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Old 22-02-2020, 18:31   #8656
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Re: The New Joke Thread

My nephew was the told the same thing!!!

But HIS teacher said it was because he was so good at the three Aaarrrrrrghs.....
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Old 22-02-2020, 20:01   #8657
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Hmmm... I lived in the USA for about 50 years and I don't recall seeing that usage. I guess I wasn't cultured enough...

Now I mostly live in Australia where "culture" happens mostly at CSIRO in Petri dishes. (Just joking, guys)

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Oh Boy! I just made the mistake of googling "XXX Poison ". Warning - Definitely NSFW!!!
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Old 22-02-2020, 20:31   #8658
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Hmmm... I lived in the USA for about 50 years and I don't recall seeing that usage. I guess I wasn't cultured enough...

Now I mostly live in Australia where "culture" happens mostly at CSIRO in Petri dishes. (Just joking, guys)

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In the old cartoons from when I was a kid, rum bottles, like in Popeye had the XXX on them. I asked what it meant. My mum said it was poison. So I took her word for it.
Now, I drink Cracken. A slow poison.
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Old 22-02-2020, 21:30   #8659
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Not sure if it’s accurate, but according to a Google search XXX on a moonshine jug in old cartoons was a real life mark that meant triple distilled indicating both purity and potency. Supposedly on rum bottles it was an indicator that it was the highest alcohol content compared to X or XX. I had no idea.
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Old 22-02-2020, 21:55   #8660
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Well, here ya go......
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Oh Boy! I just made the mistake of googling "XXX Poison ". Warning - Definitely NSFW!!!

The same thing goes for Googling "cream pie recipes."

Make sure you include the "recipe" or you won't be able to unsee what comes up.
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The same thing goes for Googling "cream pie recipes."

Make sure you include the "recipe" or you won't be able to unsee what comes up.
That would be illegal here in the Philippines. 😵
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Sorry, StuM:


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Don’t know about your culture but here in the USA XXX marked on bottles means poison. ☠️ Or use to, anyway.
Wasn't it the Skull and Crossed Bones for poison? AND XXX for booze?
But I guess they both can evoke Pirates, right me hearties?
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I just googled *xxx poison* and all the returns were for clothing....I'm so disappointed
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Re: The New Joke Thread

“XXX” may refer to moonshine’s distilling process.
Moonshiners would start by distilling a mash of fermented sugar cane pulp. The resulting liquid, known as the “singlings,” is foul-tasting, and a mere 30-40% alcohol by volume.
To get the kick that moonshine is known for, it has to go through two more distillations, rendering it almost 100% pure alcohol. The three X’s on the jug were meant to signify that its contents had completed that triple-step process, and also, that it might just be strong enough to knock your shoes off, curl your hair and take your breath away for the next thirty-six hours.
What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean? | Moonshine Heritage | Exploring the History of Moonshine in the Appalachians
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“XXX” may refer to moonshine’s distilling process.
Moonshiners would start by distilling a mash of fermented sugar cane pulp. The resulting liquid, known as the “singlings,” is foul-tasting, and a mere 30-40% alcohol by volume.
To get the kick that moonshine is known for, it has to go through two more distillations, rendering it almost 100% pure alcohol. The three X’s on the jug were meant to signify that its contents had completed that triple-step process, and also, that it might just be strong enough to knock your shoes off, curl your hair and take your breath away for the next thirty-six hours.
What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean? | Moonshine Heritage | Exploring the History of Moonshine in the Appalachians
And I wonder how many people died from drinking XXX moonshine.

https://time.com/3665643/deadly-drinking/

It’s no wonder my mother called it poison.
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“XXX” may refer to moonshine’s distilling process.
Moonshiners would start by distilling a mash of fermented sugar cane pulp. The resulting liquid, known as the “singlings,” is foul-tasting, and a mere 30-40% alcohol by volume.
To get the kick that moonshine is known for, it has to go through two more distillations, rendering it almost 100% pure alcohol. The three X’s on the jug were meant to signify that its contents had completed that triple-step process, and also, that it might just be strong enough to knock your shoes off, curl your hair and take your breath away for the next thirty-six hours.
What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean? | Moonshine Heritage | Exploring the History of Moonshine in the Appalachians
In the deep south and Appalachians they used corn mash, the starch in the corn converting to sugars that fermented into ethanol. The purists used straight corn but commercial moonshiners realized they could cheaply up the output by adding sugar to the mash. They did grow varieties of sugar cane in the south but that took more acreage than corn and also growing too much cane attracted unwanted attention from the authorities. Corn was grown in large quantities for animal feed so was less suspicious. Same problem with adding sugar. Upped the yield of the process but some local farmer buying a few hundred pounds of sugar from the general store was a giveaway.

Shine, even triple distilled was typically in the range of 150-160 proof (75-80%) alcohol. Theoretically a home brew could be distilled up to 96% max but the ethanol and water form an azeotrope which locks in the last 4% water. Even high tech, commercial distillation columns can't get past 96% unless they uses special techniques to break the azeotrope like solvent extraction distillation. Commercially however, I believe they use a molecular sieve to remove the last bits of water to make anhydrous ethanol. By the way, it's really bad for you to drink anhydrous as it immediately sucks all the moisture out of the tissues in your mouth and throat which can lead to permanent damage.

OK this is all probably boring but as I learned later in life, my father and his cousins used to run shine from the Carolina mountains down into Georgia so I find the whole industry somewhat interesting.

One last bit of moonshine trivia. The old timers would take a clear, quart mason jar of shine and shake it to test. The size and quantity of the bubbles in the liquid would let them estimate the proof of the shine.
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Most people I know fermented fruits with sugar to get flavored liquor. Yes, the swill is very popular in my area in the foothills. It's been made worse by that bulls**t moonshiners show.
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You keep spoiling the second part of my routine.




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