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Thursday, May 18, 2006

70,000 Bottles Of Beer On the Wall

A guy in a townhouse in Ogden Utah had 70,000 empty beer cans in it as reported on ksl.com. A realtor discovered the mess. Cans were piled up everywhere.

The resident had kept a low profile and was always on time with his rent. Apparently the smell was so bad that someone tipped off the realtor.

The cans were recycled for 800 dollars, an estimated 70,000 cans: 24 beers a day for 8 years.

While the report acts like this is some kind of record, I am reminded of my college dorm. I shared a dorm suite with 9 other guys.

I estimate we emptied about 80 cans a night which adds up to around 400 beers a week (excluding weekends and beer brought in by visitors and kegs). Assuming school was 40 weeks or so, we would have amassed 16,000 beer cans and bottles per year. Over 4 years of college that would reach 64,000 cans and bottles. In the 8 years it took this guy to hit 70,000, we would have reached about 130,000 cans and bottles. Of course, we threw them out every few months.

I do not see the Utah guy's collection as anything special.

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