Jeeves, and the Art of Curing the Hangover


Jeeves, valet to Bertie Wooster, is one of the most renowned characters of English fiction. How did he garner fame and notoriety? Well, it all began on the day that Bertie hired him in the first of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves stories. Jeeves confronts Bertie's wretching hangover with his magic potion: raw egg, Worcester sauce, and red pepper. As Jeeves puts it: "It is the Worcester sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they have found it extremely invigorating after a late evening."

Lo and behold, the hangover vanished. Bertie attests: "I would have clutched at anything that looked like a lifeline that morning. I swallowed the stuff. For a moment I felt as if somebody had touched off a bomb inside the old bean and was strolling down my throat with a lighted torch, and then everything seemed suddenly to get all right. The sun shone in through the window; birds twittered in the tree-tops; and, generally speaking, hope dawned once more."

It's New Year's Day. Chances are, you may need a little something with color, nutrition, and bite to invigorate you after last night. No guarantees, but this potion may help hope to dawn once more. I've heard of a lot of crazy ways to de-hang yourself. Emergen-C, pickle juice, Gatorade, Alka Seltzer, hair of the dog, whatever that may have been, Bloody Mary, sand, sweat...

What is your surefire hangover cure for those of us without a Jeeves waiting in the wings?