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    The 'ol ANZAC spirit

    From the Daily Telegraph:

    BY all accounts he should be dead, but somehow Rafer Wilson survived a two-week drinking binge to record a blood-alcohol reading more than nine times the legal .05 limit.

    With an empty vodka bottle lying on the passenger seat of his beige Mazda 626, the 35-year-old crashed into a parked car on Caringbah Rd, not 200m from his Caringbah home in Sydney's south.

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    His words were close to unintelligible but he allegedly managed to reveal he had been drinking for two weeks.

    It was 4.15pm and on that day alone, October 24, 2003, he had managed to finish off one-and-a-half bottles, or 35 nips, of vodka to record a blood-alcohol reading of .462.

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    This time he faces a possible jail term.

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    Dude blows a .462, and faces possible jail time. In Texas, he'd be hanging by his huevos, with his head enclosed in a cage full of hungry badgers.

    .462. Damn. Can't beat the footnote, though.

    NSW Police confirmed the highest recorded drink driving reading in the state was a woman who blew .572 - more than 11 times the legal .05 limit - in Orange in 2002.

    She had just dropped her children at school.
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    You make out as if he did something really bad.

    Don't worry Dan, he will definitely be going to gaol.

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    .462? That's impressive! I remember when some officer had the bright idea to bring in these breathalyzers into the enlisted clubs on base so that young marines would be able to do breathalyzer tests on themselves and know when they'd had enough to drink and not go out and drive......what was this guy thinking????? The machines were there for probably 20 minutes before the first 'contest' was staged...Dude, I just blew .28 top that! I wonder if they still keep those things around?
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    .462? That's impressive! I remember when some officer had the bright idea to bring in these breathalyzers into the enlisted clubs on base so that young marines would be able to do breathalyzer tests on themselves and know when they'd had enough to drink and not go out and drive......what was this guy thinking????? The machines were there for probably 20 minutes before the first 'contest' was staged...Dude, I just blew .28 top that! I wonder if they still keep those things around?
    As a child in Germany, my brother and I would take swigs of my father's beer and then try to get the meter as high as we could. I don't remember what we achieved, but I do remember getting yelled at by a bartender.
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    Are you sure we're working with the same units you're used to Dan? This .462 is micrograms per litre (assuming they use the same measures as NZ). I've seen much higher figures - 700, 800, even 1000+ (they publish them with peoples' names in the newspaper, and this weekend they started putting photos in too!)

    EDIT: Oops, my bad, I read the article after posting this, and although they don't mention the unit measure, it seems .462 is extremely high. So it must be different from the units we use here. Unless New Zealanders can drink record amounts....
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    .462?!?

    Assuming that's the same measure we use in the states, that person would be well on her way to alcohol poisoning and should be in a coma or dead!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Yeah.....

    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    .462?!?

    Assuming that's the same measure we use in the states, that person would be well on her way to alcohol poisoning and should be in a coma or dead!
    I'm not sure I buy that number.....at least not the way its measured here in the States......someone should confirm by calling the arresting officer.....can you imagine how great that story is......
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    .462? That's impressive! I remember when some officer had the bright idea to bring in these breathalyzers into the enlisted clubs on base so that young marines would be able to do breathalyzer tests on themselves and know when they'd had enough to drink and not go out and drive......what was this guy thinking????? The machines were there for probably 20 minutes before the first 'contest' was staged...Dude, I just blew .28 top that! I wonder if they still keep those things around?
    I used to work at a county park and there was a brethalyzer that was no longer being used. We would bring that thing to parties and do the same thing.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNL View post
    .... So it must be different from the units we use here. Unless New Zealanders can drink record amounts....
    I suspect Kiwis are simply major boozers
    BTW happy ANZAC Day everyone!
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    Happy Anzac day, folks! But remember to be safe and try to keep your BAC under .4 if at all possible
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    One of the things I miss from dating an Australian is Anzacs. Those cookies are amazing. Golden Syrup. One of those ingredients that are hard to find... I love Australia. Happy Anzac Day!
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