No party can be without a Red Solo Cup. They’re sturdy, easy to hold, large enough for a good amount of spirits, and allegedly, “smart”. On social media, memes have surfaced defining each line with an actual liquid measurement.
However Snopes.com reports that the parent company of Solo Cups, Dart Container Corporation, cite the lines as purely functional and not a measurement tool.
According to Dart Container Corporation, the parent company of the Solo brand of iconic red Party Cups, “The lines on our Party Cups are designed for functional performance and are not measurement lines. If the lines do coincide with certain measurements, it is purely coincidental.”
Yet for those of us who have a mathematical or bartending background, we believe that everything has a purpose.
According to Business Insider, the lines signify the amounts for each of the basic alcohol groups….hard alcohol, wine and beer.
Although a shot of liquor is 1.5 oz, it’s moot as no one fills a shot to the lower Solo cup line anyhow.
But for those who are watching their beer intake, the 12 oz line provides some guidance. And for those who use a red cup for wine….well they’re just lost.
I, however, use my red Solo cups for none of the above. Mine serve a unique purpose as a cereal bowl when I run out of clean dishes at my house.