Beirut Bacteria

Two seniors at George Washington University decided to find out how much bacteria is involved in a typical game of Beirut. Their findings are, well, less than shocking:

“It was pretty obvious what we were going to find. It’s pretty clear that beer pong isn’t exactly a clean game, between people drinking out of the same cups, and the ball falling on the floor,” Heffner said.

So to test their hypothesis Heffner and Morrissey set up their own game of beer pong, had eight people play for three hours, going through about a 30-pack of beer before ending the night and letting the bacteria settle.

“We used brand-new balls and cups so that nothing would have any sort of bacteria on it before the game,” Heffner said.

Heffner and Morrissey returned to the table the next morning to gather their test tubes and observed them under the microscope. Heffner and Morrissey said the results were startling — every single test tube had bacteria in it.

Heffner said that from one night’s worth of playing the typical college drinking game, they found high levels of a bacterial family that contains such species as E. coli, pneumonia and salmonella.

10 thoughts on “Beirut Bacteria

  1. Adam

    My friends came back from Psi-U’s fire and ice party (which had the ice luge) and then wondered why they got sick.

  2. Adam

    My friends came back from Psi-U’s fire and ice party (which had the ice luge) and then wondered why they got sick.

  3. Anonymous

    i say that all the time at parties!!! that makes me a loser, right? but, i swear, that game absolutely revolting.-janie

  4. Anonymous

    i say that all the time at parties!!! that makes me a loser, right? but, i swear, that game absolutely revolting.
    -janie

  5. Anonymous

    pneumonia is not a microbe in itself. also, i bet you those cups and balls were not as clean as the authors would have thought them to be. they should’ve tested their stuff before the festivities began to see whether or not their stuff had bacteria in it already.

  6. Anonymous

    pneumonia is not a microbe in itself. also, i bet you those cups and balls were not as clean as the authors would have thought them to be. they should’ve tested their stuff before the festivities began to see whether or not their stuff had bacteria in it already.

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