Youths! The Possum Drinking Game
In New Zealand, the youths of Dunedin have begun to play a drinking game called “Possum”. What is it? Let me tell you?
When I began reading the article, I was thinking about the times I’ve seen a possum, so I assumed that the game was just people driving by passed out drunk people on the side of the road and saying “Gross.”, because that has been my entire experience with possums. But in New Zealand, they apparently have different possum activities.
According to the Guardian: “The game has quite simple rules. You sit in a tree and drink until you fall out of it.” Genius. This game is simple and effective. By drinking 24 beers (which in itself, even sitting on the ground will conk you right out) and eventually getting so drunk that you fall out of the tree you’re sitting in (how did you get 24 beers up a tree?!) that you fall right out. This might of course lead one to MY version of the game, especially if you’re near a busy highway.
It’s apparently bothering the police of the region, and how could it not? Young people bringing their cans up tree and just falling out of said trees blackout drunk? It’s hard enough dealing with them on the ground, now we’ve got to be watching out for FLYING drunk people? I’m scared enough for my friends’ well-being when we’re sitting on the beach or a lawn. But, this was by FAR my favorite quote of the article:
Possum is “a variation on a theme of drinking games that require hanging out in random places drinking heavily”, explained Joe Stockman, editor of the Dunedin student paper Critic. “It is the same thing every year down here – new students, think it’s original, all been done before, ODT [Otago Daily Times] plays along and pretends it’s a new problem.”
WELL DONE, NEW ZEALAND! YOU’VE CRACKED THE CODE! Kids be drinking! Kids be drinking heavily and in public! ALERT THE MEDIA! ROUND UP THE PARENTS GROUPS! STOP THESE DAMNED KIDS FROM FALLING OUT OF TREES!