You Have Just Been Poisoned

by seanmichaelragan, published

You Have Just Been Poisoned by seanmichaelragan Jun 17, 2011


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Fans of Patrick McGoohan’s classic BBC spy series The Prisoner will recognize this gimmick from Episode 15, “The Girl Who Was Death.” As the beer or other libation is drained, the lines of text becomes visible at the bottom of the glass. Personally, I think I would probably stop drinking after "have," but hey...

This is a stencil, in an authentic "Village" font, for applying etching cream to the bottom of a pint glass. They're intended to be made on adhesive vinyl using a vinyl cutter. If you don't have one, they are available for $2.00 apiece (and up, depending on the size you want) from etchworld:



The process is pretty simple, but instructions for applying the stencil and etching the design are here:


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If you do have a laser cutter, you could always just etch this onto the bottom of it :D

The font is not exactly right. The "e" should be open.

Yup, I know. I didn't design the font. Just downloaded it from some Prisoner fan site. If it bothers you, feel free to download my art and fix it however you see fit.

I can see all sorts of creative uses for this...

Perhaps for a proposal on the bottom of a champagne flute "If you can read this you might have swallowed the ring" or something.

If you worked the shape of the etching with the odd contours of the glass you could get interesting effects. I remember getting a shot at a Chinese place. The inside of
the glass was oddly domed with an unintelligible picture on the bottom. It was only when it was filled with a certain amount of liquid with the right refractive index that the picture could be seen.

I've been thinking about a second set with "How many fingers am I holding up?" But you could etch it twice so it was "doubled." Maybe make it a bit blurry, too...

That refractive index thing is interesting. I wonder how much the refractive index of alcohol varies with its alcohol content? Could you design a pattern that would visually indicate the alcohol concentration of a drink based on what part of the pattern was visible?