I have stumbled across the following joke in Fallout 4 game:

  • What is the best way to start a parade in South Boston?
  • Roll a 40 down the street.

I have no idea what roll a 40 down the street means. Can anyone explain?


A "40" is a 40 ounce bottle of beer or malt liquor (usually malt liquor)

The phrase "40 ounce" typically refers to a single glass bottle of malt liquor, a form of beer noted for its high alcohol content by volume. (Source)

Large bottles of malt liquor are inexpensive and associated with heavy drinkers that don't have a lot of money. The "joke" is disparaging the people who live in South Boston as the type of people who would chase a bottle of cheap liquor rolling down the street.

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    Wow... I would have never deciphered that on my own. Thank you. – Pavel Horal Dec 17 '17 at 22:04
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    @PavelHoral I would give you some usage examples, but a lot of the examples I could find were pretty vulgar stuff. If you want to look for yourself, "40" is usually spelled out, so you would search for "a forty"... – ColleenV Dec 17 '17 at 22:17

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