing of the surrender of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union partied so hard that the entire country ran out of vodka in ''less than a day.'']] The next day the '''[[UpToEleven ENTIRE COUNTRY]]''' was hungover and you would be lucky enough to buy a liter of vodka at the train station.
23rd May '16 4:16:33 PM Allronix
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* Catherine the Great tried to ''avert'' this. She went looking for a way to give her army a proper alcohol ration (remember, these were the days before water purification), but one that was much less likely to lead to an army of drunks. So, she contracted with the English to make a beer that would do the trick. While Imperial Stout beers are much less alcoholic than vodka, they still have more an an ABV kick than most non-fortified beers.

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* Catherine the Great CatherineTheGreat tried to ''avert'' this. She went looking for a way to give her army a proper alcohol ration (remember, these were the days before water purification), but one that was much less likely to lead to an army of drunks. So, she contracted with the English to make a beer that would do the trick. While Imperial Stout beers are much less alcoholic than vodka, they still have more an of an ABV kick than most non-fortified beers.beers (about 9-12%).
22nd May '16 11:41:11 AM Allronix
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* Catherine the Great tried to ''avert'' this. She went looking for a way to give her army a proper alcohol ration (remember, these were the days before water purification), but one that was much less likely to lead to an army of drunks. So, she contracted with the English to make a beer that would do the trick. While Imperial Stout beers are much less alcoholic than vodka, they still have more an an ABV kick than most non-fortified beers.
14th Apr '16 8:48:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''DoctorStrangelove'', we only hear President Muffley's side of the conversation with Soviet Premier Kisov, but even without the ambassador's word on the matter it's fairly obvious that Kisov is sloshed.

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* In ''DoctorStrangelove'', ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'', we only hear President Muffley's side of the conversation with Soviet Premier Kisov, but even without the ambassador's word on the matter it's fairly obvious that Kisov is sloshed.
30th Mar '16 5:38:53 PM WillKeaton
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->''"Drink is the joy of the Rus."[[note]]'Rus' can refer to either Ukrainians, Russians or both.[[/note]]''

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->''"Drink is the joy of the Rus."[[note]]'Rus' " [[note]]'Rus' can refer to either Ukrainians, Russians or both.[[/note]]''
30th Mar '16 5:38:31 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19008_the-7-most-unexpectedly-awesome-parties-in-history.html Upon hearing of the surrender of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union partied so hard that the entire country ran out of vodka in ''less than a day'']]. The next day the '''[[UpToEleven ENTIRE COUNTRY]]''' was hungover and you would be lucky enough to buy a liter of vodka at the train station.
* Russian ''[[TankGoodness Tanks]]'' can run on vodka. As well as gasoline, and, really, anything liquid that burns, though not as good as on traditional diesel. For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaaP7bQglcU so do the drivers]].

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19008_the-7-most-unexpectedly-awesome-parties-in-history.html Upon hearing of the surrender of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union partied so hard that the entire country ran out of vodka in ''less than a day'']]. day.'']] The next day the '''[[UpToEleven ENTIRE COUNTRY]]''' was hungover and you would be lucky enough to buy a liter of vodka at the train station.
* Russian ''[[TankGoodness Tanks]]'' can run on vodka. As well as gasoline, and, really, anything liquid that burns, though not as good as on traditional diesel. For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaaP7bQglcU so do the drivers]].drivers.]]
30th Mar '16 5:36:50 PM WillKeaton
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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness''. A Russian character decries another character's beer and proclaims his preference for vodka... [[http://explosm.net/comics/3169/ in the form of fruity cocktails]].

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness''. A Russian character decries another character's beer and proclaims his preference for vodka... [[http://explosm.net/comics/3169/ in the form of fruity cocktails]].
cocktails.]]
30th Mar '16 5:36:13 PM WillKeaton
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', we have Colonel Skowronski, the former commander of the San Hieronymo Soviet Missile Base, who is heavily implied to be drunk in his appearance (he was slurring his words a lot of the time, laughing at seemingly inappropriate times, and Roy Campbell refers to him as a drunk when he calls you right after you locate him). Actually, several of the soldiers on the San Hieronymo Peninsula were implied to drink a lot (one of the calls to Para-Medic, should she be recruited, has her being confused about why they were having headaches at the height they are at as the mountains shouldn't be high enough to cause altitude sickness, until she realizes that they actually had amplified hangovers from drinking too much alcohol at the height they currently were at). It's probably justifiable that they did so, considering the fact that their nation essentially screwed them over by abandoning them at the peninsula shortly after they abandoned the construction plans in order to make it seem as though they were [[RenegadeRussians renegade Russians]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', we have Colonel Skowronski, the former commander of the San Hieronymo Soviet Missile Base, who is heavily implied to be drunk in his appearance (he was slurring his words a lot of the time, laughing at seemingly inappropriate times, and Roy Campbell refers to him as a drunk when he calls you right after you locate him). Actually, several of the soldiers on the San Hieronymo Peninsula were implied to drink a lot (one of the calls to Para-Medic, should she be recruited, has her being confused about why they were having headaches at the height they are at as the mountains shouldn't be high enough to cause altitude sickness, until she realizes that they actually had amplified hangovers from drinking too much alcohol at the height they currently were at). It's probably justifiable that they did so, considering the fact that their nation essentially screwed them over by abandoning them at the peninsula shortly after they abandoned the construction plans in order to make it seem as though they were [[RenegadeRussians [[RenegadeRussian renegade Russians]].
30th Mar '16 5:35:48 PM WillKeaton
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', we have Colonel Skowronski, the former commander of the San Hieronymo Soviet Missile Base, who is heavily implied to be drunk in his appearance (he was slurring his words a lot of the time, laughing at seemingly inappropriate times, and Roy Campbell refers to him as a drunk when he calls you right after you locate him). Actually, several of the soldiers on the San Hieronymo Peninsula were implied to drink a lot (one of the calls to Para-Medic, should she be recruited, has her being confused about why they were having headaches at the height they are at as the mountains shouldn't be high enough to cause altitude sickness, until she realizes that they actually had amplified hangovers from drinking too much alcohol at the height they currently were at). It's probably justifiable that they did so, considering the fact that their nation essentially screwed them over by abandoning them at the peninsula shortly after they abandoned the construction plans in order to make it seem as though they were RenegadeRussians.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', we have Colonel Skowronski, the former commander of the San Hieronymo Soviet Missile Base, who is heavily implied to be drunk in his appearance (he was slurring his words a lot of the time, laughing at seemingly inappropriate times, and Roy Campbell refers to him as a drunk when he calls you right after you locate him). Actually, several of the soldiers on the San Hieronymo Peninsula were implied to drink a lot (one of the calls to Para-Medic, should she be recruited, has her being confused about why they were having headaches at the height they are at as the mountains shouldn't be high enough to cause altitude sickness, until she realizes that they actually had amplified hangovers from drinking too much alcohol at the height they currently were at). It's probably justifiable that they did so, considering the fact that their nation essentially screwed them over by abandoning them at the peninsula shortly after they abandoned the construction plans in order to make it seem as though they were RenegadeRussians.[[RenegadeRussians renegade Russians]].
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