German Court Rules Hangovers Are a Legitimate Illness

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It can feel a little dishonest to tell your boss that you’re sick when you (and your social media followers) know that you were sipping on gin and juice just hours earlier. But a hangover certainly feels like a legitimate illness—and, according to a new court ruling in Frankfurt, Germany, it is.

The Takeout reports that the case involved an unnamed company touting its powder and liquid supplements as hangover cures. The also-anonymous plaintiff argued that this was false advertising, because the company was essentially marketing its food and drink products as medicines that could treat illness. In order for this argument to hold water, however, the court would first have to acknowledge that a hangover is actually an illness—which it did, much to the satisfaction of Oktoberfest revelers, people who work on Sundays, and those of us who are simply no longer 22 years old.

The court’s statement defined illness as “even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body,” and ruled that “information about a food product cannot ascribe any properties for preventing, treating, or healing a human illness or give the impression of such a property.” According to German news outlet Deutsche Welle, the defendant had claimed its products could ease hangover symptoms like nausea, tiredness, and headaches, which all fall under the court’s interpretation of illness.

Since deciding to imbibe is more calculated than, say, falling victim to a stomach virus, some bosses still might not be very understanding about your hellish hangover, regardless of what German judiciaries believe about its legitimacy. Maybe just leaving it at “I’m sick” is your best bet.

Or, if you’re inclined to grin and bear it instead, here are some non-medicinal hangover cures that might help.

[h/t The Takeout]

Fargo Brewing Company's New Beer Cans Feature Adoptable Shelter Dogs

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There are worse ways to sell a product than by slapping cute pet pictures on the packaging. At first glance, it may seem like that was the strategy behind Fargo Brewing Company's new beer cans, which feature real dogs on the labels. But the pictures are meant to do more than move beer off the shelf. Each can showcases a real shelter dog that's up for adoption, and by sharing their photographs, the North Dakota beer company hopes to help these puppers find their forever families, WTSP reports.

Jerad Ryan, a volunteer at the nonprofit 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, got the idea while working his day job at Northern Plains Label. Part of the company's business comes from printing labels for local breweries. Instead of just sticking their own logo on the can, Ryan wondered if breweries would be open to sharing that real estate with shelter dogs in need of homes.

4 Luv of Dog Rescue has since partnered with Fargo Brewing Company to make that plan a reality. Six rescue dogs—Nyx, Bizzy, Jensen, Hobie, Moby, and Virginia—have been chosen to have their faces featured on select cans of Fargo Original Lager. Each dog is what the shelter calls a "One-der" dog, or a pup that can only be placed in homes with no other pets. This makes them more difficult to adopt, which is why 4 Luv of Dog Rescue felt they would make perfect candidates for the project.

Fargo produced 40 cases of the special beer cans, 25 of which were sold at a special launch event on November 4. The remaining cans will be available for local buyers to purchase through the end of the week, with a portion of the proceeds going to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue.

[h/t WTSP]

ALDI’s Wine Advent Calendar Will Soon Be Here for the Holidays


Getting candy from an Advent calendar is perfectly fine for kids, but adults may be craving something a little more sophisticated for the holidays. This wine Advent calendar from ALDI gives you a new reason to celebrate every day leading up to Christmas.

According to Delish, ALDI's Advent calendar was a huge success when it originally rolled out in U.S. locations at the end of 2018. The hit product is returning for the 2019 holiday season, and festive wine connoisseurs can pick up one starting November 6 at ALDI stores that sell alcohol.

For $70, you get a box containing 24 mini-bottles of vino that come from various countries around the world, including South Africa and Australia. And whether you prefer your wine red or white, dry or sweet, sparkling or still, there's a bottle that fits your tastes.

This wine variety pack from ALDI is just one example of the many creative Advent calendars made with grownups in mind. If you prefer to get in the holiday spirit with a can of craft beer, there's a calendar for that, too: It's available from Costco for $10 less than ALDI's wine version.

[h/t Delish]