September 24, 2009

IN COLLEGE IN THE EARLY '80s...:

Prisoners get drunk on swine flu hand gel (Daily Telegraph, 9/24/09)

Inmates have been drinking the liquid soap placed on their wing after realising it contained alcohol.

The detergent was meant to beat off the threat of swine flu in the Verne Prison on Portland, Dorset.

However, instead of rubbing it into their hands, inmates at the category C prison have been placing their mouths over the dispensers and consuming it.


...though mainstream Academia and the commentariat still took the USSR seriously, we were fortunate enough to have a political science professor at Colgate who knew they were through. One of the things he'd have us do is read the journals (in translation) that the Soviets produced for their own citizens. One regular story that had us all laughing was where they'd admonish workers and pilots at military bases to stop drinking the jet fuel. As he said, a state that has made alcohol so scarce and life so bad that guys are willing to kill themselves that way just to escape for a few moments is doomed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2009 8:05 AM
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