Editors Blog

Murphy's Law: Happy Fourth of July

July 6, 2009

The Fourth of July weekend is always one of the most dangerous on the highways, primarily because there are a lot of festive celebrations involving alcohol.

Here’s hoping that everyone you know is safe and sound today.

Now, not being one to shy away from a good beer, you need not think I’m chastising any of our imbibing readership - neither am I encouraging them - but here is an interesting tidbit of history from our Founding Fathers - a few years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Fast forward to Sept. 17, 1787, the day of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Of the 55 delegates who showed up for the Constitutional Convention that year, only 39 signed the document. Twelve people left early, and four refused to sign.

Why? Perhaps the answer lies in one other document that survived - the booze bill for a celebration party that took place two days before the historic signing.

According to the bill, the 55 people drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, eight bottles of cider, and seven large bowls of alcoholic punch, “bowls large enough for ducks to swim in,” according to researcher Terry Brent in Uncle John’s Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader.

From this era’s Fourth of July fireworks displays to the historic celebrations of our Founding Fathers, we do things in a big way in America.
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2015 HARDI Fly-In

Highlights from HARDI's Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C. Post date: May 28, 2015.


NEWSMakers: Kevin Conrad
Kevin Conrad, president, Kevin Conrad Heating and Cooling Inc., Nantucket, Massachusetts, breaks down working in the New England climate, the benefits of insulation foam, and more.

More Podcasts


NEWS 06-29-15 cover

2015 June 29

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Online Reviews

Do you track online review sites like Yelp to look for comments on your company’s performance?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con