Aussie PM Chugs a Beer

Aussie PM Chugs a Beer

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott chugged a glass of beer in 7 seconds on Saturday whilst celebrating with members of the UTS Bats Australian Rules football club. The schooner reportedly held about two-thirds of a pint; assuming an Imperial Pint of 568 ml, that’s about 380 ml.

Former PM Bob Hawke is said to have chugged 2.5 pints (1420 ml) in 11 seconds back in 1955. Mr.Hawke’s rate of chug (1420/11) was 129.09 ml/sec, while Mr. Abbott’s rate of chug (380/7) was a puny 54.29 ml/sec. Mr. Abbott is a Liberal and Mr. Hawke was a Labor leader; perhaps there’s a political lesson here.

Forming parliamentary governments is an odd, tricky business. Choosing national leaders by chugging contests sound like an improvement, especially in Oz, where per capita beer consumption is legendary. While this election method might discriminate against teetotaler Mormons, Muslims, and Pentecostals, Australians already discriminate against those mobs, so no worries, mate.


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