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What do the lines on Solo Cups mean?
Recently a graphic began circulating on facebook, pinterest, etc. suggesting that the lines on Solo Cups were intended to indicate proper sizes for popular alcoholic drinks (liquor, wine, and beer):


The Solo Cup company responded by posting a message on its facebook page, explaining that it never intended the lines to mean any such thing. Although it conceded that the lines could be used for this purpose. Evidently it was worried about being seen as promoting binge drinking, so it offered some non-alcoholic drinks that the lines could also be used to measure, such as water, juice, and chocolate milk. (click to expand image)

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Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 17, 2012


Solo trying to whitewash its image?

Reminds me of Dustin Zebro's hoax in response to a Wisconsin highschool suspending kids for being photographed with red solo cups (throwing a root-beer kegger and intentionally getting everyone breath tested).
Posted by Splarka  on  Sun Jun 17, 2012  at  05:39 PM
Presumably these are US fluid ounces, not the smaller UK version
Posted by arbiter  in  London  on  Sat Oct 20, 2012  at  05:34 AM
UK fluid ounces are not smaller than US ones. A US pint, though, has only 16 fluid ounces compared to the 20fl.oz. in a UK pint.
Posted by pr  on  Wed Mar 06, 2013  at  06:41 AM
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