December 22, 2022

Moleshine, Anyone?


Moleshine, Anyone?
Don't try this at home! Stanislaw Szydlo, Wikimedia

A mole-infused moonshine drink has gone so viral on the Russian internet that Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer welfare and human wellbeing bureau, has seen fit to warn about the deadly health risks involved.

Krotovukha, or moleshine (from the Russian word for mole, krot), blew up after a viral post by @vainglory_fair on Twitter (warning: link leads to a photo of a dead mole!). The user also linked a video of his friend instructing how to brew it, which starts off with him declaring that this is a “drink filled with such existential horror and pain that it could only have been created in Russia.”

The posts have led to an endless tunnel of jokes on the Russian internet. One user wrote that “this is just our way of preparing for the nuclear apocalypse,” and another that the “WHO has announced the first case of KROTOVID-22.” 

Journalist and urbanist Ilya Varlamov, labeled a foreign agent by the Russian government, joked that "according to my predictions, we shouldn't expect anything better than krotovukha in the near future."

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