~ Bier ist Gift ~
This glass stein is called a Tübinger Igel (porcupine from Tübingen) noted for being favored by German students, especially those from the student society Igel formed at the University of Tübingen in 1871. The lid inscriptions are student related and the following excerpt regarding the "paragraph 11" symbol is taken from the SCI website reading room:
The beer code, or Bier-Comment of the Senior University, Heidelberg, as it is officially known, has passed through several revisions and editions since 1829. In common with other university beer codes, however, the Heidelberg laws begin with paragraph 11. Paragraphs 1 to 10 are left blank, being presumably the ten commandments of the Old Testament. The eleventh paragraph, or commandment of Heidelberg University reads: Es wird fortgesoffen, or, freely translated, "Keep on drinking."
Bier ist Gift!
's wird fortgesoffen.
Beer is poison!
Keep on drinking.
Translation: Roy De Selms
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