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Beer and Pretzels Don't Mix
Who knows what horrors await you if down your beer and pretzels together in North Dakota? Eising/Photodisc/Thinkstock
Who knows what horrors await you if down your beer and pretzels together in North Dakota? Eising/Photodisc/Thinkstock

It is common belief among many a barfly that on the seventh day, our Creator made beer and on the eighth he added pretzels. The good people of North Dakota, however, didn't get that memo. Sure, bars and restaurants here can serve suds and pretzels, but not at the same time, according to a bizarre state law. Perhaps the deep and nearly unquenchable thirst brought on by a sack of sourdough knots caused one patron too many to overdo it on the Stroh's Light. Maybe the state is experiencing a carbohydrate and sodium shortage. Whatever the reason, do not expect to enjoy a cold one with a pack of Rold Golds the next time you're bar hopping in Fargo [sources: Cosme, Rothschild].


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