The Perfect Pint
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+ Comments The Perfect Pint - 2005-11-18 09:00:00
This is Friday's photo, posted a day late since I've been quite busy at work. As for Saturday's photo, I've decided to take weekends off from the photo blog starting, ahem, now. Note: I just updated the comments for the previous three photos as well (figured I'd mention that in case you felt the urgent need to go back) This shot came from the top of the Guinness factory in Dublin; we went on a tour and found out some interesting facts about beer making and Guinness. After paying a ridiculous entry fee to get in, this 'reward' at the end was quite tasty. Notice the shamrok on top - that made me happy :-) Did you know the Guinness Book of World Records has it's origins with the beer...
History: The Guinness Book of World Records was born one bleak fall day in 1954 when Sir Hugh Beaver, while on a shooting expedition in Ireland, aimed at a small flock of golden plover and missed.

Sir Hugh, the managing director of Arthur Guinness, Son and Co., Ltd., had, of course, missed birds before, but it didn't happen often, and he was curious. Clearly the plover were considerably faster than the ducks and geese that he readily bagged. Perhaps, he mentioned to his companions over whiskey and soda that night, the plover was 'the fastest game bird we've got.' His companions countered with other birds, but the argument ended in frustration because there was nowhere to check. The most erudite encyclopedias, when consulted, proved to have no information on the flight speeds of game birds.

Back in London, Sir Hugh mulled over this deficiency; what modern Britain needed was a book that would tell people quickly and concisely just what was biggest, smallest, fastest, slowest, shortest, longest, etc., about as many things as possible. If such a book did not already exist, one should waste no time creating it; what was more, once created, it could be distributed to the many British pubs where Guinness stout was sold and where it would be useful in settling all those arguments that are peculiar to pubs.... More
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