Here’s what history says we should do:
1. Chicken soup is “an excellent food as well as medicine,” says 12th c. rabbi and physician Moses Maimonides. The consumption of a chicken (not one too old or too fat, mind you) will also alleviate symptoms of asthma and sexual dysfunction.
2. Cover our…
Funny enough, the chicken soup idea is actually a good thing, and has been studied well for its benefits in fighting flu.
Morphine for cough? Well codeine is just isomer of methylated morphine.
So CSU Sonoma actually used games like WoW and Starcraft to illustrate space colonization. Kinda cool, good to see novel uses of games.
How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?
These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
Did you know that in 2011 a bizarre underwater “icicle of death” was filmed by a BBC crew? They did it using timelapse cameras, under the ice at Little Razorback Island, near Antarctica’s Ross Archipelago.
The icy phenomenon, called a brinicle, is caused by cold, sinking brine, which is more dense than the rest of the sea water. When salt-rich water leaks out of sea ice, it sinks into the sea and can occasionally create an eerie finger of ice. Brinicles are found in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.
DrunkQuest - Drinking Game Review
Last August we posted about a Kickstarter fundraiser for a game called DrunkQuest. The game was successfully funded and shipped out earlier this year and we got our hands on a copy to play. Boy, what a night.
The first thing you’ll notice when you open DrunkQuest are the crazy large cards. Originally I was turned off by the size, as the cards about double the size of normal playing cards. While I thought it might be annoying to have to hold onto a big hand all night, my opinion changed in the night. The play area isn’t huge, so table space wasn’t an issue and after a few rounds the large text was still easy to read while tipsy. The size of the cards also makes them extremely hard to lose- a definite plus with a drinking game. The game also came with two plus/minus dice, which is really just a fancy coin flip. Overall, the packaging is solid and portable enough for me to throw in a bag when I take it to a friend’s. Now let’s dive into the gameplay.
Each player picks a hero card and a realm, which gives players a permanent ability that they can use by rolling a die. The heroes are colorful and fun, depicting classic RPG classes like thief or mage and throwing in a few new classes like brewmaster (my favorite). The other card decks are for monsters and items. The goal of the game is for a player to defeat enough monsters to obtain level 6.
A player encounters a monster on his or her turn by drawing them at random from the pile. Each monster has a drink value (red number), an ability, and a treasure amount (green number). To defeat the monster, the player must drink the drink value of the monster. Drinks can be determined by the team, but generally a sip of a beer or cocktail works just fine. They will then gain a level and collect their treasure from the treasure deck. Here’s where the fun, and competitive, part comes in.
Once a player draws a monster, every other player has a turn to play cards that advance the monster by adding to it’s drink value. As seen above, the Wineapple card adds three additional drinks to the monster, making it harder for the player to defeat it. If by the end of the circle the player doesn’t feel like drinking the final amount, they can pass up and not gain any levels. However, the player isn’t entirely helpless to the will of their jerk friends. Over the course of the game you’ll also gain armor and weapons to help reduce a monster’s value. There are also instant cards that can be played at any time that allow you negate a players card, steal their armor, or even force all your drinks onto another player. This makes for an incredibly fun, fast, and chaotic game. We had many rounds where players would battle it out with instant cards, adding and subtracting drink values, stealing items, and forcing each other to take drinks with cards. It felt very “you’ve activated my trap card”-esque and was very fun. Players can also choose to help each other out by splitting drinks on normal monsters, generally agreeing to split the loot gained.
Every once in a while you’ll encounter a boss monster which the whole team has to battle. These special monsters have high starting drink values and it was neat to see everyone stop trying to screw each other over and work together to slay the beast.
One negative that we experienced in the game was length. Games with 4 and 5 players took over an hour, sometimes closer to an hour and a half (which can feel around 3 hours in drunk mentality). This was largely due to instant card wars that sprung between players. There are a few especially evil cards that cause players to lose an entire level, which can really add some length to the game (It should be noted that there are other gain a level cards). While I enjoyed myself thoroughly the whole game, some people might not have the attention span for it while drunk. And trust me, you’re going to get drunk.
Players are going to drink a lot in this game. This can be a positive or a negative for some people. Personally, it was the first and last game I played on the nights we played. We went through a crazy amount of beer, as some encounters demanded up towards 20 drinks to kill a monster. If you’re going to play this game, I advise starting sober so that you remember winning. When the game labels itself as a drinking game, it totally means it. The more players you add to the game, the more you’re going to drink and the longer the game will go on.
Overall, DrunkQuest is one of the most fun times I’ve ever had with a drinking game. It’s fast paced, competitive, and really suits table top gamers who enjoy to drink with friends. The presentation and art of the cards is colorful and quirky, mixing RPG themes that players will find familiar with drinking culture. It’s regularly been requested that I bring it back to friends’ houses when my wife and I go to visit and I highly recommend it. I’m definitely looking forward to the expansion, which we will post about later today.
As always, please play responsibly.