Apparently, Beer Used To Be Considered A Legitimate Form Of Medicine

For anyone who’s even remotely familiar with history, it’s no secret that life was very different during the Victorian Era. Most of our coverage of the period here on ViralNova focuses on Victorian death rituals, but let’s take a different approach today.

Instead of keeping things morbid, we’re going to talk about something that almost everyone can get behind: beer.

Believe it or not, Victorians used beer for medicinal reasons. Beginning in the late 1800s, bartenders sometimes doubled as pseudo-physicians.

One of the most common medicinal beverages was known as “malt extract,” which was a mixture of hops and malt with an unusually high alcohol content. It was so alcoholic, in fact, that it easily made people forget about their troubles.

These so-called “therapeutic beers” promised to cure everything from gonorrhea to insomnia. Oddly enough, they were also prescribed for hangovers.

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While name-brand breweries got in on the action by producing their own medicinal tonics, many smaller operations sprung up all over the country. One of the most notable was the Liebmann Breweries franchise.

While all of those tonics felt good going down, they certainly never cured anything. In fact, there’s a good chance that they just made people feel worse in the long run.

(via The Pandora Society)

Ah, the Victorian Era. It truly must have been a paradise for those dealing with alcoholism.

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Footage Of This Cigar-Shaped UFO Over Manchester Is Incredibly Clear, And So Freaky

Why is it that whenever anyone spots a UFO, their camera churns out a grainy video? It must be a law of physics that we’ve yet to discover. At any rate, the video below is not one of those. In fact, it’s startlingly clear.

This cigar-shaped object was spotted on a clear day over Manchester, England, back in 2011. The person filming was able to zoom in pretty tightly on the bizarre object. They were even able to make out some details. According to the video description, the object hovered for about 40 minutes before ascending out of sight.

That looks pretty real to me!


While I want to shout from the rooftops that we finally have an authentic UFO video, it’s important not to jump to any conclusions. In fact, because the video is so clear, we need to consider the possibility of it being a hoax.

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12 Of The Most Glamorous Nail Bars In London

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1. Wah Nails

The Wah Nails is all about powerful feminist women, who like wearing trainers as much as stilettos. Having started out in Dalston they have now moved to Oxford Circus Topshop, and are often credited with bringing Nail Art to the UK. The Wah girls will pretty much put whatever you want on a nail, but the more out-there the better.

2. MW Nails

MW Nails is a nail bar inside the first class lounge of an airplane — also known as The File High Club — in Spitafields Market. MW Nails aims to be something in-between the all-out indulgent full day spas, and your local in-out nail salon.

4. Hula Nails

Hula Nails rock a distinctive vintage aesthetic, and do excellent 40s/50s hair and make-up as well as damn good nail art. Catch them on Old Street in their Hawaiian themed salon.

5. Decadent Digits

Decadent Digits is one of the most creative nail salons around, with custom decals and nail art to die for, located in the heart of Islington.

6. Cheeky Parlour

Cheeky cosmetics are CowShed’s little sister, with reasonably priced salons in Holborn and Shoreditch. Their salon in Shoreditch, Barbour and Parlour, is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon, with three floors of cafes and beauty treatments.

7. Coco Nail Bar

True nail luxury! Ever wanted to have some sushi and champagne with your manicure, no problem, come along to Coco. Located right on the Portobello Road.

8. Lyttle Minx

A very reasonably priced salon in West Dulwich. As well as being one of the best nail salons in London, there are just so many deals to be had, with 10% off for OAPs, students, new customers, and when you refer a friend. They also do £5 manicure for 3-12 year-olds, cute!

9. Nails and Brows

Believing in the beauty of the natural nail, Nails and Brows offers no nail extensions as they believe they can damage your nail bed too much. But they don’t let that stop them doing some of the most elegant nails around.

10. Nail Berry

Nail Berry polishes are high quality with a classic style, and their salon in South Kensington is no different.

11. Nail Girls

Nail Girls in Islington offer manicures using polishes that are non-animal tested, vegan-friendly, and free from harmful chemicals such as (toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor). And all in the most on trend colours.

12. Nails Inc

Nails Inc is not only a leading Nail Polish brand, but has quality nail salons in many locations around London. And it has recently announced a collaboration with Victoria Beckham.

13. The Illustrated Nail

The Illustrated Nail is a freelance nail artist, offering some of the best nail art in London. She also does some excellent tutorials.

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Wikileaks: Assange expected to be vindicated by UN Human Rights Commission

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to make a landmark decision on the high profile detention case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, tomorrow (5 Feb).
The Working Group which is hosted by the UN Human Rights Office will make their opinion known two years after it took up… #Assange, #EmbassyOfEcuador, #JulianAssange, #London, #Wikileaks