Warning – your beer may contain flu

Amny.com, New York’s free morning daily paper, brings intriguing killjoy advice to avoid swine flu, which provides an insight into new social practices among students.

Alongside kissing less and not sharing marijuana pipes and hookahs comes a warning against … “beer pong”. The game involves tossing a ping pong ball towards cups full of beer. The lucky “owner” of the cup where it lands drinks it down, along with whatever infections the ball may by then have gathered.

It seems one New York college has already emailed advice to desist, debunking claims that the alcohol would disinfect the flu. No judgmental advice on avoiding alcohol, at least!

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