These are the two answers (the soda one I never heard of) I've heard but since it's slang, one will never beat the other out. It's too long ago to say what was first but these… are most used explanations : 86 may be the most common term uttered in bars and restaurants. It means the supply of an item is exhausted, as in "Tell the customer to order another appetizer. The soup du jour is 86'd. We're out." It is used to cut customers off as well, as in "Don't serve Drunk Guy over there anymore, he's 86'd." It can go as far as meaning to eject or debar from the premises, as in "Johnny's 86'd. Every time he comes in here he starts a fight, so he is no longer welcome." The term is used often, yet not everyone knows where it came from. The following are some of the many theories of where the term originated. My favorite theory is that it originated at Chumley's, a famous 1900's New York speakeasy located at 86 Bedford St.. During Prohibition, the entrance through an interior adjoining courtyard was used for it was both discreet and private. As per New York tradition, cops were on Chumley's payroll, and when they were about to raid the joint, they would call ahead. The bartender would then give the command "86 everybody," which meant that everyone should hightail it out the Bedford St. entrance for the cops were coming in through the courtyard. Some people say the address of the bar is pure coincidence, and the term originated in rhyming slang used by workers so that the average customer didn't know what they were taking about. 86 rhymes with nix. It is unlikely that the term came from rhyming slang. Rhyming slang doesn't use the rhyming word. It uses the non- rhyming word. For example rhyming slang for "mate" is " my old china" . The rhyming word "plate" would not be used. If 86 were rhyming slang it would be "eighty," not " eighty-six." Another theory is that it originated with the number codes developed by soda fountain clerks. 86 was the password indicating they were out of an item. These codes were extensive, such as a 98 from one soda popper to another meant, "the assistant manager is on the prowl so watch yourself." Some say 86 originated at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City. Number 86 on their menu was steak and the most popular item. It often sold out. From there 86 became shorthand for being out of an item (MORE)
I don't know if that is true everywhere, but in New York restaurants waiters and waitresses use this term to indicate that a dish is no longer served, especially when among pa…trons. They may say: VegiBurger 86, meaning kitchen ran out of VegiBurgers. I guess this is done to conceal such event from customers. Correct - it's an NYC thing and here's why . Chumley's in the west village (currently closed) was a speakeasy during prohibition. Right up until the day it closed ~ 2 yrs. ago, there was no signage. The 86 (for 86 bedford, it's address.) was the only marking. When a raid by the feds was suspected the NYPD would warn the staff to "86 everyone out" (MORE)
172 use a calc :P .
Or anything, any number as long as you are not looking for an even answer with no fraction or remainder. In which case see above. May I add 258. Oh yes, u…sing the calculator on your computer, .
If you don't have calculator on the Windows computer you are using, do this. Click Start, select Run. In the box type calc and press enter. This should bring up the calculator. You can now get your answer. If you do have calculator on your computer and you asked this question... I don't know what to say.... (MORE)
NSC-86 was a secret policy statement, proposed by the National Security Council in 1950, calling for a large, ongoing military commitment to contain Soviet communism; it was a…ccepted by President Harry Truman after the North Korean invasion of South Korea. (MORE)