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HISTORY OF BEER PONG
History of Beer Pong
You can search for the history of beer pong and, of course, Wikipedia and many other websites will attempt to explain the origins of the greatest and most competitive party game ever created. Assuming you're already saying "isn't Party Pong about to do the same thing?" we'd have to say you are 100% incorrect. What we are about to explain is not an interpretation or an assembled story based on ambiguous and undisclosed "facts". Instead, you are about to read the true history of beer pong.
Beer Pong, as we know it, is a game mostly played at house parties, bars, tailgate parties, swimming pools, beaches, parks, bathrooms, churches, nursing homes and the zoo. Red, 18 oz. party cups, are set up in a triangular formation on opposite ends of a beer pong table. After the cups are placed on the beer pong table, they are filled with approximately 2 oz. of your favorite beverage (preferably alcoholic). The simple object of the game is to have 2 teams, one at a time, toss beer pong balls (awesome custom beer pong balls available here) into the cups at the opposite end of the beer pong table. The first team to make all of their cups first, wins.
Beer Pong has evolved over time, including the way the game is physically played and the rules that govern game play. We cannot begin to understand present day beer pong without examining how the game originated, some 400 years ago. The first English settlement in what will later be known as the United States of America--Jamestown, in the Virginia Colony--is where beer pong was first discovered.
Whilst John Smith was busy growing corn, the mood of Jamestown had become a bit somber. A committee of college-aged males was assembled in an effort to introduce something that would bring back the joy and happiness that once flooded the Jamestown settlement. The leader of this committee was the unique offspring of a drunken night between one of the natives and English settlers. His name was Eyeluv Bhearpong, meaning "Child of beer drinker and pong lover." His best friends and the other 3 committee members include Toocups Forbounce, their half Japanese friend, Isinkum Yudrinkum and the country western settler, Reba Tull. Their first major accomplishment was when they recruited and hired John Rolfe, the early English colonial settler, most notably known for successfully cultivating and exporting Tobacco. With tobacco in the pipes and nothing to do, Eyeluv Bhearpong and his friends were sitting around one afternoon throwing rocks at each other as part of a game they liked to play, called "RockenRoll." As Toocups Forbounce was rolling away from a rock he stumbled upon a hollow tree trunk. The friends started to challenge one another into seeing who can toss a rock into the hollow tree trunk.
Later that night, the friends could not get enough of this new skill. They were drinking heavily and decided to stand wine cups on a table and toss rocks into them. Since the cups were easily knocked over they poured they favorite beverage, beer, into the wine cups. The rocks were still too heavy so Isinkum Yudrinkum ran to his dwelling and grabbed a round shaped object that had formed out of melted candle wax. This was the last piece of the puzzle needed to ignite the "game that saved Jamestown". This game, known to the settlers at Jamestown as "Candle Wax Ball in Beer Cup," has evolved into what we refer to today as, Beer Pong, namely after the creator, Eyeluv Bhearpong. T-shirts are sold all over the world with the phrase "I Love Beer Pong" as a tribute to him.
Beer Pong Rules have been implemented to ensure optimal fun and fairness. One of these generic rules involves the act of bouncing the pong ball into a cup and if done so, the opposing team must pull two cups. Some historians believe this rule was around at the beginning and was a favorite of Toocups Forbounce. The only significant evidence to support this theory is in his name. After a team makes their last cup, in some instances the opposing team has an opportunity to make the rest of their remaining cups or shoot till they miss. This rule was implemented by someone named But Tull the great-great-great-great-great grandson of Reba Tull, therefore naming the rule "The Rebuttal."
Beer Pong, in conclusion, over hundreds of years has given many citizens of the United States of America, from Neil Diamond to Asher Roth, something to do when there’s nothing to do; A game to play amongst the best of friends and random strangers. Beer Pong and Party Pong's Beer Pong Tables have turned lame parties into epic nights. Beer Pong is now played in over 125 countries and continues to grow as more and more people build, customize and purchase custom beer pong tables and custom beer pong balls from PartyPongTables.com.
Story written by European historian, Getcher Ballswette
Disclaimer: This article was written for the sole purpose of educating those who want an unbiased, accurate and credible explanation of the history of beer pong.