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Shalamar

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1065 on: August 31, 2013, 06:51:53 PM »
I think I've mentioned him before, but I have a coworker who took four years to do his inground pool himself.   FOUR YEARS!   And he can't stop bragging about how much money he saved.  'Kay.


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1066 on: April 25, 2014, 02:23:35 PM »
(Hope it's okay to revive this thread)

Heard this one today:

Man and woman ordered cold drinks at inside counter of a fast food place.  At the self-serve condiment area they took a huge bunch of napkins, handfuls of sugar packets, and the woman looked around quickly and took an empty plastic container from her purse and filled it with ketchup from the pump.  Then they drove away in a fancy car.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1067 on: April 25, 2014, 07:14:42 PM »
DH came home from work with a bit of "news" he had jsut heard- if you want to imbibe, eat yeast before going out so you will get less buzzed!

I just looked at him, and told him that I learned that 20 years ago, when I saw girls back freshman year in college eating lots of bread before going out to party that night, "so the beer would absorb better."

had to be the same idea.

My response back then, and now, as a non-drinker (tastes yucky to me, have been to wine tastings, oh well) was, "why would you want LESS effect?  I would want my money's worth and to feel the alcohol!"

I have saved lots of money by not drinking.  :)
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1068 on: April 25, 2014, 08:11:53 PM »
DH came home from work with a bit of "news" he had jsut heard- if you want to imbibe, eat yeast before going out so you will get less buzzed!

I just looked at him, and told him that I learned that 20 years ago, when I saw girls back freshman year in college eating lots of bread before going out to party that night, "so the beer would absorb better."

Well those two are very different things.  The yeast in bread is dead, it's killed off in the heating and fermentation process.  Active yeast is alive.  I know that yeast dies around 14% alcohol, not sure if stomach acid is strong enough to kill it though

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1069 on: April 25, 2014, 09:37:42 PM »
DH came home from work with a bit of "news" he had jsut heard- if you want to imbibe, eat yeast before going out so you will get less buzzed!

I just looked at him, and told him that I learned that 20 years ago, when I saw girls back freshman year in college eating lots of bread before going out to party that night, "so the beer would absorb better."

had to be the same idea.

My response back then, and now, as a non-drinker (tastes yucky to me, have been to wine tastings, oh well) was, "why would you want LESS effect?  I would want my money's worth and to feel the alcohol!"

I have saved lots of money by not drinking.  :)

Just love your sense of humor, RegionMom.  You're so right, too!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1070 on: April 25, 2014, 09:48:23 PM »
Actually, according to the article, the yeast breaks down the alcohol before it gets absorbed - well, some of it. Bread, it seems to me, would just absorb it and delay absorption by your body. Someone who knows better can feel free to correct me.

Personally, I drink beer because I love the taste, and while the milder effects (tongue loosening, relaxant) are pleasant, I do not enjoy inebriation. And since the beers I really like tend to have higher ABV (alcohol by volume), and don't come in non-alcohol versions, well, I may be testing out the yeast trick very soon.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1071 on: April 25, 2014, 10:19:02 PM »
Actually, according to the article, the yeast breaks down the alcohol before it gets absorbed - well, some of it. Bread, it seems to me, would just absorb it and delay absorption by your body. Someone who knows better can feel free to correct me.

Personally, I drink beer because I love the taste, and while the milder effects (tongue loosening, relaxant) are pleasant, I do not enjoy inebriation. And since the beers I really like tend to have higher ABV (alcohol by volume), and don't come in non-alcohol versions, well, I may be testing out the yeast trick very soon.

Yeast doesn't metabolize alcohol. Alcohol is a by-product of yeast metabolism; that's what fermentation is. Yeast-pee if you will. Some yeast strains can survive in the human gut. There's a documented phenomenon of people being drunk without drinking. Their flora produce enough alcohol to intoxicate them.

Most yeasts die off at fairly low alcohol concentration. It depends on the strain but your average baking yeast probably gives up around 4% ABV. Wine yeasts can survive up to about 14%.

There are bacteria that metabolize alcohol. Saccaromyces sanfrancisco is what makes sourdough in a symbiotic relationship with the yeast. "Mother of vinegar" contains alcohol eating bacteria, resulting in vinegar.

I doubt that eating yeast can prevent or limit intoxication. Eating any kind of food will slow alcohol absorbtion.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1072 on: April 25, 2014, 10:28:33 PM »
One thing... Mrs.k2002 pointed out that yeast is fairly high in vitamin B12, which may help with intoxication. Take a B12 pill instead of the yeast.
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« Reply #1073 on: April 25, 2014, 10:35:56 PM »
OK, I REALLY want Mythbusters to do an ep on this now.
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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« Reply #1074 on: April 26, 2014, 12:52:05 AM »
One thing... Mrs.k2002 pointed out that yeast is fairly high in vitamin B12, which may help with intoxication. Take a B12 pill instead of the yeast.

B12 is also what a lot of those energy drinks contain.

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« Reply #1075 on: April 26, 2014, 03:16:08 AM »
It might have more to do with actually eating food before drinking as food can cushion the effects a bit. I never start drinking before I start eating. And I'm more spirits and mixed drinks.

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« Reply #1076 on: April 26, 2014, 04:33:09 AM »
I think I told this story here before, but I was once at the Lindt cafe. Those of you who know your Lindt might know that they sell their famous Lindor chocolate balls by the weight. So this one gentleman wanted to purchase a single Lindor ball. When she weighed it, it came up to about 11g, therefore costing $1.20. He insisted that the last time he was there, it had only weighed say 10g and cost $1.10. So he pulled out a different ball and demanded she weigh it. The remarkably patient cashier explained that they would all weigh the same, but he was only convinced after she weighed 3 separate balls.

The clincher was that there was a plate with about eight cookies as free samples. After he verified that they were indeed completely free, he took all eight cookies.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1077 on: April 26, 2014, 05:29:59 AM »
We re-finished out attic last year.  It had been finished who knows how long ago.  The first part of the project was tearing off all the paneling.

I was in charge of clean up, which I would primarily do when before DH got home from work.  He wields a mean crowbar so I tend to stay out of his way.

He saw me cleaning one time and had a fit.  I was supposed to be taking the nails out of the paneling and straightening them out so he could reuse them.  Clue "the look".

Nails went into the trash.


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1078 on: April 26, 2014, 05:58:58 AM »
Actually, according to the article, the yeast breaks down the alcohol before it gets absorbed - well, some of it. Bread, it seems to me, would just absorb it and delay absorption by your body. Someone who knows better can feel free to correct me.

Personally, I drink beer because I love the taste, and while the milder effects (tongue loosening, relaxant) are pleasant, I do not enjoy inebriation. And since the beers I really like tend to have higher ABV (alcohol by volume), and don't come in non-alcohol versions, well, I may be testing out the yeast trick very soon.

Yeast doesn't metabolize alcohol. Alcohol is a by-product of yeast metabolism; that's what fermentation is. Yeast-pee if you will. Some yeast strains can survive in the human gut. There's a documented phenomenon of people being drunk without drinking. Their flora produce enough alcohol to intoxicate them.

Most yeasts die off at fairly low alcohol concentration. It depends on the strain but your average baking yeast probably gives up around 4% ABV. Wine yeasts can survive up to about 14%.

There are bacteria that metabolize alcohol. Saccaromyces sanfrancisco is what makes sourdough in a symbiotic relationship with the yeast. "Mother of vinegar" contains alcohol eating bacteria, resulting in vinegar.

I doubt that eating yeast can prevent or limit intoxication. Eating any kind of food will slow alcohol absorbtion.

per the bolded, i do know someone who after 1 beer is beyond tipsy, yet wine barely affects them.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1079 on: April 26, 2014, 01:42:38 PM »
We re-finished out attic last year.  It had been finished who knows how long ago.  The first part of the project was tearing off all the paneling.

I was in charge of clean up, which I would primarily do when before DH got home from work.  He wields a mean crowbar so I tend to stay out of his way.

He saw me cleaning one time and had a fit.  I was supposed to be taking the nails out of the paneling and straightening them out so he could reuse them.  Clue "the look".

Nails went into the trash.

When I was a child I saw men straighten nails.  Maybe it's a thing from the depression, or from pioneer days when nails were hand made by blacksmiths.

My husband saves the old square nails when he finds them in our old house, because they are said to be less likely to split the wood.