When College Students Invent: The Case of Beer Bongs

Every year, I teach the production possibility frontier in terms of the two outputs that students can produce-fun and learning. To introduce technical progress, I ask for examples, first sector-specific progress, then general improvements in technology.

This year’s students came up with an example of technical progress in the fun sector-the beer bong. Apparently students attach a funnel to a keg of beer, attach a tube to the funnel and are able to ingest more beer more rapidly than before. Unfortunately, I guess this does increase “fun,” at least as defined by some students. It enables them to get drunk more rapidly, releasing time for learning (assuming they can sober up quickly)!

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  1. Tank says:

    Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, professor.

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  2. Bongs away. says:

    Someone should invent a Tea bong to funnel knowledge more quickly into their Party’s thick skulls.

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  3. Bong Along says:

    How would you attach a funnel to a keg? If that kind of bong exists, why have I been wasting my time with single beers?!

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  4. Megan says:

    You don’t attach a funnel to a keg. You attach a tube to a funnel, put the tube in your mouth/throat, and pour beer into the funnel. The idea is that you hardly have to swallow. While disgusting, it’s not surprising college kids are stoked about it.

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  5. Steve S. says:

    Some bars offer discounts for “shotgunned” beers (when you drink beer from a can AND with a selfmade hole somewhere on the side of the can). Despite this incentive (the reduced price), people still shy away from the practice. Not sure why, as it can also release some time to be allocated toward studying.

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  6. Dude says:

    lol, the device you describe is not what that term refers to. It refers to an equally idiotic device, but definitely not this one.

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  7. frankenduf says:

    i think lager goggles are more metabolically interesting!?

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  8. Liz says:

    Sorry, Professor–generally, beer bongs (or just funnels, in some areas) aren’t attached to a keg. It’s just a funnel, a tube, and some sort of fastener (I’ve seen everything from duct tape to hair scrunchies used). You can buy the materials at any home improvement store and make your own, or you can buy a premade one at stores like Spenser’s Gifts, or win one at carnivals/boardwalks/etc.

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