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A crack Russian team has made its pitch for High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) glory by claiming to have sent a couple of beers cans into the stratosphere. The experiment's goal was to determine whether light or dark ale has that little extra lift. The result, as you can see from the above video, appears to be that the Kozel …


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  1. Evil Auditor Silver badge
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    But did they use helium or hydrogen?

  2. Morteus

    Huh... much for 'light' beer.

  3. Greg J Preece

    "It's not reported which of the two orbs came out on top, which is probably a wise move to avoid a commentard bloodbath down at YouTube."

    You've not spent much time on YT, have you? They're not going to argue over the video. They're going to somehow link it to a completely different argument. I imagine there's currently a war going on in the comments section about Republican policies on abortion, or the existence of god.

  4. Yet Another Commentard

    Censorship of important research

    Surely the matter of which beer is best in such circumstances is of key importance - how can the plucky Playmanaught possibly choose a pre-LOHAN snifter without knowing which globe was best to suckle from?

  5. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    LOHAN sponsorship opportunity?

    Get Guinness to prepare you a can of draught with helium instead of nitrogen for the widget?

  6. Spanners Silver badge
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    That makes me feel better about the Russians.

    I once used to see the Soviets as as humourless and boring as those US conservatives with bad haircuts and metaphors about their 'sports'

    Now the Russians have tried to dump that rubbish and have shown that they can do fun stuff like the rest of us but with better choral singing.

  7. disgruntled yank


    I trust this will do for El Reg what Sputnik did for the US. (Cause a panic about the state of education, baffle small children with the New Math, and shower yet more money on such of the Peenemunde crew as we had acquired.)

    Will Lewis Page go on television and promise to put a can on the moon by the end of the decade?

  8. Graham Bartlett

    Stating the obvious

    "Whatever the case, the beer cans were actually empty"

    Well, natch. These are Russians.

  9. David


    Am I the only one that wonders how they get these things back in order to get the video footage? I can't imagine it was being sent wirelessly back to them while in flight, or was it?

  10. beast666
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    Can is too hi-res in focus etc etc... I can't really be arsed,

    but its obvious...

  11. imanidiot Silver badge
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    No suprise there.

    As any fule kno, Kozel Cerny is far superior to Kozel Svétin. (Also, Kozel is a very enjoyable beer. Although I would never buy it in a can)

  12. mhenriday

    Velkopopovický - in both pale and dark versions ?

    Those were Russians of culture, as any Švejk fan kno. Don't blame them for emptying the tins first ; I'd certainly have done the same....

    Be waiting for them down at U Kalicha at six in the evening after the War*...


    *Pity now that we seem to be going back to wars that really take a long time to come to an end, like the Thirty Years War or the Hundred Years War, rather than relatively limited conflicts like WW I, in which Švejk and his comrades played so honourable a role....

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