You know what they say: One man’s trash is another college student’s measuring tool. Oh, that isn’t how it goes? Well that’s how it went for one resourceful Arizona State University student who needed a tape measure to measure his microwave, didn’t have one and, instead, used a couple of bottles of New Amsterdam to get the job done.
The ingenious hack was the work of Mat George, who needed to measure a microwave he was selling to a friend over Facebook. To give the friend a sense of the dimensions, George sent a picture of several bottles lined up alongside the microwave, with the description, “I don’t have a tape measure, but it’s about as tall as a 5th of berry New Amsterdam and has a length of a berry and mango 5th of New AM.”
Apparently, George’s sister left the device at his apartment for months, and he just decided to offload the microwave to be rid of it. While the sale ultimately fell through, George’s quick thinking caught the internet’s attention after another friend, Rachel Sakelaris posted a screenshot of the convo on Twitter. The post sparked alum pride and widespread internet accolades. Or, as Sakelaris explained it to Buzzfeed, “It honestly didn't even surprise me because that's a classic ASU move.” As another student pointed out, this is probably the only example of vodka actually helping a college student make a calculation.