[Our Fake History] Episode #84- What Was the Vodka War?

Episode #84- What Was the Vodka War?

14/03/2019 by Sebastian Major

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Vodka may be the most controversial alcohol in history. The origin of the distilled liquor continues to be one of the culinary world’s most bitterly contested historical debates. This is partially due to the fact Vilyam Pokhklebkin, the worlds foremost expert on vodka’s history, was a known liar. The fact that Pokhklebkin was found murdered with a bottle of vodka in his system, makes the story all the more intriguing. We needed to conscript a real-life academic to get to the bottom of this one! Tune in and find out how sleeping potions, ancient distillation, and a murder mystery all play a role in the story.

Listen Date: 2019-05-03


  • When Sebastian Major first talked about Russia facing the possibility of not being allowed to call it vodka, I thought to myself ‘Bloody fools should have learned from Canola oil and Kiwi fruit and just named it something else.’
  • Twenty five minutes later: oh.
  • I’m not saying any more because it would spoil things. But what a story. Dr Acharya Somuchidonanda Pandey salutes Vilyam Pokhklebkin!
  • Maybe Pokhklebkin was just a compulsive liar and wasn’t lying with any particular incentive in mind. For that matter, has anybody fact checked his history of tea?
  • I feel for the guy who became a dissident because of writing a cookbook but I wonder if that was a lie too.
  • For that matter, I wonder if Russian TV / police cooked up the whole ‘murdered by Polish ultranationalist’ thing because they’re massive liars too.


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