LIFE IN A (BEER) BUBBLE . . .

I REALLY DOUBTED THIS!

My chances of crying over spilled milk or water are far less than crying over spilled beer? Turns out it’s true, say scientists at Princeton University whose tests proved it. They observed that walking with a glass of water filled to the very brim almost always ended in a dribble or spill. But that same journey with a beer filled to the very brim proved to be basically spill-free. Their research found that foam (such as in soap bubbles) on the surface of any liquid helps to hold that liquid in place, thus inhibiting dribbling, spilling and sloshing.

It goes without saying that their findings prompted a huge sigh of relief from beer drinkers everywhere. (Oh, as a footnote, I should mention that transporters of hazardous liquids like oil and gasoline appreciated their work as well. Adding a foaming agent makes their over-the-road-trips a bit safer . . .)

AFTER-EFFECTS OF PROHIBITION

In the small town of Barbourville, Kentucky during the throes of Prohibition in 1929, Republican B.P. Walker ran for sheriff. His campaign posters proudly stating he was both “sober and qualified”. (He was disqualified on corruption charges.)

However, B.P.’s wife Jennie Walker, a Democrat, soon became one of the state’s first elected female sheriffs. Though she never pledged to be sober, throughout her successful tenure as Knox County sheriff she never carried a gun nor indulged in any alcoholic beverages of any kind.

Jennie, her predecessors and citizens saw no need to resume the sale of alcohol in their town. Although Prohibition was repealed in 1933, tiny Barbourville remained dry until the town had a change of heart, voting 498 to 433 to once again allow the sale of alcohol within their city limits. Perhaps the last to do so, the vote took place this past December.

ASK MR. BEERHEAD: SGT. JERRY RUNDAHL OF ASHLAND, WI, ASKS:  “AS A PATROLMAN, I’VE HEARD SOME CRAZY EXCUSES FROM DRIVERS OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?”  

I truly believe that all things are fine in moderation, but that alcohol of any kind, in any quantity, should not be combined with getting behind the wheel — ever. Having said that, I had to chuckle when I heard that an elderly Wisconsin driver disputed his DUI charge. He failed the Breathalyzer test, and his blood alcohol level proved to be on the high side. Adamant that he had not had a drop to drink, he blamed it on his supper — beer-battered fish — at the local bar. (Give him an A for Creativity!)

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