Guinness World Records Featuring Cocktails & Scorpions

You can find just about any topic you can imagine on the Guinness World Records website. The team at Savage Scorpions decided to look up a couple of our favorite things - alcohol and scorpions! We found some pretty cool stuff and decided to share it with you here in our blog. 

First up, our favorite unique drink ingredient, the scorpion! 

The Most Venomous Scorpions
While Savage Scorpions are NOT dangerous to consume (they are quality processed and have their stingers removed) there are some scorpions in the wild that you definitely do not want to cross paths with. 

For example, the most venomous scorpions currently alive are the fat-tailed scorpions. Of those, many different species rival each other in terms of the strength of their venom. This scary creature is the culprit in 90% of the deaths caused by scorpions in North Africa. (We prefer to be in a room with the safe Savage Scorpion inside our shot glass, thank you!) 

The Earliest Arachnid
Many people don't realize that scorpions are not insects or bugs but actually a member of the arachnid family. This includes spiders, mites, ticks, and scorpions. 

Apparently, the earliest known arachnid is known from a fossil record. The Parioscorpio venator originally lived about 436 million years ago! It was recognizably a scorpion but it is unclear whether it was marine or terrestrial in lifestyle. Even though this ancestor was alive so very long ago, the structure of the modern-day scorpion has barely changed at all. 

The Largest Arachnid Ever
Although the word arachnid covers all the different types we mentioned above, scorpions win in this category too! The Brontoscorpio anglicus (of the English Thunder Scorpion) existed in central England about 425 million years ago. 

With only a single incomplete pincer to judge the size, scientists figured out that the entire giant prehistoric scorpion would have been at least 90 centimeters long. (That's nearly 3 feet!)  

The Largest Arachnid Today
Currently, the largest arachnid is a specimen of the giant forest scorpion that was discovered during World War II in India. From the tips of its pincers to the end of its stinger, this particular one measured in at 29.2 cm (almost a full foot!) That's slightly larger than the norm, but males of this species frequently reach over 18 cm (7 in) in length. 

And now on to our other favorite subject, cocktails!

The First Cocktail
Patrick McGovern, an archaeochemist from Philadelphia, discovered 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian earthenware from the banks of the Tigris between Iran and Iraq. He found traces of tartaric acid, honey, apple juice, and barley. He described the drink as "grog."

Tallest Drinking Glass Pyramid
On June 14, 2017, a pyramid was built with 50, 116 drinking glasses. It contained 66 rows that reached over 23 feet tall! Just imagine if they had put a scorpion shot in the top glass & then poured liquor until all the glasses were full. Which row do you thing the Savage Scorpion would end up in?

The Largest Cocktail
We've seen some giant margarita glasses but none big enough to contain this record-breaking drink! The largest cocktail on record is a margarita that measured in at 10,499 gallons! This was achieved on July 13, 2012, in Sacramento, CA, by Nick Nicora. It was made in a very large cocktail shaker.  

There is also a record for the Largest Alcoholic Mixed Drink. (Apparently, some categorize cocktails and mixed drinks separately.) This 249-gallon purple gin and tonic was created by the United States Bartenders' Guild, Empress 1908 Gin, and Fever Tree Tonic Water in Las Vegas, NV, on November 5, 2018. Wow! How many Savage Scorpions do you think could fit into those drinks?  

So, there you go. Some fun facts to impress your friends with the next time you're all out for a night on the town enjoying a few drinks. Hey, make it a game and the person that comes closest to guessing the record wins a scorpion shot. Both topics from today's blog, deliciously combined! 

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