What A Way To Go

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 30, 2009

This item is from an open thread at little green footballs, and the Rapid City Journal in Rapid City. South Dakota

A Sturgis woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked on Interstate 90, according to Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered Marguerite Engle, 45, on Dec. 1 passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen in Rapid City….Checks with local and state labs where blood-alcohol levels are tested suggest Engle’s reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota, Sondreal said. A state chemist recalled a sample that tested .53, but nothing higher, in his more than 30 years on the job.

Dr. Robert Looyenga, who recently retired from the Rapid City Police Department’s forensic laboratory, told Sondreal that the highest blood-alcohol sample he tested measured .56 percent.
Sondreal’s research indicates that a blood-alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population.”

The header ad for this story features the pillsbury doughboy and toaster strudel. The headline reads, the one kids want to eat. The fine print says “Based on testing comparable strawberry flavors”.

When PG was in eighth grade, his Georgia History teacher was a long winded man named C.D. Puett. One day, the subject of alcohol poisoning was discussed. The story was, if you got above a certain level of intoxication, you were a goner. Someone working at the local hospital said, under a guarantee of secrecy, that seventeen people had died that way in a recent month, some of them prominent citizens.

Once a man interviewed Harry Truman for a biography. The former president (PG’s dad always called him goatsmiler) told a story about Alexander the Great drinking 39 bottles of wine, and dying in his sleep. The writer thought this a bit odd, and asked a friend of his at the Library of Congress to do some research. After much searching, a reference to this was found in the rare books collection. The book had been checked out by Senator Harry Truman in 1939.

John Bonham, the former drummer for Led Zeppelin, drank 32 shots of vodka on his last night on earth.

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