Beer Pong Balls Teeming With Germs
Clemson students uncover the gross truth
By Michael Franco, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
Watch those germs.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – It turns out that college kids aren’t the only party animals that show up for games of beer pong: Bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, staph, and e. Coli get in on the fun, too. Those are the findings from a group of Clemson University students who studied the pingpong balls used in games and found up to 3 million germs on them, reports the AP via the Houston Chronicle. And yes, lots of those germs ended up in the beer when dunked. "Ninety percent of bacteria are probably harmless, but by virtue of sheer numbers, you're taking a chance of getting sick," says the prof in charge of the study.

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Apr 23, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
Was sitting at a bar in Vegas watching college kids play Beer Pong at about 10 AM on a Saturday.....asked the bartender if it is an alcohol solution I see them dipping the ball into after it lands on the ground (Vegas barroom keep in mind) before they toss it back into a cup of beer they will be drinking soon. "Nope, just water" he said.....I about choked thinking about that.
Apr 22, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
If you need to play some stupid game to get loaded you're not serious about it.
Apr 21, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
Simple solution, don't use watered down beer like Bud...get some higher alcohol content beer