Truth or urban legend:
During the construction of the Alaskan pipeline, workers consumed alcohol to distract their minds and bodies from the bitter temperatures they were working in. On more than one occasion, a worker would leave a glass of alcohol sitting in their car overnight, return in the morning and take a big swig. The subzero alcohol would freeze their throat and stomach on contact, killing them instantaneously.
Some facts that might help you in your journey for truth:
- The freezing point of ethyl alcohol is -117.3 degrees Celsius.
- The record low in Alaska was -80 degrees Celsius, set on January 23, 1971 (during the construction of the pipeline)
- There are lots of ways for cold to kill
My friends are divided 50/50, with half in utter disbelief, and the others skeptical. The source of the story is, of course, completely convinced of its truth.