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54381.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:20 am Reply with quote

So would it be actually illegal to sell beer in a metric measure? That's rather fun, if so. Obviously, this is not the case with bottled beers, though - the bottles are sized in ml, aren't they?

54384.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:26 am Reply with quote

Ye, of course this would apply to draught products only. I shall try to find the appropriate leaflet online, it'll be on there somewhere.

Here's something with almost identical wording:

54389.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:38 am Reply with quote

From that site, beer must be sold in Imperial measures (as you said earlier) whereas wine and spirits must be sold in Metric measures. I'll post this to the drinking thread - I should think there's a question there.

63445.  Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:15 pm Reply with quote

For the notes on drops:

The custom of parachutists yelling "Geronimo!" is attributed to Aubrey Eberhardt, a member of the U.S. Army's parachute test platoon in 1940. A group of soldiers from this unit went to see the film Geronimo (1939) with Andy Devine and Gene Lockhart the night before a drop exercise; Eberhardt accepted a dare from the others to yell "Geronimo" as he jumped the next day, and the idea caught on. It is not the case that the word is a way of timing when to pull the ripcord on your reserve 'chute. Official US Army practice is to count out loud "one thousand, two thousand, three thousand, four thousand" and then deploy the reserve if the main 'chute hasn't opened.

63513.  Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:35 am Reply with quote

That links to Nellie the Elephant.

766881.  Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:21 am Reply with quote

Flashy, if you read this:

Any thoughts to the following:

"Such a tower or something like it may be used for making steel balls but NO ONE would use such a device for making ball bearings."

From a correspondent.

766882.  Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:58 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Well there is an exception; it is legal to sell 1/3 of a pint of beer, though I wouldn’t have thought that would be enough to even wet your whistle.

1/3 pint measures are common at beer festivals where people want to try a small amount of lots of different beers.

Spud McLaren
766981.  Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:15 pm Reply with quote

Didn't barley wine (when it was barley wine and not "strong ale") used to be sold in measures/glasses of 1/3 pint?

Edit: just looked it up - it did, and the measure is called a nip.

766984.  Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:21 pm Reply with quote

How ball bearings are made:


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