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  1. Is a widowmaker a drink? I know it’s an aneurism and an old wrestler, but I’ve never heard of a drink by that name.

  2. @ arseetoo – The first item on that list would be enough for me. Germans really seem to like their oddball herbal liquers, but even after decades of exposure, I cannot stand the stuff.

  3. I have heard of a widowmaker as a drink. I guess I find the concept of a future DUI/vehicular homicide incident less than amusing.

  4. Seems to me that he should be buying the guy the fuzzy navel, as the Reaper is the widowmaker.

  5. In movies:

    2015 The Widowmaker, heart attack https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3470838/plotsummary

    1990 The Widowmaker, serial killer?
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100932/plotsummary

    2002 K-19: The Widowmaker, malfunctioning nuclear submarine
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0267626/plotsummary

    Wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widow_maker
    A widow maker is something that has the potential to cause sudden loss of life

    Common usage
    Widowmaker (forestry), any loose overhead debris such as limbs or tree tops that may fall at any time
    Widow maker (medicine), a nickname used to describe a highly stenotic left main coronary artery or proximal left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery of the heart

    Dictionaries:

    http://www.yourdictionary.com/widow-maker
    (actually from Wiktionary)
    (idiomatic) Something which or someone who takes the lives of men; a hazard that affects mostly men or is specific for some trade, occupied mostly by men.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widow-maker
    I won’t quote at length, but in summary 1) “something having the potential to cause sudden loss of life” a) loose tree limb b) fatal heart attack caused by left coronary artery blockage

  6. There’s a biker bar in Chicago called the WidowMaker. Most days it seems the guys walking in and out are upper-middle-class 9-to-5ers.

  7. For your list, Mitch: The F-104 “Starfighter” was known as the Widowmaker in Germany, back in the 70’s.

  8. @ Andréa – There is (or was) an “absinth bar” in downtown Berlin, but I last saw it years ago (not all that long after the stuff was re-legalized in lower concentrations).

  9. Hospital chaplain here. A “widow maker” is a STEMI (ST segment Elevated Myocardial Infarction). It’s the heart attack that kills otherwise (presumably) healthy 40-50-60 year olds. It is serious enough that I get a special alert on my phone when a patient is coming in so I know immediately what is happening. Two days ago, though, we had an 89 year old woman survive one; last night she was awake and talking and wanting to get out of the bed. You just never know!

  10. “Early Martin B-26 Marauders (WWII) were known as Widowmakers.”

    F-104’s were, too.

    Apparently, the saying in Germany went like this:

    Q: How may a German citizen obtain their own F-104?
    A: Buy a field, and wait.

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