What is a liquor’s ‘proof’ and what does it mean?

“Proof,” as it’s used in regards to booze, harkens back to when traders would have to literally prove that their hooch was the real deal. According to the University of Cincinnati’s William B. Jensen, in 16th century England, traders would drench a pellet of gun powder in liquor to determine the spirit’s potency. “If it was still possible to ignite the wet gunpowder, the alcohol content of the liquor was rated above proof and it was taxed at a higher rate, and vice versa if the powder failed to ignite.”

While the term “proof” stuck, in America, the standard it refers to has nothing to do with gunpowder. Around 1848, 50% alcohol by volume was chosen as a baseline and 100 was used as its corresponding proof. Thus, the proof is double the ABV.

What is unincorporated territory?

Unincorporated territory is a legal term of art in United States law denoting an area controlled by the government of the U.S. “where fundamental rights apply as a matter of law, but other constitutional rights are not available”.

Is a sand dollar an animal?

The term sand dollar (or sea cookie or snapper biscuit in New Zealand, or pansy shell in South Africa) refers to species of extremely flattened, burrowing sea urchins belonging to the order Clypeasteroida.

Do cows like Willie Nelson?

Studies show cows produce 3% more milk when listening to music. However, they do not respond well to country music, especially Willie Nelson music, according to the same study.

When were oreos invented?

Oreo is a sandwich cookie consisting of two chocolate discs with a sweet cream filling in between. The version currently sold in the United States is made by the Nabisco division of Mondelēz International. Oreo has become the best selling cookie in the United States since its introduction in 1912.

What does it mean to deep six something?

To dispose of, discard, or get rid of: “The board of directors deep-sixed the proposal without even reading it.” This phrase is derived from the noun “deep six,” meaning burial at sea and referring to the depth of water necessary for such a burial.

When was Shakespeare’s first child born?

William and Anne Shakespeare had three children. Their first child was Susanna, born a mere six months after the wedding of her parents. She was christened on May 26, 1583, and twins arrived in January, 1585.