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Moonshine 
20th-Aug-2009 11:21 am
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A club in Geelong, Australia has been closed by police after it was discovered the bartenders were serving moonshine, not Smirnoff vodka as advertised.

Link.

But what was wrong with the moonshine, according to the article? It contained ethanol. And we're to assume that Smirnoff vodka contains... what exactly?

I'm assuming this was the journalist's fault for confusing methanol and ethanol. Methanol is the blindness-inducing alcohol that is produced from poor distillation. Ethanol is drinking alcohol that everyone knows and loves. Huge difference.
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23rd-Aug-2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm assuming this was the journalist's fault for confusing methanol and ethanol.

I think you're giving her too much credit. She probably has no clue what either alcohol is, and obviously didn't even bother Googling ethanol before submitting this story.
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