October 30, 2005

Google Drinking Game

Google CupWe love any combination of technology and drinking, and the Google drinking game we found this morning is right up our alley. Just like any other drinking game, it doesn't have to be played with drinks, but if you ask us that's kind of like saying baseball doesn't have to be played with a ball.

The idea is to create a word snail – an ever-growing sentence – by having each person in the group add one word in turns. Say, the first person starts with “Feelings”. Now the second person adds a word, “are”, so we get “Feelings are ...”.

Now every time a word is added, the phrase (using quotes) is googled for, and the resulting page count is announced to the group. The one person who created a sentence with zero results in Google loses and has to drink something (or get a minus point, if you want to play with points; in that case, the last person who created a sentence with results in Google will win a point). To prevent cheating, the one whose turn is next is not allowed to look at any search result snippet.

Let’s take our sample, and see what we get:
Peter: “Feelings ...” (53,200,000 results in Google)
Mary: “Feelings are ...” (2,100,000 results)
Jake: “Feelings are nothing ...” (1,090 results)
Susan: “Feelings are nothing and ...” (19 results)
Peter: “Feelings are nothing and we ...” (0 results)

The way we play, Susan wins, so she takes a drink and everyone else takes two. But we suppose you could just have the winner choose who has to drink (or empty their glass, if you're feeling ruthless).

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 30, 2005 10:06 AM


Recent Comments

Ahhhh...a bunch of geeks sitting around a computer and drinking. brilliant!

Posted by: Sarah at November 2, 2005 2:26 PM

Genius. That should be what you yell at people when you make them drink.

Posted by: Liquor Snob at November 2, 2005 2:14 PM

A friend of mine has suggested that this game be called GooGulp.

Posted by: Evan at November 2, 2005 2:01 PM
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