Game 3: Hot Potato
I don’t need to do any research to know exactly how this game developed originally. Some exhausted, broke parent ran out of ways to entertain their children, grabbed a potato from the barren cupboard and said, “Here, throw this around and…sing a song, and then…whoever’s holding it when the song ends loses, I guess? Now go play outside while Mommy finishes her grape juice.”
In my hands, Hot Potato became a sloppy, beautiful, and surprisingly dangerous hybrid between catch and karaoke. Fill a flask with your favorite hard alcohol, pick the chorus of a popular song, and have everyone sing that chorus while chucking the flask at each other. Whoever’s holding it when the chorus ends has to drink from the flask and pick the next chorus.
Preparation required: Low. All you need is a flask that can be sealed securely and a solid knowledge of ‘80s power ballads and Disney musicals.
Entertainment value: High. You’re throwing a metal flask at your friends’ faces while singing “Sk8er Boi” at the top of your lungs, which is exactly what I imagine Thomas Jefferson had in mind with his “pursuit of happiness” bit.
Drinking level: Moderate. We had ten people, with an average chorus lasting a minute, so you’re drinking max once every ten minutes. I had originally scored the drinking level for this game as “low,” but then realized I may have a slightly skewed understanding of what “low” means in this context. Draw your own conclusions.
Overall score: 8/10