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Why do moonshine jugs on cartoons always have XXX on them?

Asked by buster (10198 points ) April 4th, 2008

theres always some longbearded hillbilly drinking moonshine from a big jug with on XXX. whats the XXX all about? when ive seen shine in real life its usually in a mason jar.

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65Stang's avatar

so you know its monnshine? It could be copyright infringement if they gave it a name of one that’s real.

bluemukaki's avatar

From Wikipedia: “Moonshine is often portrayed in the media in a clay jug marked only with XXX. Supposedly, the moonshiner would inscribe a single X on the jug each time the mixture passed through a still. This image of a jug or bottle marked XXX is used in comic strips and cartoons to depict an intoxicating beverage.”

bulbatron9's avatar

Same wiki link as blue Drinky Crow is often shown drinking from one of these stereotypical jugs!

cheebdragon's avatar

In my opinion, to mock straight edgers in the future. Straight edge sucks!

Zaxwar91's avatar

bluemukaku is right again folks. The shiners would inscribe one x for everytime the shine was ran through the still, and each time it was filtered, it left behind whatever yeast residue was left behind before. The more filtering, the stronger the shine, and the more x’s you have.

ItsAHabit's avatar

The one to three Xs was also used in the American colonies to indicate the strength of beer.

Regardless of the number of Xs on moonshine, it’s all dangerous. A study of moonshine produced at 48 different stills found that 43 of the 48 samples had lead levels ranging from five to 599 parts per billion (ppb). Over half the samples contained lead levels exceeding federal water guidelines of 15 ppb.

For regular moonshine consumers, that poses a risk of lead poisoning, but even occasional consumption carries some risk. Lead serves no function in the body but lead poisoning can cause memory loss, brain swelling, paralysis, and even death. About 80% of all adult lead poisoning deaths are related to moonshine consumption.

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/InTheNews/Etc/1056399981.html

Hillbilly_Richards's avatar

That’s because most “shiners” as they are called in my woods, use cheap lead solder for their stills. Mine is food grade aluminum and copper, no solder. Lights flame after xx and ain’t hurt nobody yet. You can use flour and water to make a seal where your copper coil joins the still; it bakes hard, but just feed it to the rabbits. Don’t read into the hype, if you want good shine, head out to the woods. I’ve got plenty. Pick up the book “Possum Living”.

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