An old-school Dutch whaler could drink you under the table

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“…I say, we have precisely two barrels of beer per man, for a twelve weeks’ allowance, exclusive of his fair proportion of that 550 ankers of gin.” (Moby Dick, pg. 497)

They took almost 11,000 barrels of beer with them for a 3 month trip. They drank all that and they still managed to catch whales. That’s insanity.

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