Burro Retires on Short Rations
30-year-old burro who drinks 30 liters of beer a day, has
been ordered to cut down his drinking by veterinarians
who say he has a liver problem.
The veterinarians say Pancho, who is nationally known,
must stop entertaining customers by drinking beer in a
bar overlooking the Mayabe Valley in eastern Cuba, the
Havana-based news agency Prensa Latina reported on
Pancho must be put out to pasture, but is not going on
the wagon, the agency said. Aware that withdrawal might
be bad for Pancho, veterinarians allowed him 10 liters a
Pancho began boozing 15 years ago when a patron gave him
a bottle of beer and he delighted customers by braying
for more. Patrons have been setting him up with drinks
you would enjoy this.
"A YARD OF BEER"
English "yard of beer," which was once so
peculiar a feature of the business done at the little
inns of Bexley and Eltham, is now but little known, if,
indeed, not altogether obsolete.
It was served in a glass vessel exactly three feet in
length, with a very narrow stem, slightly lipped at the
mouth, and with a globular bowl at the bottom.
This vessel was filled with beer and anyone could have
the liquor free if he could drink it without spilling a
drop. If he failed, he would have to pay double. The feat
looked easy, but it was difficult, if not impossible, for
a novice to perform.
You took the glass in both hands, applied the lip to your
mouth, and then gently tilted it. The beer would at first
flow very quietly and slowly, and a stranger to the
practice would think how admirably he was overcoming the
But suddenly, when the glass was tilted a little farther,
air rushed up the long stem into the bowl, and the half-pint
of beer was splashed into your face, to the woeful
detriment of temper, neckgear and linen.
you would enjoy this one too.