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Pubs To Pour Into Plastic Pints?

That there's a "nonic" pint glass, and soon, it may be a pint plastic. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Image hide caption

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That there's a "nonic" pint glass, and soon, it may be a pint plastic.

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Is nothing sacred?! Via the BBC:

Plans to replace the traditional pint glass with one made of shatter-proof plastic will not be accepted by drinkers, the pub industry has warned.

The Home Office has commissioned a new design, in an attempt to stop glasses being used as weapons.

Plastic pint glasses? Hold the phone! What could possibly warrant such a drastic measure?

Official figures show 5,500 people are attacked with glasses and bottles every year in England and Wales.

Oh. The new glasses are not yet compulsory, but plastic pint designer Nick Verebelyi reports the Home Office is promising "quite a push" to make the cups "desirable and acceptable and cool," in the hopes of bringing down those attack numbers.

And file this under "I had no idea!" (It's a huuuuge file): That pint, in the picture up there? It's called a "nonic" — no nick — glass. It was invented in 1960, and it seems the bulge an inch below the rim makes them easier to stack and harder to drop.