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#11 Interactive Drinking

Interactive drinking is more than drinking while interacting with others. It is interacting with the act of drinking. This could mean drinking games or the drink itself.

While drinking in itself is an enjoyable activity for college students, they like to spice things up by playing a drinking game. Games such as Asshole, Beerpong, Beer Die, Egyptian Rat Screw, and so on are usually common place at social gatherings. Sometimes a party may be too hoppin to organize a drinking game, but for those more chill get togethers they are a great idea for getting everyone hammered.

The other form of interactive drinking is the drink itself. Two of my favorite examples are Flaming Dr. Peppers and Edward 40 Hands (which goes waaaay beyone being simply a drinking game).

Flaming Dr. Peppers:

1 bottle of Amaretto Liquer
1 bottle of 151 or Everclear
1 case of domestic beer
1 lighter
1-10 shotglasses (depending on how many people are participating)
same number of glasses
Inflamable drinking surface (that means no tablecloths… learned that from experience)

Pour the shotglass 3/4 full of the Amaretto and top off with 151. Pour the beer in the glass so it is approximately 2/3 full. Light the 151 on fire. Drop the shotglass in the beer. Chug.

Tastes like Dr. Pepper

Edward 40 Hands

I like this game because you learn so much about everyone involved, especially once it comes time to break the seal. Simply duct tape a 40 oz. to each hand. You can’t remove the 40 until empty (depending on rules, you might be able to remove one at a time, but remember the other will be horribly warm by the time you finish the first). Let the hillarity begin!


#8 Stereotypical Social Groups

Once in college, college students are able to find friends that are exactly like they are.  These stereotypical homogeneous social groups vary in characteristics, but are most likely seen on all college campuses in one way or another.


The first are the Hippies (sometimes known as Trustafarians). 


In high school, most of these now Hippies probably smoked weed and listened to Phish, but also wore Abercrombie and the Gap.  Once in college they found all the other people that smoke weed and listen to Phish and all simultaneously traded their “preppy” clothes for ones made of hemp, bought chacos, smoked a bowl, and grew dreads.  Although they join their local university’s Save The ___insert environmentally threatened subject___ group, they can also be seen driving their Expeditions four blocks to class.


The next stereotypical social group are the Wannabe Emo Band Members.


With the exception of maybe 3, most emo bands completely suck.  But since the whole genre is based on not being able to sing or play instruments well, many geeky college students can become instantly cool by becoming Emo.  They don’t even have to be in a band, although it does up your indie cred, they just need to look the part.  Instead of practicing the guitar or keyboards, these Wannabe Emo Band Members will most likely be seen smoking cigarettes on the stoop of some eclectic coffee shop having pseudo-intellectual conversations.  And though their parents pay their tuition and rent, they feel the need to live like a starving musician, possibly dumpster diving for food and picking up cigarette butts off the ground to get one or two puffs out of (also increases their indie cred).


The last and definitely the most dominant are the Greeks.


These are the cool kids from high school that always new they were cooler than everyone else, but couldn’t admit it because then no one would vote them as Homecoming Queen or come to their graduation party.  Now in college where only Political Science dorks ran for anything important they can flex their coolness-muscles and join a Fraternity or Sorority.  Greeks like this because a) they can choose who gets in, b) everyone that gets in are just like them, and c) they never have to deal with non-greeks (unless they are stuck with them on a class project).  Greeks love being greek because it is just like high school; dances, clubs, Homecoming, etc.  But now they can let everyone on campus know how great they are.


By maybe their junior year of college, students will usually get over what ever stereotypical social group they have joined and return to their normal ways.  Maybe they need to cut their dreads to get an internship, keep growing out of those damn skinny jeans, or simply realize whatever group they have joined is not their life and just move on.   

#3 The Smoking Benches

smoking.jpgFor those unfortunate enough to get stuck with the dorm room right outside the smoking benches, they not only get to enjoy the constant waft of cigarette smoke through their windows but also constant chatter from those cool enough to smoke. The smoking benches are where all the smokers in the dorm congregate to inhale their death-sticks while making awkward conversation with strangers. Usually located right outside the main entrance to the dorm, all the healthy non-smokers must hurry by without breathing any toxins while those who risk their lungs play hacky sack and make plans for the night ahead.

It’s a no-brainer that smoking cigarettes is cool, thus the smoking benches are where to find the cool people. Oftentimes non-smokers will even hang out at the smoking benches simply to meet these risk takers we call smokers. They might even take a drag or two just to fit in.

Most college smokers would agree that the friendships they have now would not have been made without the smoking benches. Where else can total strangers spark up a great conversation simply by asking “hey can I bum a square?” Usually these three and a half minute conversations will end with “so anything fun going on tonight?” and BAM a friendship is born!