Wow, the memories. I rock the cup thing. First learned it in high school at a Key Club conference – it was kind of cool with 300 people all doing it simultaneously. I could do it for hours without breaking rhythm.
I taught it to numerous friends, one of whom happened to be a woodwind player for the Pasadena City College Marching Band, which is also the Official Tournament of Roses Band for the Rose Parade. She taught it to the drumline, and well…let’s just say that if you’re a band geek, you know about all the sex, drugs and alcohol. So combine the cup thing with a lot bright rhythmists, a little reefer, and a lot of JD’s, and you have the greatest, most challenging drinking game ever conceived. They modified it by adding their own rhythms, which you had to remember with each new iteration, and if you screwed up - you drank. The more you drank, the more you screwed up. It was awesome. (Some people were really hurting on that 5+ mile parade route, though… :D)
I also made the mistake of teaching it to the high school colorguard I instructed last year, who utilized it at Rose Bowl games to draw attention to our hotdog stand and bring in more revenue. It spread to a few other band members and they began doing it to DEATH. After 3 hours of the “CLAP! - BANG! - SLAP! - TAP! - SLAM!” on the counter, the parent chaperones were all giving me the evil eye. The cups were confiscated a short time thereafter. (Hahahahaaaaa! I corrupted their youth! ) It also shows up at SCA events when the boffer play turns nasty and we want to keep the kids busy.
Tips for safe and fun Cup Thing play:
- Use a flat bottom, non-fragile glass on a flat surface, preferably over carpeting or grass in case cups fly off the table. Stemware is NOT advised!
- When drinking, do NOT play with glass! Those red plastic solo cups make the best sound and are durable (also great for kids). Waxed paper cups collapse too quickly, especially in the height of Cup Thing excitement.
- When passing cup to neighbor, try not to accidentally physically assault them with the cup – a small pass will do.
- Zealous Cup Thing play is encouraged, but remember - the harder you slap, the more your hands hurt afterwards. Conserve you energy.
- Remember to pour out liquid in a suitable place before turning glass over to participate in Cup Thing play. Pay special attention to this when you are drunk.