Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Say What?

With all the news of the damaged reactors and possible meltdowns in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, comes this little tidbit courtesy of Ian Argent.

In addition to walking guns to Mexico, it is BATFE's duty to test wine, gin, whiskey, and vodka for radioactivity. If it isn't sufficiently radioactive, it can't be legally sold in the United States.

This comes from a book entitled Physics and Technology for Future Presidents: An Introduction to the Essential Physics Every World Leader Needs to Know.

I guess we need to return to the drinks of Colonial America - rum and ale.


  1. I'm there with the run and ale already!

  2. Wait, SUFFICIENTLY radioactive?


  3. Well Rum was made from imported molasses, the true homemade beverage of refreshment was whiskey. That and some damn fine Porter Ale Brewed on Mount Vernon!

  4. Don't forget cider, the traditional American drink from Colonial times until the cottage industry was killed of by Prohibition.

    According to Michael Pollan, Johnny Appleseed's apples were meant for fermenting, not for eating. He called the man an "American Dionysus".

  5. @elmo: Sorry that I forgot cider. I love hard cider!