These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were

From beer to germs

The people of the American West very much enjoyed drinking a good, frothy beer in the saloon on the corner.   A popular alcoholic beverage was “whiskey,” made from burnt sugar, distilled spirits, and chewing tobacco. This drink was extremely potent and was given the nickname “firewater” because cowboys would use it to set their clothes on fire. Another popular drink was cactus wine, which was made by mixing tequila with peyote tea and served over ice. But what happens after you take the first sip of this refreshing nectar?

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A pretty mustache was full of foam, of course. But, in the Far West, we think of everything! So they had an idea which they thought was brilliant and would bring a practical solution to remedy this problem. In reality, it’s just disgusting when you think about it today because there was a towel with which everyone could wipe their mouth…Thinking about this now, no one can argue that using the same towels to wipe their mouths was a bad idea, and that was worse than the original problem of having their mustache full of foam. Once again, we understand why diseases spread so easily in the Old West.

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