Friday, July 30, 2010

"What did they do with the drunken sailor?"

"Staggeringly, until 1740 the daily ration was half a pint of neat rum, twice a day, at a time before there were accurate methods for measuring the alcoholic content.

Sailors would check their rum had not been watered down by pouring it onto gunpowder and setting light to it, from where the term "proof" originates."

"But 40 years ago, the tradition was ended"

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