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Fun facts about moonshine

Four fun facts you probably didn't know about moonshine
by Heather Warlick Published: July 1, 2013

Rebels with a cause

Moonshine reached its popularity during the Prohibition era, but its origins are more than a century earlier during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 when the federal government tried to levy taxes on farmers who made and exchanged whiskey.

By the light of the moon

The name moonshine was brought to America by early British settlers who used the word to describe illicit tasks that needed to be done under the dark of night.

Sometimes, shine is called mountain dew and white lightning.

White lightning came from the fact that real moonshine is colorless.

Mountain dew came from the fact that often, moonshiners dropped their product off at night near a stump in the greenery alongside mountain roads.

Mountain Dew is now a trademark of PepsiCo for a carbonated soda.

Decoding ‘XXX'

You've no doubt seen the iconic jug of Moonshine, labeled simply with a large, foreboding “XXX”. The letters indicate that the shine has been run through the still three times, ensuring the alcohol is of an extra high proof (120 or so).

The NASCAR connection

If your car wasn't fast enough to outrun cops while on a midnight run, bootleggers the 1920s were doomed. So, they modified their cars and eventually got the idea of racing each other on a track. Hence, stock car racing was born.


by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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