## Tuesday, April 24, 2012

### April is Math Awareness Month...

(I don't make this suff up...honestly)

Mathmatics, the language of the Universe, is spoken on many levels.  There is Chaos theory, String theory, and my personal specialty Drunk Math.  In DM, your formulas and theories will all be perfect, but only  for a specific time period (mostly from one hour into happy hour till roughly 1am) after which they turn into nonsensical gibberish (which your sober friends - if you have any - will say was their true origin to begin with).

The art of drinking requires some true math skills that are very familiar to all of us.  It's when you start to use Drunk Math that you can sometimes run into problems.  Being very familiar with DM I can offer some useful tips:

• Follow a Formula - When mixing drinks there is a huge difference between " add 2 oz Meyers Rum" and the less specific "Pour the Meyers until your arm gets tired"
• Keep Count - "Did I add one bottle or two bottles of Meyers to that punch?"
• Keep track of YOUR numbers - "One shot, Two shot, Three shot, Floor!" is not  a good example of keeping track.  Neither is "Wow, two drinks and I feel pretty good! In
Drunken Math Theory I should be able to handle five of these easy!"

When I say keep track of your numbers I mean specifically, your weight, the ounces of alcohol you've consumed, the proof of the alcohol and the time period you've had those drinks over.
These you will need to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content level.  YOUR number.

You could follow this formula found on wikihow.com

Or, you could just download one of the 1,345 apps that do this right onto your phone.

One of the best things about drinking is being able to do it again the next day!

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On this day in 1898, the United States declared war on Spain after an explosion aboard the battleship Maine (anchored in Havana Harbor) caused it to sink with the loss of 266 men. The Spanish-American War had begun.

The Historical Inebriant:  Remember the Maine
http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2009/09/remember-the-maine-cocktail-alperin-recipe.html
(Video attached)

Ingredients:

• ¼ ounce Cherry Heering
• ¾ ounce Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry
• 2 ounces Old Overholt rye
• Spray of Pernod absinthe
• Luxardo Marasche cherry, slightly wet

Rinse chilled coupe glass with 2 dashes of absinthe or coat glass with 1 atomizer spray of absinthe. In chilled mixing glass, combine Cherry Heering, Dolin vermouth and Old Olverholt rye and stir with cracked ice for 80 turns (1 ½–2 minutes). Strain contents of mixing glass into coupe. Garnish with cherry.

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This link doesn't mention Drunk Math, but it's still pretty interesting
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/theory-of-everything.html

BAC level modelling for those who do understand Chaos/String Theory
http://staff.science.uva.nl/~heck/Research/art/ICTMT8_2.pdf