As part of the furor over hard liquor in Tide pods sweeping the Internet, I learned about a prior weird booze news thing I’d previously missed: Palcohol, which is a portmanteau for powdered alcohol. It’s banned in most states. The inventor wanted to make powdered alcohol so he could carry more booze with him camping. But you have to carry the water you need to make it with you when you’re going camping (at least if you’re camping anywhere that weight is a problem), soooooo. 

It failed to set the world on fire when it was announced in the mid-2010s. Here’s what I saw when I searched for it this morning: 

So the key message about Palcohol is that it’s Palcohol, I guess. It’s the Darkseid Is of bad booze ideas. Drinking culture is weird when you’re not in it.