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Five hangover remedies that may drive you to sobriety

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." — Frank Sinatra

Ol' Blue Eyes knew his way around a bottle, and surely had a favorite hangover cure to topple back upon. Today's debut of The Hangover Part II got us researching the topic, which led to even stranger methods than the Wolfpack might attempt.

Save this list for the next time you wake up wobbly. Better yet, read it before heading to the bar. These five cures might stop you from drinking in the first place:

Leave the gun, take the . . . : Nobody suffered a hangover in The Godfather but if they had, the Sicilian cure is eating dried bull penis. You can find it at pet stores, so that's an easy excuse for keeping a supply handy.

Go do that voodoo: A hangover victim in Haiti shifts the blame elsewhere, sticking 13 black voodoo pins into the cork of the bottle that got them drunk. Drinkers with screw-cap bottles are out of luck.

Life gives you lemons . . . : But don't make lemonade from these. Puerto Ricans are said to rub lemon slices in the pits of their drinking arms before overindulging. Limes can also work, but guavas and avocados get messy.

Breakfasts of empires: For really old-school morning-after cures, try the Grecian menu of sheep lungs and owl eggs, or the Romans' notion of eating deep-fried canaries after all-night orgies.

Who drank Roger Rabbit? American cowboys, that's who. At least one unappetizing part. Hangovers on the prairie were cured by drinking coffee brewed from bunny droppings. One dump, or two?

Steve Persall, Times film critic

Five hangover remedies that may drive you to sobriety 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 5:30am]

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