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10 videos of drunk people trying to eat sandwiches

Eating a sandwich is hard when you have had too much alcohol.

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The Pogues have a new brand of whiskey

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Celtic punk bank The Pogues have launched a signature brand of Irish whiskey.

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How to make a drinking game

Sure, we all know what a drinking game is: a game designed to get you wrecked. But what does it look like from the perspective of a game designer? How does it work?

Gaming critic Mattie Brice explores these questions in an article about her experiences at a drinking game jam, where participants set out to create original drinking games, and learn a bit about how these experiences function in the process.

In many popular games like Beer Pong or Quarters, players are given a challenge—say, making a shot—and drinking is the "punishment" for failure. But as Brice notes, it's often ambiguous whether this is truly a punishment or a reward, since drinking with friends is usually the explicit goal of drinking games from the outset.

"Creating a difficult choice between drinking and another action appealed to me, like having to confess an emotion or drink, or some other lose-lose situation," writes Brice. "We also noted that most drinking games are designed for skill level to steadily deteriorate once you’ve started to take some hits and drink, that is, the parts of your brain that is affected by alcohol will be the parts needed to avoid drinking." Of course, it's also important to make (and play) drinking games in a way that won't send someone to the hospital; games without an "ending condition"—where there is no way to win or finish—can be particularly dangerous.

Although some drinking games are simply endurance tests of how much alcohol you can consume, others like the confessional Never Have I Ever, aim to wear down inhibitions and promote intimacy. While encouraging emotional vulnerability and human connection sounds like a particularly interesting objective for a drinking game, Brice says she quickly discovered how hard it is to achieve, especially while keeping the rules simple and the experience low-risk enough for strangers to feel comfortable playing together.

Read the full article for more, including the rules for five original drinking games based around the theme of "mischief and subterfuge." Personally, I think Speed Fist sounds pretty fun.

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Mattie Brice

Beer cap maps

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This is a great way to save the caps of your favorite craft beers. You can pick from each U.S. state and various boozy countries; all are $39.99 from Beer Cap Maps.

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Home Bartending: Celebrate July 4th with these 1776-era cocktails

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Although the word "cocktail" wasn't coined until the 1800s, mixed drinks were all the rage when America got its independence. Many were made with rum or whiskey, and punch was the term du jour. Both refreshing and timeless, why not toast the weekend with these 3 smashing cocktails of yesteryear?

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Chicago brewery renames their Donald Trump beer 'Chinga Tu Pelo' ('Fuck your hair')

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A Latino-owned brewery in the Chicago area is renaming leftover beer they produced for Donald Trump, after he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers.

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Cocktail Hour

We discover the cocktail's historical origins, its etymological connection to a horse's butt, and its rocky history, post-Prohibition. Read the rest

Beer to be named after Joe Paterno, late coach who enabled Jerry Sandusky sex abuse

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For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.

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Chimpanzees enjoy getting drunk on wine

Chimpanzees in Guinea, West Africa drink naturally fermented palm wine from raffia palm trees, sometimes enough to exhibit "visible signs of inebriation," according to a new scientific study. From BBC News:

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The chimps used drinking tools called leaf sponges - handfuls of leaves that they chew and crush into absorbent sponges, dip into the liquid and suck out the contents.

To work out the extent of the animals' indulging, the scientists measured the alcohol content of the wine in the containers and filmed the chimps' "drinking sessions".

The research team, led by Dr Kimberley Hockings from Oxford Brookes University and the Centre for Research in Anthropology in Portugal, worked out that the sap was about 3% alcohol by volume.

"Some individuals were estimated to have consumed about 85ml of alcohol," she said, "the equivalent to 8.5 UK units [approximately equal to a bottle of wine]".

"[They] displayed behavioural signs of inebriation, including falling asleep shortly after drinking.

"Chimpanzees found to drink alcoholic plant sap in wild" (BBC News)

Tools to tipple: ethanol ingestion by wild chimpanzees using leaf-sponges (Royal Society Open Science)

How much caffeine and alcohol should we (or shouldn't we) be drinking?

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Caffeine and alcohol, once thought to be associated with some health risks, are now making headlines for their health benefits – when consumed in moderation. So how many espresso shots, tea cups, beer mugs and wine glasses are considered healthy doses, and how many put us in the risk category? Two new studies get closer to finding the right balance.

Making egg nog for the British

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Did you know you can enjoy raw eggs relatively fearlessly in the UK? As an American often found hiding out in England, I was surprised to learn that they don't have egg nog here.

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Microscope photographs of alcohol drinks

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Smithsonian writes about BevShots, a company that sells microscope photographs of the crystallized form of alcoholic beverages, like tequila, above, and white wine and scotch, seen below.

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The archives of Pen & Pixel

Perhaps the greatest album cover designers of our times. [University of Houston via Brendan Koerner]

The making of Drunk Science (and why I am never making another one)

I've gotten a few questions about the Drunk Science video that I posted here yesterday. The two most common: "Will there be another Drunk Science?" And, "Jeezus, didn't science journalist Charles Q. Choi drink a bit too much for this?"

The answers to those questions are, respectively, "No" and "Yes". Choi is probably the best person to explain both answers, which he does in a blog post that discusses the science of an alcohol-induced blackout, and why — despite the fact that everybody involved with Drunk Science thinks the final result is pretty damn funny and generally good Internet — we won't ever be doing anything like that again.

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Star Trek wine

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I don't know anything about wine, but I like the looks of Vinport's limited-edition Star Trek wine featuring label art by Juan Ortiz. The labels represent classic ST episodes: "The City on the Edge of Forever," "Mirror Mirror," and "The Trouble with Tribbles." Star Trek wine (via Laughing Squid)

Entire fridgeful of drinks destroyed after poison scare

A San Jose woman was arrested Monday over allegations that she spiked bottles of Starbucks' orange juice with rubbing alcohol.

The art and science of beer: a video feature on the "Pope of Foam"

In this video, Charlie The Pope of Foam" Bamforth, the head of Malting and Brewing Science at UC Davis, explains beer-making and reveals how to pick the freshest pint when you're at a pub. "How Beer Saved The World," "Why I Tease Those Wine Guys," and "How Bird Poop Makes A More Aromatic Belgian Beer" are but a few tidbits.