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How To Play Beer Pong

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A Little History from Wikipedia

Beer pong, also known as Beirut, is a drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer on the other end. The game typically consists of two teams of two players each, with 10 cups set up in a triangle formation on each side of a table. Each team then takes turns attempting to shoot ping pong balls into their opponent’s cups. If a ball lands in a cup (known as a 'make'), the contents of that cup are consumed by the other team and the cup is removed from the table. The first team to eliminate all of the opponent's cups is the winner.

The game evolved from the original Beer Pong played with paddles, which is generally regarded to have had its origins within the fraternities of Dartmouth College in the 1950s and 1960s, where it has since become part of the social culture of the campus. The original version resembled an actual ping pong game with a net and one or more cups of beer on each side of the table. Eventually, a version without paddles was created and the names “Beer Pong” and “Beirut” were adopted in some areas of the United States sometime in the 1980s.

Bucknell University's student-run newspaper, “The Bucknellian”, claims Delta Upsilon fraternity members at Bucknell created "Throw Pong", a game very similar to beer pong, during the 1970s. "Throw Pong" was then brought to Lehigh University by fraternity brothers who visited Bucknell, and this led to the creation of the version of Beer Pong that is played today.

In some places, Beer Pong refers to the version of the game with paddles, and Beirut to the version without. However, according to a “CollegeHumor” survey, the term “Beer Pong” is more common than “Beirut” when referring to the paddle-less game.

The origin of the name "Beirut" is disputed. A 2004 op-ed article in the “Daily Princetonian”, the student newspaper at Princeton University, suggested that the name was possibly coined at Bucknell or Lehigh University around the time of the Lebanese Civil War. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was the scene of much fighting during the war.

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