Can Someone Explain The Drink-Booze-From-Elbow Thing?

by MADELEINE STARKEY · June 29, 2010

Recently, the District and its surrounding areas have experienced a social phenomenon that is, as of today, still unexplained.  People have been spotted in a peculiar contortion, that involves placing a beverage in the crook of one's arm and managing to balance the drink successfully enough to consume it.

We can only imagine the incentive for this act.  Here are a few ideas:

1.  If your have burned your hands in a horrible cooking accident, this approach to imbibing your beverage is an easy alternative to the standard glass-in-hand one.

2.  If you happen to have impressively developed arm muscles, such as the biceps say, this is a good way to draw attention to them without explicitly saying "do you have tickets to the gun show?"

3.  If you are on a mission to spread the word about a certain social issue, this trademark move is a good way to garner attention from the masses.  People inevitably will approach you and say "what the hell are you doing?" and you can respond "spreading awareness about [insert heated social/political/cultural issue here]."

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You can substitute a person's head for your bicep.  However, the person must be a bit shorter than you.  And, it loses some of its charm.

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The double-decker approach is another variation.  But you must remember to simultaneously imbibe.

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Men and women can participate in the double-decker approach, but I recommend the women always be on top (they just weigh less).

[Photos via Facebook]