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It’s called ‘Ruit

Whatever you call it, everyone’s favorite drinking game is apparently important enough to leapfrog the current economic woes and shoot to the top of the list of one state senator, who introduced a bill in the Maryland General Assembly to ban the game in bars:

Sen. George W. Della Jr., a Baltimore Democrat, said such games encourage excessive drinking, which leads to raucous behavior in city neighborhoods. A bill he introduced late last month would have outlawed any games that award drinks as prizes in city taverns.

On Monday, a copy of Della’s bill, SB 233, was circulated in e-mails and posted on Web sites of local beer pong leagues, setting off an online firestorm. Fans of drinking games sent a flurry of angry e-mails to the senator, who withdrew the legislation today on the eve of its first hearing in a committee.

Beer pong enthusiasts were overjoyed with Della’s decision.

“I’m very happy,” said Jim Reiter, co-founder of MD Beer Pong, which bills itself as the state’s largest beer pong league.

“We had a campaign going to get everybody to contact the senator, and I was really happy to see all the people that came together,” Reiter said. “I was getting a lot of e-mails and calls myself. I’m glad to see that it works. It’s kind of cool.”

Yeah, Senator, it’s not like your constituents have to deal with a mayor under indictment, a homicide rate on a record-setting pace, a train wreck of a slot-machine bidding process, and a multimillion-dollar statewide budget deficit. Does the term “Prohibition” ring a bell?

Though it is a bit scary that there are now professional leagues devoted to drinking games…

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.