"I don't believe you, show me the proof!!" I am sure you have heard the preceding with someone demanding the proof. But guess what, that ain't the proof I am talking about. Although I don't drink now, I did in the past and I know people who do. So I bet you have guessed it by now that I am wondering about the proof, or alcoholic content of some beverages.
What exactly is proof and where did it get started. Proof is a way to measure alcoholic content of spirits and the proof is double what he alcohol percentage is. If something is 45% alcohol, it is 90 proof. That is what it is today, but when it got started, it was a little different.
It seems that gun powder dissolved in water will not ignite, but if there is enough alcohol in that water, it will ignite. So way back when, they proved that the drink they were selling or making was what the buyers wanted by lighting it on fire. If it burned, it was proof that there was enough alcohol in it to make the buyer happy. Now, don't imbibe too heavily so that you can have a great day, you hear?