Shot glasses for the Masses

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Two scowling outlaws lift their whiskey-filled shot glasses while staring each other down in a dusty saloon. Silent patrons watch as the gunslingers flick the liquor from the glasses into their mouths while still looking eye to eye.

After slamming the glasses back down on the bar, they both move their hands slowly to their sides where they both rest their fingers on the holsters. “How ‘bout we take this outside, pardner,” one of them says.

According to gunslinging procedures, generally, outlaws consume shots and then fire them during a gunfight — at least in Wild West movies.

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Or in another movie scene, we’ve got cocky, pre-kooky Tom Cruise igniting shot glasses brimming with neon liquor before he slides them down the bar to amply endowed female customers who gush over his bartending bravado. And, as always, the camera zooms in for a shot of the shots.

What would these classic movie scenes be without the shot glasses? The “Hangover” would have been just another average day if Stu, Alan, Phil and Doug hadn’t clinked and downed their roofie spiked shot glasses of Jagermeister.

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It’s not just Hollywood that touts the shot glass. These receptacles have been practical and popular in mainstream society for decades. They are collected as souvenirs by travelers and cradled by inebriated college kids around the country.

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