Who is the Greatest Drunk Of All Time (In An Objective Sense)?


Jon Rowe

Jon Rowe is a full Professor of Business at Mercer County Community College, where he teaches business, law, and legal issues relating to politics. Of course, his views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    I don’t know if all the accounts are accurate, but everything I’ve ever read about the man just makes him seem like the coolest. He was in constant pain from his disease, nothing made in this world could accommodate him properly, and he was, essentially, a “freak” who would inevitably die young and knew it.

    And instead of getting mean and bitter and depressed and lonely about that, he appears to have lived every single day having as much fun as he possibly could.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    My favorite Andre the Giant story: (Lifted from TV Tropes. (Warning, link to TV Tropes.))

    In the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, Andre’s former manager Bobby Heenan tells a story of how Andre taught the Ultimate Warrior a lesson in respect: apparently, during a spot in a series of matches where Warrior would clothesline Andre into the ropes (where he’d get tangled up), Warrior was hitting Andre waaaay harder than he had to. Heenan noticed his wrestler getting grumpier and grumpier as the matches went on, yet Warrior was hitting him harder and harder each time. Finally, during a match where Warrior went for the clothesline, instead of taking the clothesline like planned…Andre simply held up his gigantic fist for Warrior to crash his face into at full speed. Warrior goes crashing to the ropes, the force of the punch (according to Heenan) hard enough to crack Warrior’s face paint. That isn’t the funny part. The funny part is, after it’s all said and done, Andre turned to Heenan and said: “He’s learning.”Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

      My favorite Andre the Giant story is about his going out to dinner with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold excused himself to go to the bathroom, but actually looked for the waiter to pay the check. (Subterfuge was required for this when Andre was around.) As Arnold reached for his wallet, he felt himself being lifted off the ground, as if he were a small child, or a Pekinese, and them turned around to face an adamant giant, who thundered at him “When I take you to dinner, I pay!”Report

  3. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    Apparently Samuel Beckett was a neighbour and friend of Andre’s family, and used to drive Andre to school – Andre couldn’t sit comfortably in the school bus seats, and while Andre’s family couldn’t afford a car, Beckett had a truck.Report

  4. Avatar Francis says:

    My favorite photo is the look on Hulk Hogan’s face at the moment when he’s supposed to pick up and slam Andre. It’s something along the lines of “oh god, I hope he’s still ok with this”Report

  5. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Well, if a mere fraction of the things Churchill is said to have said while drunk are true… I’d have to nominate him for objectively keeping more wits about him than most have sober.Report