Friday, February 04, 2005

Things I Learned This Week

Proof - a number that expresses the alcoholic strength of a liquor

1.0 Proof- Non-alcoholic beer

2.8 Proof- Maximum Strength Robitussin

10 Proof- Most American beers

48 Proof- Sam Adams' Utopias MMII (world's strongest beer)

53.8 Proof- Listerine Antiseptic

198 Proof- A drink distilled from potatoes produced in Estonia in the early 1900's.

200 Proof- Not possible. At this level the alcohol starts pulling moisture from the air and diluting itself down to less than 190 Proof.

McDonald's Milkshakes- Are not made with milk. I don't know what they are made with and I don't think I want to know.

What Social Security Numbers Mean- The first three numbers are like Zip Codes and tell you which state issued the card. The next two numbers are called "group numbers" and used to divide numbers in the same "zip code" into smaller blocks- the lower the number, the earlier you got your card. The last three numbers are "serial numbers" and run consecutively from 0001 to 9999 in each "group number."

How Much Wood A Woodchuck Could Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood- 700 pounds of wood. But a woodchuck can't chuck wood because a woodchuck is actually a groundhog. British trappers could not pronounce the Cree Indian word for groundhog (wuchak) correctly and called them woodchucks instead.

What "Sea-Monkeys" Really Are- Brine shrimp. The eggs lie dormant until put into water and they then "come back to life." Very popular with children until they found out they died after a month.

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