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Hash House Harriers: The Other Beer Sport

On-on!

Athletic drinking: perhaps you thought you were alone, beer pong fans, but hark! a “drinking group with a running problem”. What?!? Sounds too good to be true. But across the globe the Hash House Harriers, or H3, are out in full force. They’re like fraternities/sororities of silliness and fitness for adults of all kinds. The Constitution, dating back to 1950, states the group is meant to, “promote physical fitness among our members, to get rid of weekend hangovers, to acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer.” And the Nobel goes to…

The ratio of exercise to drinking varies from chapter to chapter; most chapters have both runners and walkers.The level of social acceptability also varies; some are family friendly while others go out of their way to be as lewd or politically incorrect as possible.

Seems like this could get out of hand really fast but there’s a method to the madness. Each chapter has their own traditions but generally once a week one member, or hare, sets a trail with chalk or flour with different signs or markings signifying a false trail, a backtrack, a shortcut, or a turn. In addition to the tricks, several types of “checks” are also used- most commonly a beer check- to keep the hound–the other members–together by slowing down front runners and giving everyone a chance to regroup and socialize. Among the popular jargon between hashers the most common phrase- and perhaps most important- is “On-on!” shouted to let other members of the hound know they are still on the trail.

Want to join a hash? Look up your local group! Don’t be intimidated: all the local traditions and markings will be explained to you at the “chalk talk” before the hash. But do beware of the “down-down” used for both positive and negative recognition of a hasher requiring the member in question to finish the entire remaining contents of his/her beverage without interruption or else it will be poured on your head. But you beer pong lovers can handle that, right? So go work off that beer gut with the Hash House Harriers and invite your hound back to your place for some beer pong afterwards.

Posted 2 years ago at 11:15 am.

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Words of Wisdom: The Most Inspiring Beer-Related Quotes

Thinking of a putting a beer-related quote on your next custom beer pong table, or just need a reason to throw another party? Allow us to offer you some inspiration:

“Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies come to life and fade away. What care I how time advances; I am drinking ale today.” –Edgar Allan Poe

“A woman drove me to drink, and I hadn’t even the courtesy to thank her.”
–W.C. Fields

“I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night.”
– Ancient Greek proverb

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer. “
–Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I drink to make other people interesting.”
–George Jean Nathan

“It’s beer o’clock, and I’m buying.”
–Teddy Gammell, Memento

“Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”
–Winston Churchill

“Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love, and to celebrate the good days.”
–Ancient Egyptian Credo

“Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”
–Frank the Tank, Old School

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
–Abraham Lincoln

“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.”
–David Rains Wallace

“If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose.”
–Jack Handy, Saturday Night Live

“There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking.”
–Benjamin Franklin

“He was a wise man who invented beer.”
–Plato

“I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of Communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.”
–Dave Berry

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
– Ernest Hemingway

“I work until beer o’clock.”
–Stephen King

Did we miss a great one? Let us know in the comments!

Posted 2 years, 4 months ago at 2:15 pm.

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The Top Five People We’d Like to Play Beer Pong With

Astute readers of the PartyPong blog may remember that we once ran a post titled The Top Five Women We’d Most Like to Play Beer Pong With.

Well, it’s time to stop discriminating! There are plenty of other people out there we’d love to play a great game of beer pong against, and some of them aren’t even hot women. Below is our updated list of people we’d give up an arm to play against (not the dominant pong-playing arm, please):

5. Any of the American presidents, present or past

For very different reasons, any present or former president—Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc—would be a great person to play beer pong against. Politics aside, any of these people seem like they’d be fun and interesting to talk to in real life. Plus, we think they’d probably be the type to spring for a custom beer pong table. We know about their policies; now let’s get a break-down of what counts: their beer pong skills.

4. Roger Sterling and Donald Draper from “Mad Men”

Okay, we know they’re not real people. But we’d love to know how these cognac-guzzling ad men would handle themselves in front of a beer pong table. They’re well aquainted with upscale alcohol, we know that. But could they hold their own with a case of Bud Lite and a beer pong table? Sadly, the world will never know. But if you throw a Mad Men-themed beer pong tournament, please send us pictures.

3. Kristen Wiig

We had to include one hot woman on our list, so we decided to go for the one who’s hot and absolutely hilarious. Even if she weren’t attractive, Wiig would be a fun, smart, and uproarious opponent. It’s just a bonus that she’s easy on the eyes.

2. Any sloth, ever

Does it matter that sloths can’t play the game? Nope. Because they’re awesome.

1. Donald Glover

Where did this guy come from?! Whether he’s performing hilarious standup comedy, starring as one of our favorite characters on television in “Community,” or tearing up the stage as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino, the talented Glover is a true American hero. We think this man would be a smart, funny, and worthy opponent.

Weigh in with who YOU’D most like to play beer pong with in the comment section!

Posted 2 years, 5 months ago at 12:47 pm.

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No Saint Patrick’s Day? No Problem.

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A friend of ours approached us recently and complained about having to miss out on what is undoubtedly one of the best beer-related holidays of the year: Saint Patrick’s Day. Now, we’re sure he’s not the only one; sometimes life just gets in the way of us celebrating some of the best holidays.

So in honor of those who had to work, who had other plans, who were sick, or who just had to deal with life, we present to you our list of The Best Beer-Related Holidays (that aren’t Saint Patrick’s Day). So drink up, play some beer pong, and never worry again if life prevents you from savoring some Guinness on your favorite holiday. For your reading pleasure, we are only including holidays that take place in mid-April or later.

Saint Monday–Any (or every! Monday)
Nobody likes Mondays. So in the 1800’s, clever tradesmen handled this by taking Mondays off for “union meetings.” They would then meet at their local pub or bar and drink in honor of Saint Monday. A fine tradition, if we’ve ever heard of one.

King Gambrinus Day–April 11
April 11 is the birthday of the respected Flemish King Gambrinus. Why should you care, you ask? Well, because King Gambrinus is credited with adding hops to malted brews to bring you the fine and delicious beer you know and love today! So drink up in honor of this pioneering man.

St. Arnold’s Day–July 18
Saint Arnold is the Patron Saint of Brewers. Need we say more?

International IPA Day—August 4
It’s not clear as to whetehr this is an official holiday or not, but we do know that thousands of IPA fans are doing their best to make it one. So knock back a cold, delicious India Pale Ale and celebrate.

International Beer Day—August 5
…And just in case you didn’t celebrate enough on August 4, there’s International Beer Day on August 5. So sip on a stout or guzzle a porter, and invite everyone over to play a rousing game of beer pong. And then never worry about missing out on a beer-related holiday again!

Posted 2 years, 7 months ago at 12:22 pm.

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Movies that Will Inspire a Kickass Beer Pong Game

Break out your beer pong table, some pong balls, and a bowl of popcorn. It’s time to kick back and watch some movies that will inspire you to play your best game of beer pong yet!

St Elmo’s Fire: This delightful coming-of-age film about post-grads will make you glad you’re still in college. Pour the beer and let the good times roll!

Animal House: Still, after all these years, “Animal House” is the quintessential college party movie. Haven’t seen it? Then your life is incomplete.

Revenge of the Nerds: Spoiler alert: the nerds win in this hilarious, classic college film. It’s sure to inspire a fun round of beer pong no matter whose side you’re on.

Old School: Will Ferrell is at his best in this hilarious tale of a group of men who just can’t let college go.

Road Trip: Beer Pong: Actually, we haven’t seen this one, but we couldn’t ignore a film with “beer pong” in the title. Someone review it for us.

Mortal Kombat: The Mortal Kombat movie is about a group of martial artists who will compete in a tournament that will determine the fate of the world. Sure, the stakes of your beer pong game may not be quite as high, but watching this movie will definitely help you put your game face on.

Accepted: A movie about love and acceptance (sort of), “Accepted” will provide inspiration for all your college antics.

Van Wilder: Van Wilder is destined to be a new classic, coming from the fine and upstanding “National Lampoon” family.

Smokey and the Bandit: Get your culture on with this campy 1977 movie about a man who tries to run a trailer full of beer over county lines.

The Big Lebowski: The Dude abides in this brilliant piece of cinema, which captures the spirit of beer pong even though it has nothing to do with college or beer pong.

Which of these movies or others inspire you to play some beer pong?

Posted 2 years, 8 months ago at 2:52 pm.

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‘Tis the Season for Beer Pong

Admit it: you like the holidays. No, you don’t appreciate the Christmas music blasting in department stores 24/7, and the guy who’s paid to dress up as Santa Claus is creepy, but you can’t deny that you have fond memories of Christmases (or Hanukkahs) past. So ring in some holiday cheer with Party Pong tables, and check out these surefire ways to add the fun back into your holidays:

1. Continue playing beer pong as usual, but replace the Natty Ice with a more festive drink. This may require that you take up a collection among your generous dorm mates, since holiday drinks are considerably more expensive. We recommend setting up a bell-ringer outside your dorm or campus center, but DO NOT pretend the donations will go to charity, as that’s a surefire way to get a lump of coal in your stocking. Then get to work filling those plastic cups with egg nog, mulled wine, hard cider, or a seasonal beer. You’ll want to start missing your shots. By the end of the game, everyone wins.

2. Decorate your beer pong table Christmas lights are no longer for just the outdoors, but you can get even more creative. Throw garlands, snowflakes, and candy canes across your beer pong table. Line the perimeter with popcorn and cranberries. Think big here: the goal is to make your table look like an elf just took a crap on it.

3. Penalties for missed shots involve singing the holiday song of your choice, at the top of your lungs Did you know that beer pong is our favorite Christmas drinking game? It is! Play as you normally would, but anyone who misses a shot has to subject–er, treat–the neighborhood to the Christmas carol of their choice, belted at the top of their lungs. Nothing brings out the Christmas cheer like a tipsy rendition of “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer!”

4. Treat yourself to a Playboy beer pong table

Want to know what says “Christmas” more than anything?

playboy christmas beer pong tableThis.

Posted 2 years, 10 months ago at 11:15 am.

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Looking for an Excuse to Play Beer Pong? We Have a Few.

Sure, there are typical excuses to drink: during a holiday party, before a big football game, or in celebration of a friend’s birthday. But what happens when it’s an average Tuesday night and you really need an excuse to play beer pong? How do you get a group together to play the game while legitimizing your drinking? Don’t worry; excuses are our specialty and the number of excuses to play beer pong is almost infinite. We suggest you follow a few simple rules and draw from one of the the following three categories to justify playing beer pong on an ordinary night.

1. Successes / Failures. 

Did you ace a test recently? Celebrate! Did you fail it? That works too! Celebrating or mourning life’s little successes and failures is a sure-fire excuse to drink. Think outside the box as you consider what to celebrate/mourn. Sure, there are all the usual suspects like grades, getting/not getting the girl, or losing/winning a big game; but there are also so many other little successes or failures throughout the day to think about. Did you make it to class today? Floss your teeth? Put on pants? Celebrate!

2. Sporting Events.

beer pong and toad racing

An exciting toad race would be even more exciting after a round of beer pong!

We’re not talking football, baseball, or your favorite team; we figure you have those covered already. But have you considered commemorating Canada’s latest curling match with a rousing game of beer pong? How about finding or starting an adult dodgeball tournament? Or maybe you should check in and see what’s happening in the world of lawn mower racing these days. People come up with some weird sports, and you’ll have endless sporting events to celebrate if you look around. A short list of bizarre sporting events you could pay tribute to: elephant polo. Toad racing. Canal jumping. Rope climbing. Oil wrestling. See? The possibilities are endless.

3. Holidays.

Go to Wikipedia and type today’s date into the search bar. Need we say more? Whether it’s the anniversary of Guinea declaring independence from France, or the birthday of Winston Churchill, whether it’s Flag Day or Applejack Awareness Day, you’ll be able to find something to celebrate. Add a little pizazz to your celebration with some custom beer pong balls–perhaps with Winston Churchill’s face on them.

Now go forth and play beer pong!

(Do we have to say it? Drink responsibly and don’t drive after playing beer pong!)

Posted 3 years ago at 5:14 pm.

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