On this day in history the Spanish Inquisition disbanded (1834) and Twitter started (2006). Maybe the two are somehow connected – after all whereas the Inquisition used to drag people into dirty dark rooms to torture them with sticks and weapons Twitter has perfected a similar style of torture that just takes place on your mobile device screen.
Where as in the good old days monks screamed insults like ‘heretic’ and ‘demon’ at you, nowadays a whole online community tells you that you’re ‘fat, ugly Nazi scum.’ You even get notifications to make sure you don’t miss out on the insults. Technology is a wonderful thing – although nowhere near as wonderful (and welcoming) as fermented grape juice.)
So today you have a choice – you can drink wine to commemorate the end of the Inquisition or to celebrate Twitter’s auspicious birth. Alternatively you can simply turn off all your devices and get drunk in peace without the constant online chatter of attention seekers trying to make out everybody loves them and hates you.
A quote: “As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.” Julia Child.