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April 06, 2006
Water of Life

Matt, writer at the Lone Star Times, could not be more wrong when he calls this discovery "God's Liquor Cabinet":

Astronomers say they have spotted a cloud of alcohol in deep space that measures 463 billion kilometres (288 billion miles) across, a finding that could shed light on how giant stars are formed from primordial gas.

The vast bridge-shaped cloud of methyl alcohol has been spotted in a region of our galaxy, the Milky Way, that is called W3(OH), where stars are being formed by the gravitational collapse of concentrations of gas and dust, the discoverers said in a press release.

Methanol, an organic (carbon-based) molecule, is a cousin of ethanol, which is found in alcoholic beverages. Methanol is not suitable for human consumption.

Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that God's liquor cabinet is stocked solely with single malt Scotch whiskies... which, I might mention, are completely suitable for human consumption. They define suitability... but only for those people who can appreciate the very finest usque beatha — the water of life.

As I understand it, The Macallan is the distillation of choice Up Yonder.

The Scots have it right: water of life, indeed.

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Posted by Russ at 09:48 AM, April 6, 2006 in Drinks

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Hey Russell, thanks for picking up the story.

Of course God drinks single malt Scotch whisky. But do you really think he'd just let it float out there in big cosmic casks? That's practically inviting theft!

Nope, he'd disguise it as methanol. The Big Guy's pretty smart, you know.

Posted by: Matt Bramanti at April 6, 2006 05:06 PM