Researchers led by Andrew Jarosz at the University of Illinois at Chicago devised an experiment to check the conviction, held by some, that an author’s work desk is not complete without a typewriter, some paper and (at least) one open bottle of beer. They gave 40 men either a vodka and cranberry drink or a non-alcoholic one, after which they all took a test which required them to link groups of words with a given concept.

The vodka drinkers solved 38 percent more problems than the teetotallers and reached the correct answer faster. And so (identities withheld) are vindicated at last.


  1. D. says:

    Not a surprise.

  2. Dan Gollub says:

    Metchnikoff had an inspiration about the true nature of phagocytes while his family had gone to the circus to see some “extraordinary performing apes.” Presumably telepathy was involved. The mental stimulation his family experienced was communicated telepathically to him and provided a valuable substrate for his inspiration. I published two articles suggesting gap junctions in the brain (which are involved in cell-to-cell communication and also are receptive to electrical stimuli) convey rudimentary telepathic information. I was glad to pay the page fees required.

  3. H. E. Parmer says:

    “I take a drink, and I’m a new man. The problem is, the new man wants a drink, too.”

  4. Alfred Kaye says:

    Dear Mr. Pohl,

    Will you be present at the WindyCon this Fall?

    Also, what is your current opinion of cryonics, and if favorable, would you try it for your self, and which cryonics organization would you choose?


  5. the blog team says:

    Alfred Kaye, you can find Fred’s posts on cryonics here:

    As for Windycon, he made an appearance there last year, but at 94, he doesn’t make plans quite so far ahead now. Check here in November.