From the HBD Archive
From: rutgers!!alexs@hplabs.HP.COM (Alex M. Stein)
Subject: "How not to open a beer"
Date: 1989-09-06 21:18:01 GMT

Reprinted from Chemical & Engineering News:

"A weird encounter with a non-screw-on beer-bottle cap was
reported recently by physician Karanvir Prakash and colleagues at
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, N.Y.

"The subject, a man aged 36, was `watching a tense baseball game
on a hot summer afternoon.' He was opening a bottle of beer with
his teeth when the compressed gas inside blew the loosened cap
down his throat. Off to the emergency room. The cap had to be
removed surgically because its serrations were `firmly embedded'
in mucous membrane. The physicians' report of the episode
describes the cap carefully as `measuring 2.7 cm in diameter and
bearing the words MILLER HIGH LIFE.' The patient came out okay.

"The episode `highlights the hazard of opening bottles of
carbonated drinks with the teeth,` say Prakash, et al. They
suggest that such drinks be marketed only in cans. You could cut
your fingers, but that would appear to be preferable to a bottle
cap in the throat."

Alex Stein

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