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  • Mike Sula
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As Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen did a lot of things to irritate Kazakhs, but nothing (ahem) pissed them off more than his crack about their fondness for horse urine wine. That’s not just because Kazakhs don’t drink equine piddle, but because they do drink a lot of kumis, a fermented yogurt drink made from mare’s milk that dates back to antiquity, is prized all over central Asia and Russia, and is pretty much the national drink of Kazakhstan, with deep cultural significance and alleged medical benefits. Chekhov and Tolstoy were big fans.