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April 17th, 2013
Beer pong poison?

New Research: Beer Pong Balls Carry Excessive Bacteria

Clemson University researchers found that beer pong balls may carry dangerous bacteria.

The balls collected by student researchers from parties over one weekend found salmonella, listeria, E. coli and staph.  The study found a high level of bacteria transferred to the beer when balls went into cups.

For those unaccustomed to drinking games of the youth, beer pong is played by tossing ping pong balls across a table into cups of beer.  (sort of like the bucket game from Bozo the Clown). If one lands a ball in a cup, their opponent must drink the beer from the cup.

Fun fact: a hoax spread on the Internet in 2009 linked beer pong to herpes. That rumor started with news outlets picking up a fake story from a humor website, before it was eventually debunked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-W&J's Producer

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