May 3Liked by Paul Lenz

Swisher sticks? How do they fit into this wonderful and illuminating work?

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So an incredibly quick first-pass look tells me this - The original swizzle sticks were created in the 18th century at a rum plantation in the West Indies using the branch of the Quararibea turbinata (also known as the "Swizzle stick tree"). In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stir sticks made of glass were created to shake out the bubbles from champagne, whose carbonation caused indigestion for some drinkers. But I will clearly need to do some more digging because this is already fascinating!

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