70,000 cans: Do the math

May 19th, 2006 | Posted by Real Beer

You may well have seen the story and photos about the man who moved out of his townhouse in Ogden, Utah, and left behind 70,000 beer cans. The landlord said the man had been living in the home for about eight years and never threw away a single can.

The story was posted everywhere and it said all the cans were Coors Light, so there didn’t seem to be much point mentioning it here.

Until we hauled out the calculator. Do you think he drank them all himself? If you’ve looked at the photos you know there wasn’t much room in his apartment for entertaining.

According to our math, he had to go through a case a day – 24 cans – everyday. Tuesdays. Christmas. Easter. His birthday. No letting up.

Could this be real?

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7 Responses to “70,000 cans: Do the math”

  1. Jay Brooks Says:

    I thought about the math on this one, too. Not sure if my conclusions help or not, but the article I read indicated that he had the water turned off and drank nothing but Coors Light. Certainly Coors Light is … well, light enough to pass for water. It is generally recommended that we all drink eight 8-oz. servings of water per day, which is 64 ounces. A case of Coors Light is 288 ounces, or four and a half times the suggested daily water intake. Of course we don’t know if he showered with it, too. Beer is supposed to give your hair a healthy shine when used as a shampoo. And it may be that he also cooked with it, as well. Plus, do we know if he ever entertained? So yeah, it seems just barely possible since Coors Light is already so close to water. If it had been, say Arrogant Bastard or Delirium Tremens, then I’d say it was nigh impossble.

  2. Jeff L. Says:

    The obvious answer is thus: NO. It is not humanly possible to live after drinking that much filth.

    And who has the time to count 70k cans?

    I’d rather drink from a river and live downstream from an agriculture farm. In Tijuana.

  3. Paul Says:

    You wouldn’t have to count them. They could have weighed them and gotten a pretty close estimate.

  4. Jeremy Says:

    all thosse cans only got $800. Is recycling really worth the hassle?
    House full of cans… $10,000′s of $$$
    recycling all the cans… $800.

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