When Peter Piper picked his peck of pickled peppers, he picked the equivalent of 1/4 of a bushel. While no one knows the origin of this word nor how it came to be a unit of measurement, we do know that Peter’s peck of pickled peppers amounted to the equivalent of 2 gallons of dry weight, or 10 to 14 pounds.
In games which are broadcast on television, radio, or over the Internet, each team is granted one 60-second timeout and four 30-second timeouts per game in addition to the media timeouts each half. High school basketball allots five time outs per game, with three 60-second and two 30-second time outs.
“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.