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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 1 year, 11 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 2 years, 11 months ago at 5:14 pm.

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