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Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the fringe-benefits-include-slurred-speech dept.

Beer 118

slashchuck writes "Niels Bohr is one of the greatest scientists who ever lived and a favorite of his fellow Danes when he lived in Copenhagen. Apparently, after he won the Nobel Prize in 1922, the Carlsberg brewery gave him a gift – a house located next to the brewery. And the best perk of the house? It had a direct pipeline to the brewery so that Bohr had free beer on tap whenever he wanted."

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Who is writing these headlines? (0)

dywolf (2673597) | about 2 years ago | (#42133233)

???

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (4, Funny)

Elbereth (58257) | about 2 years ago | (#42133295)

The headlines have never really been very good. Just be glad when they have any relation to the story whatsoever.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133587)

Although they probably should have mentioned that Bohr was a great Dane.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134539)

Would be even funnier had he been living near one of these: http://www.greatdanepub.com/ [greatdanepub.com]

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (2)

Genda (560240) | about 2 years ago | (#42134817)

And with free suds in the house for friends and frat boys alike... Neil almost certainly was no Bohr...

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133305)

The only point is to make fun of free as in beer. Grow up!

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134947)

I never really understood the "free as in speech / free as in beer" concept. Firstly, beer isn't free, except in rare cases like the one mentioned in the summary, although the concept of free beer certainly makes sense to me.

More importantly though, free speech just means you can say what you want to say without punishment. If we want to liken that to writing software, then we already have that ability before FOSS became a thing. FOSS is more like the ability to take what someone else has said freely, and then use it for your own purposes, including taking it out of context to support an idea that it never originally supported, for example.

Oh Literal Jim! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42135091)

That's because you were a complete nerd in college. Those of us who were cool enough understand that free as in beer means when someone buys you a round of drinks it's fucking awesome. Free as in speech... how do you buy an intangible idea? Get it? Still no? Well that's why you're a retard.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42135129)

"free as in speech" means you should use the "without censure" definition of "free", as "free speech" means "speech without censure."

"free as in beer" means you should use the "without cost" definition of "free", as "free beer" means "beer without cost."

The purpose of the clarification is to prevent people from incorrectly parsing potentially ambiguous statements like: "this software is free", which could be interpreted as either: "this software is available without cost" or "this software is available without censure".

In the case of "free open source software" the free typicality means that you can redistribute the software without censure. So you are free (as in speech) to redistribute the software for compensation or for free (as in beer).

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (4, Insightful)

ZiakII (829432) | about 2 years ago | (#42133437)

To be honest I thought the headline was funny =/

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (2, Interesting)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 2 years ago | (#42134519)

Why do you preface that with "to be honest"? Are you trying to imply that the rest of the time you're lying?

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (5, Funny)

ZiakII (829432) | about 2 years ago | (#42134675)

Why do you preface that with "to be honest"? Are you trying to imply that the rest of the time you're lying?

That is an outstanding question, one of the best I read on Slashdot. Let me get back to you, I should give you a response back in like 10 minutes.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (2)

cod3r_ (2031620) | about 2 years ago | (#42133637)

"Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Beer Beer"

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133649)

A true journalist.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133715)

???

Please, expand on your question.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (3, Funny)

Applekid (993327) | about 2 years ago | (#42133939)

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<p>Please, expand on your question.</p></quote>

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There you go. Hope that helped.

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134099)

apple users...

Re:Who is writing these headlines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42135203)

Not you, obviously. You want better? Do it yourself. Otherwise, lighten up you goddamn killjoy.

Hey Rip van Winkle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133263)

You're about 90 years late posting this story.

Re:Hey Rip van Winkle! (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42133311)

You're about 90 years late posting this story.

But the cat with the message collar just showed up now, for some reason.

Re:Hey Rip van Winkle! (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about 2 years ago | (#42133453)

This was actually the very first story ever posted on Slashdot, back in 1922. It seems that the story tape has looped on itself- someone tell Timothy he needs to change to the next tape before he posts another re-run.

Re:Hey Rip van Winkle! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133579)

Another damned dupe. Figures.

Re:Hey Rip van Winkle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133859)

Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll delete [slashdot.org] this one too.

Just call him: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42133271)

Niels Beer

Pizza conveyer belt anyone?

The value of beer (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133285)

See how Denmark did this, world? Neils Bohr assembled a scientific network centered in Copenhagen that vastly increased the speed and dissemination of discoveries. Quantum mechanics and nuclear physics were all born in his backyard. Scientists came from all around the world to debate with him. Why? Because he had free beer.

If you want flying cars and starships, perhaps we need to buy Stephen Hawkings a brewery. Scientists are still human, dammit!

Re:The value of beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133867)

perhaps we need to buy Stephen Hawking[s] a brewery

Hmm... tempting. What would Matt Inman [theoatmeal.com] do?

This is why USA must return to prohibition (1, Funny)

Sloppy (14984) | about 2 years ago | (#42134247)

Glad that works for Denmark. Here in USA we have come to realize that science is all lies straight from the pit of hell. Ergo, beer must be prohibited.

Re:The value of beer (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 years ago | (#42134773)

Yeah but the nobel prize and beer house was just propoganda from the german beer barons, we all know it was a Tasmanian [youtube.com] who discovered the formula for splitting beer atoms.

Re:The value of beer (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42134983)

He invented Rock & Roll, and surfing, too. Pretty amazing guy!

Kill the brain cells!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42135999)

See how Denmark did this, world? Neils Bohr assembled a scientific network centered in Copenhagen that vastly increased the speed and dissemination of discoveries. Quantum mechanics and nuclear physics were all born in his backyard. Scientists came from all around the world to debate with him. Why? Because he had free beer.

That NERD is making more money than me! Quick! Find a way to kill his brain cells.

And after that day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133287)

He never made another scientific contribution to the world.

Re:And after that day (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42133343)

No, he got a 2nd Nobel in Belchology

Re:And after that day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133529)

Invented by Lafayette R. Hubbfart I suppose?

Re:And after that day (3, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 2 years ago | (#42134245)

No, he got a 2nd Nobel in Belchology

And the third and final time that particular prize was awarded was when a young Albert Einstein, using just a chisel and hammer in his little shed, managed to split the Tasmanian beer atom and actually put bubbles in beer.

Re:And after that day (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133581)

He never made another scientific contribution to the world.

Being part of the Manhattan Project comes to mind. But of course, you were probably being sarcastic, right? :)

Re:And after that day (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134109)

And here’s another fun bit of speculation for you. Bohr certainly didn’t rest on his laurels after winning the Nobel Prize, which he won for his investigations into the structure of the atom and early work in quantum mechanics. With the help of the Danish goverment and Carlsberg’s Foundation, Bohr had founded the Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1921. During the next decade, Bohr worked with physics to lay the foundation of the principles of quantum mechanics, and it was in 1927 that he developed the concept of complementarity, a key principle in quantum mechanics.

Complementarity is far from intuitve, and many of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics are similarly hard to grapple with. Indeed, Bohr had a series of famous debates with Albert Einstein, in which Einstein was very reluctant to accept quantum mechanics. Einstein resisted many of its implications for years.

So how did Bohr keep his mind supple and flexible, ready to accept new ideas when his peers like Einstein couldn’t? Well, here’s the thing – there are several studies that indicate that being drunk can actually improve your creativity. That’s because it prevents your mind from being able to focus, so it more readily drifts from one connection to another, which can yield creative solutions to problems.

So was free beer the reason why Bohr was able to make great strides in developing quantum mechanics? Okay, probably not – but I’m sure a few late night drinking sessions with other physicists didn’t hurt.

Re:And after that day (3, Informative)

planckscale (579258) | about 2 years ago | (#42134287)

The Soviet scientist community offered him a home near Russian research facilities too. Bohr was the kind of guy that would walk up to the white house, knock on the door and ask to come in to talk to president about sharing atomic bomb information with the Soviets. Also, he would visit New Mexico and do the same to convince Oppenheimer the sharing of scientific advances in nuclear fission with the Soviets. Bohr was one of the only forward-thinking scientists at that time on the ramifications of developing the bomb and felt that by sharing the information there would be less suspicions by Soviet scientists thus quashing an arms race. He probably lit a fire under Oppenheimer to begin thinking seriously about ways to prevent Nuclear annihilation and proliferation. If anyone's interested more in this stuff I recommend reading American Prometheus which is an Oppenheimer BIO.

Re:And after that day (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42135057)

Not to mention the fact that bubbles in beer led to the invention of the bubble chamber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_chamber [wikipedia.org]

Hey, if Zombie Nels Bohr showed up in our pub, his money would be no good. I'd buy him a couple, and all my friends too.

Blogspam (4, Interesting)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | about 2 years ago | (#42133309)

So the blog cites as a source, another blog. If you look in the comments for that blog, the author says you should google it, and links to a reddit page. That, in turn, links to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okJnQIjELY4#t=2m55s [youtube.com]

It's a nice story, but I'd like to actually hear it from someone who can actually supply details. Bohr's got a lot of cool stuff - like how his lab was used to hide smuggled Nobel medals from the Nazis (by dissolving them: http://www.archive.org/stream/adventuresinradi01heve#page/27/mode/1up [archive.org] ).

I'm sure there's more to the story than just 'he had free beer on tap'.

Re:Blogspam (2)

MindPrison (864299) | about 2 years ago | (#42133361)

Free beer, especially on tap - is a good story any day.

And I've got a picture of Niels Bohr on my wall of scientists, where I drink my beer, so 3 times cheers for mr. beers ...Bohr!

Re:Blogspam (2)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42133509)

Imagine the possibilities:

Beer shower
Beer cereal
Beer cooking
Beer slides

Re:Blogspam (1)

MindPrison (864299) | about 2 years ago | (#42133595)

Oh dang...I promised myself I wouldn't booze for a while, but you're giving me too many ideas...

Beer Sausages...oh wait, they exist...
Beer bread ...(oellebroed in Danish)
Beer googles with actual beer in them...

Re:Blogspam (1)

tolkienfan (892463) | about 2 years ago | (#42134673)

Beer goggles is a great idea!

"He looks at the world thru beer tinted goggles!" :)

Re:Blogspam (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about 2 years ago | (#42134137)

Beer Mac'n'Cheese

use beer instead of milk. Its good,

Re:Blogspam (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#42133913)

But did anyone touch his Carlsberg?

Re:Blogspam (4, Funny)

MindPrison (864299) | about 2 years ago | (#42134113)

My guess would be Alan Turing, but then again...

(yes, I went there!)

Re:Blogspam (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133625)

Author of story here. The mansion still exists. It's not open year round, but physics conferences are still held there, and when they are, the free beer doth flow.

The Carlsberg Foundation still funds a ton of scientific research. (http://bit.ly/TtLvza), and it was the Foundation that gave Bohr the money to start the Danish Institute of Physics.

Re:Blogspam (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about 2 years ago | (#42134967)

The above link is not spam

Relevance to the story still undetermined but it does link to a Carlsberg group associated with both a brewery and scientific endeavors.

Re:Blogspam (2)

houghi (78078) | about 2 years ago | (#42134041)

Free beer might be possible. However a direct line to the brewery is not something that is possible. Technically it will be, but even breweries themselves do not have them. They will use the kegs instead.

If it is for a house, the beer consumption should be high enough to even warrant the use of a keg. A long line also needs to be cleaned and this will make the loss too high. And yes, I have talked to brewers. Small and large.

I have also been to several places where people claimed that have a direct link to the brewery. All these stories where untrue.

So unless somebody shows a story that is verified by somebody unrelated, then I might believe it. Till then as soon as I see a story that talks about something like a direct link to the brewery, I assume the story to be false and all other information in that story to be false as well.

Re:Blogspam (3, Insightful)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | about 2 years ago | (#42134363)

I tend to agree. In this case a direct line probably meant someone at the brewery had the job of delivering a new keg whenever Bohr sent his son over to say, "Må vi gerne ha' mere øl, tak." Beer is very important in Denmark.

Re:Blogspam (2)

Almost-Retired (637760) | about 2 years ago | (#42135085)

Back in my Amiga computin days, (early 90's) there were a group of 4 college kids who claimed to be living in that house, and claimed the pipe was there but had been shut off at the brewery end next door. Being college kids, they would slip the nightwatch a few kronar and turn it on occasionally, but the next shift would note it and shut it off, so they always had a pint or 3 in the fridge.

Whether they were BSing the troops or not I've no clue, but it did make for good reading when they'd throw a party & 'talk' about it for a day.

I always considered that it was more than likely a game of mines bigger than yours. Measure in cm & claim its inches or something along those lines. Horny college kids IOW.

Cheers, Gene

Re:Blogspam (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42135095)

Should work for whiskey though, shouldn't it?

European hospitality... (2)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#42133327)

Europe: they give you a house next to the brewery, and fresh, free beer for life.
The US: they give you an alias [wikipedia.org] . :/

Re:European hospitality... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133533)

Hey! The Germans were about to arrest Bohr and Churchill later threatened to do so. I don't think American hospitality looks so bad in those circumstances.

Re:European hospitality... (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42134149)

Europe: they give you a house next to the brewery, and fresh, free beer for life. The US: they give you an alias [wikipedia.org] . :/

In the UK (according to the wiki page you linked), you get the threat of incarceration:

"It seems to me Bohr ought to be confined or at any rate made to see that he is very near the edge of mortal crimes."
--Winston Churchill

Ulterior Motives? (1)

pellik (193063) | about 2 years ago | (#42133393)

So they took one of the greatest minds in a generation, and attempted to kill it with large amounts of alcohol. What were they worried about?

Re:Ulterior Motives? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133897)

So they took one of the greatest minds in a generation, and attempted to kill it with large amounts of alcohol. What were they worried about?

Given the fact that this is Denmark we're talking about, you're making the rather large and stupid assumption that large amounts of beer did not directly contribute to creating one of the greatest minds in a generation.

Some countries are proud of their beer and heritage, and respect it so, as do their drinkers.

Others invent NASCAR in an attempt to make a heritage to pin to their shitty beer, and instead master the art of the DUI and hangover.

Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133471)

Engaging The tap at the Bohr house would produce exactly one pint. No more or no less could be produced at a time. And if you over imbibed, before drinkers could fall into unconsciousness they had to emit discreet amounts of vomit.

Re:Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (2)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 2 years ago | (#42133503)

And no two beers could be in the same state at the same time.

Re:Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (2)

Flipstylee (1932884) | about 2 years ago | (#42133567)

And no two beers could be in the same state at the same time.

Which begs the question, If i have an unopened 12 pack, are the bottles empty or full?

I think it's about time to collapse some wave functions, cheers!

Re:Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133731)

No it doesn't. It raises the question but it does not beg the question.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question

Re:Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134267)

Nobody asked you if it was begging the question, we said begs the question.

Nobody gives a damn about your mistranslation of petitio principii.

Re:Interesting facts about the Bohr House beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133769)

Unopened 12 pack means you are not trying hard enough. Seek additional help. ;)

To Bad It's Carlsberg (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133553)

N/T

One of the greatest scientists (3, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#42133577)

"Niels Bohr is one of the greatest scientists who ever lived"

Indeed, and at almost seven feet of his stature, you would be ill-advised to argue with this great Dane. *ducks*

Model Atomic Physics... (2)

ZeroSerenity (923363) | about 2 years ago | (#42133787)

..get one of the most awesome products of chemistry ever? I wonder what a chemist would get? Maybe the most awesome product of biology ever?

Re:Model Atomic Physics... (2)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#42133993)

Most awesome product of biology: Sophia Loren in her youth?

Re:Model Atomic Physics... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 years ago | (#42134271)

Most awesome product of biology: Sophia Loren in her youth?

Can't speak to that, but the obvious answer is "Natalie Portman and hot grits" since this is Slashdot.

Correction. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133793)

Niels Bohr was one of the greatest scientists who ever lived.
But now to the point. Is that house for sale?

I'd cry... (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 years ago | (#42133803)

...every time I'd have to let the tap run so that I could get to the cold fresh beer...

Re:I'd cry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133889)

not sure you understand how this works

or you made a poor joke

which is it?

Re:I'd cry... (2)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#42133991)

To explain the joke:

If the beer is not run for long enough, the beer sitting in the pipe will become warm. To get to the fresh, cold beer, you would have to run the tap for a few seconds to flush out the warm beer that had been sitting. This is, however, a tragic waste of beer that could otherwise have been rechilled and drunk. Thus, he weeps for the lost beer.

Re:I'd cry... (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 2 years ago | (#42134131)

To explain the joke:

Beer should be room temperature, so letting the tap run to get cold beer would ruin, not improve, the beer.

Re:I'd cry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134189)

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Re:I'd cry... (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 years ago | (#42134319)

I'd argue that it depends on the beer. With Guinness I'd certainly agree. I don't drink Carlsberg but some quick googling reveals that 4-6C is its ideal drinking temperature.

Re:I'd cry... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 years ago | (#42134331)

Even the Brits want their beer at 'basement' temperature.

Warm beer is just an insult used by people who drink beer so bad it has to be drunk slushy. Like Carlsberg (on topic).

Re:I'd cry... (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42135117)

I thought the Brits drank warm beer because they had Lucas refrigerators?

( -- old motorist/motorcyclist)

Re:I'd cry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134221)

That's a very diplomatic, informative and un-condescending response. Personally, I would have just said "woosh!" and have been done with it...

old (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42133891)

old news is old

The difference a culture makes (1)

PeterM from Berkeley (15510) | about 2 years ago | (#42133899)

In the Netherlands, scientists get respect. A house and free beer? How cool is that?

Not like the US, where if you're too "smart" you're a "nerd", "geek", a social outcast.

--PM

Re:The difference a culture makes (3, Informative)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#42133979)

Uh, Denmark, dude. Let's not set up the fight between the Dutch and the Danes like what happened in Springfield (Little Orphan Millie).

Re:The difference a culture makes (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | about 2 years ago | (#42134385)

The Dutch are not Danes, although they both have a great respect for beer.

Re:The difference a culture makes (2)

davydagger (2566757) | about 2 years ago | (#42134435)

the terms seemed to be used interchangably today.

Back in the day(USA):

geek - practicle intellegence. Generally sports a t-shirt, long hair, a beard and jeans. Works on things like computers, ham radios. The ubermensch form of a geek would be a hacker, or the elite skillwise of geek skills.

nerd - book smart, generally never seen without a buttondown shirt and slacks.(never too classy or current).

Hacker also has counter culture implications like punk rock, heavy metal, or outlaw biker does. Despite what anyone tells you, all geeks in the 1990s looked towards Hackers as inspirational, and almost universally revered and respected, and really held mainstream culture in disattain in at least some regard.

a "hacker manefesto", but lets be honest and changing a few words it applies to most recent counter cultures, for the same reasons.
http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/manifesto.html

Nerds on the other hand, were at the epitome of conformity, usually had social views that centered around outdated models, and generally boring, bland, reactionary, and useless(despite being insanely smart). They were also stuck up. (prototypical preppies, albiet more socially awkward before being a preppy was cool)

I never liked nerds. I think this debate has been pointless for the last 15 or so years though.

edit: today, like most sub cultures, geek has been subverted by the mainstream media around the lines of consumer items, like other cultures before it.

Re:The difference a culture makes (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42135131)

Sorry, mate, didn't know this was your lawn. I'll leave now.

Re:The difference a culture makes (1)

SirGarlon (845873) | about 2 years ago | (#42134785)

Being outcast from American society is definitely a perk. :-)

Is this reddit now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134171)

Take it to /r/todayilearned or /r/mildlyinteresting. Don't forget to repost it there, as well.

Is there a non-free-as-in-beer Free Beer? (1)

StCredZero (169093) | about 2 years ago | (#42134253)

Any free/open source beers?

Re:Is there a non-free-as-in-beer Free Beer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134583)

Any free/open source beers?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/01/ale-chief-white-house-beer-recipe

Re:Is there a non-free-as-in-beer Free Beer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134587)

You get the recipe, go compile your own beer.

Re:Is there a non-free-as-in-beer Free Beer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134795)

Actually, yes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Beer_Project

Re:Is there a non-free-as-in-beer Free Beer? (1)

nonameisgood2 (2661533) | about 2 years ago | (#42134879)

Homebrew... many recipes are free and the ingredients are widely available, or grow your own (sort of). Kind of like compiling your own kernel, so to speak.

Modern lousy priorities. (2)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | about 2 years ago | (#42134281)

This is how you promote science. Rewarding scientists who kick ass and make rock stars out of them. I can't name 5 Canadian scientists of the last 20 years yet I am willing to be that there are some seriously good ones. Who do we put on our money? Politicians and some woman who inherited her title. I am willing to bet that the counter argument from governmenty types would be that so and so was on a stamp. Stamps who the hell uses those anymore?

Where are the genuine North American scientists like Einstein or Feynman? I am not talking about famous science journalists but famous scientists doing science in North America. I can tell you more about Tom Cruise's kid than I can about the state of Canadian science. I am looking forward to Jack Reacher but would trade in the entire movie industry for nuclear fusion or a huge leap in stem cell therapy.

Re:Modern lousy priorities. (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 2 years ago | (#42135391)

. I can tell you more about Tom Cruise's kid than I can about the state of Canadian science.

Then maybe you should get off your dead ass and read more science journalism and less tabloids.

Re:Modern lousy priorities. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42135417)

How the hell is Einstein a 'genuine North American scientist'? He only settled in the US at age 54, after having done most of the works he is famous for.

1922: This story is 90 years old (1)

j2.718ff (2441884) | about 2 years ago | (#42134413)

Unless slashdot is using a different definition of "news" than I am, something that happened 90 years ago isn't news.

Re:1922: This story is 90 years old (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134725)

Slashdot: olds for nerds, stuff that mattered (a very long time ago).

Re:1922: This story is 90 years old (2)

dontfearthereaper (2657807) | about 2 years ago | (#42134837)

Considering what passes for news nowadays...... A 90 year old story is more newsworthy than 90% of 'news' today.

noice (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42134813)

Carlsberg used to give free beer for the workers too, and drinking during the work was allowed just as long you weren't excessively drunk.

Pipeline is a myth (2)

amorsen (7485) | about 2 years ago | (#42135821)

I am fairly sure that the pipeline is a myth. There certainly was no mention of it when I toured that particular Carlsberg factory (now almost dismantled).

The house does, however, come with free beer, but not by pipeline. Instead the workers would deliver the beer every day. I was told that when Niels Bohr first moved in, a worker came to the house and asked how much he wanted each day. Apparently he said "12". However, Carlsberg workers never count in single beer bottles, they count crates... At least there was enough beer.

Whether you believe THAT story is up to you.

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