• Ersthelfer
As anon-American: How did smnashing a beer can against your head became a tradition?
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George Washington first smashed a tin beer can against his face while crossing the Delaware in 1776 while screaming "LET'S FUCKING GO" at
American militia soldiers. This is believed to be the first motivational speech in world history.
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    • “History began in 1776, everything before that was a mistake” -Ron Swanson
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    • George Washington:
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    • One day, a dude just went AHHHHHHHHHH LETS FUCKING GOOOOO and the boys were like YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AHHHHHHHHHHH
      basedmf 4 sep
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    • Of course it was the first one. We all know history didn’t start until 1775.
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    • Beer cans used to be made from a heavy gauged steel coated with a thin layer of tin that prevented rusting and not aluminum so it was really hard to crush so old macho men actors would just crush them most famously Quint in Jaws
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    • beer cans used to be like three times thicker so the were harder to smash
      jahdoon 4 sep
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    • The movie "Animal House" was the first place I saw it. I don't know of an earlier reference.
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    • Beer cans used to be 2x thicker and so it was a sign of strength
      pigles1 4 sep
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    • History began July 4, 1776, Everything before that was a mistake.- Ron Swanson
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    • It may not be the first motivation speech, but it was the first one that mattered.
      _WAR 4 sep
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    • Leeeeeetttttsssss fuuuuuckkkingggg gooooooooooooooooooooo
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    • Foundry 4 sep
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    • Is that true?
      luhFella 4 sep
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    • Gorg washermachine was a pretty cool emperer, who else liked him?
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    • Smnashing? I'll allow it after 4 beers.
      Silvi_bb 5 sep
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    • Bc we like to get lit and have some fun i know not all of y’all brits have your fun license so you cant have any
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    • Honestly fits perfectly with our modern day grunts. It’s like fighting a bunch of highly trained frat boys with unholy amounts of pent up rage who are fueled by the closest legal thing to liquid cocaine with unholy amounts of pent up rage.
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    • Fuze_R6S 4 sep
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    • Started back in the day. Beer cans used to be about twice as thick, so crushing one was much harder. It was a display of strength.
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    • I’m ignoring the fact that it’s from Reddit I enjoyed that
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    • Ok so imagine a soup can, like the ones that can turn you into a aputee if you dropped it on one of your piggies, those were how we made cans untill we perfected the aluminum can. If your not lazy you can look up and comment when they started using aluminum instead of steel tin alloy.
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    • As an American, this is now cannon to American history.
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    • Thats facts
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    • Full send
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    • Then the brave future president marched on Trenton and drank 7,000 he’s.sian mercenaries under the table, and that’s why we don’t drink German beer. Americans were initially sad bc they can’t brew a good beer if a gun was to their head, but it was the first major victory for freedom
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    • Who is Geroge Washington. All I remember is his statue getting torn down...
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    • Knowing America, it prob originated in some Midwest state that thought you get more drunk by smashing the can on your head
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    • My family never did this but I know many people always crush their empty cans before disposing of them. I assume to make more room in recycling bin. Crushing it on your head seems a natural extension of that.
      Bushno 4 sep
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    • No it came from the greatest movie ever Animal House by the legendary John Belushi
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    • I’m bored come play mc w me. lp is operationcraft dot com
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    • Actually he said send it
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    • Originally the cans where way thicker and were a genuine show of strength. Now basically anyone can do it...
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    • swifty_ 7 sep
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    • Well tin cans used to be 200% thicker so being able to crush one with your bear hands was seen as a feat of strength and movies used more or less the tin can we use today to give the impression that one character was strong
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    • Beer cans used to be much much thicker and were made of thin layered steel and coated with a thinner layer of tin to keep from rusting so crushing a steel can was somewhat impressive
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    • Beer cans used to be much thicker and harder to crush, so crushing them was more impressive, and would be sorta seen as a feat of strength
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    • That must've been the most motivational speech in mankind
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    • It's TRUE. I was the can.
      Nosalisk 6 sep
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    • This 1000% happened
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    • Austin 3:16
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    • Aragorn's speech was the first motivational speech
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    • It's a show of strength and intimidation, since our founding Americans have evolved to have bodies of steel
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    • Test of strength
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    • Dude people will believe this lol
      HSJURIS 6 sep
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    • I hate America but I still think this is a great idea
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    • History did start in 1776 so I wouldn’t doubt that at all
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    • Hit up 3yearletterman on Twitter. He is the embodiment of this
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    • Too bad about Sgt Peters though
      4jackass 5 sep
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    • Lol
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    • Alright Sam O’ Nella
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    • Wrong. Elizabeth I was the first to do it at her speech at tilbury.
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    • Y’all sayin history didn’t start till 1776 but what about the homie genghis khan bro was a mad cooch slayer
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    • I beg your pardon, William Wallace gave the first motivational speech with "they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!" the HE smashed a beer can on his head and said LET'S FUCKIN GOOOOO and led the Scots to victory
      Odinkiin 5 sep
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    • Tell me it’s not bad ass
      IIIVIP 5 sep
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    • Suuda 5 sep
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    • FUCK YEAH! YOU CAN LICK MY ASS AND SUCK ON MY BALLS YOU COMMIE FUCKTARDS!!!! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! WHHOOOOOOOOO
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    • Not the first motivational speech but the first important one
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    • LIGHTWEIGHT BABY
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    • Back in like the 50s beer cans where like 3 times thicker and accualy very hard to smash. It was a sign of strength. Now its just for people who thinks it looks cool
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    • Damn I love this country
      jikimmi 5 sep
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    • C'mon Man, people are going to believe and quote this. He smashed the can BEFORE the crossing on the near side to inspire the men to cross.
      RobT70 5 sep
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    • Fucking what
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    • Beer cans and soda cans used to be a bit thicker and thus it was a show of strength and toughness to smash them against your head
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    • No wonder americans are so dumb.
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    • Nobody remembers the feature explaining how strong cans used to be? And why crushing them in your hand was a tough guy move.
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    • Friendly reminder that California just legalized ParEnt DOnut PHILL I A ( read the caps)
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    • as an american i can confirm this to be true
      soouuup 5 sep
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    • Tonight on 'fake history that sounds awsome '
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    • Didnt he shotgun it tho
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    • That was Obama
      drbob303 5 sep
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    • Ex-fucking-cuse me? That’s an Australian tradition
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    • Weren't beer cans like the cans you get in the canned goods aisle?
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    • Washington didn’t like the rowdy militia men he was leading
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    • Send it!!!!
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    • I thought it was an Australian thing
      am86 4 sep
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    • *George Washington crushes can om head* "send it"
      Glute 4 sep
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    • Not sure about beer can part but him downing a pint right before kiss some red coats ass is true
      scimat17 4 sep
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    • They said first motivational speech in history there have been others they just weren't motivating
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    • Cans used to be thicker and harder to crush, and so using one's head to crush a can was a way to show off strength/pain resistance. Cans are easier to crush nowadays, but the ritual persists
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    • Part of that story they never tell you. They were nooning Brits in their sleep on Christmas, during a truce.
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    • They forgot the part where the continental army screamed "HOO YAW" and shotgunned a pabst blue ribbon.
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    • Is this.... Is this true?
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    • Fools everyone knows it was a combination of Goku, Naruto, Optimus Prime, and Luffy that gave the speech that won America.
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    • DAMN!!, there are no words that can describe how fucking bad I wish this was actually true ....
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