The Brian Cox Drinking Game – Stargazing live edition

January 8, 2013

This is an updated of the original, “popular-yet-disasterous” Wonders of the Universe drinking game


Take 1 finger of drink when Prof Cox says:

Brian Cox and the Lovell Telescope look wistfully at something

  • “Millions*”
  • Stelliferous
  • Any reference to British weather being crap for Astronomy.
  • Chandrasekhar limit
  • When ever Brian shouts at us from a moving vehicle. (Double for a flying vehicle – h/t @Markgfh)
  • Whenever you see time lapse footage of the sky or clouds (like this) – h/t @MrMMarsh
  • Brian Cox points meaningfully at anything
  • SETI
  • “Kepler”
  • “Curiosity”
  • “Exoplanet”
  • Any failure to operate overly complicated set (massive touch screens, etc)

Take 2 fingers of drink for:

  • “Billions*”
  • Any mention of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Any use of props (like salt and pepper shakers) or drawing in the sand with a stick (ht Rob and @carolwhead)
  • Any snark levelled at homeopaths, astrologers, moon-landing deniers, etc
  • “Black Hole”
  • Heat Death

Take 3 fingers of drink for:

Finish your drink whenever you see Brian in silhouette up a mountain somewhere.


* The more conservative ethanol-enthusiasts out there may like to take advantage of a modification suggested in the comments by @Nullifidian whereby each mention of million/billion/trillion in a row be counted as a single occurrence – eg “one billion billion billion billionth” would count as 2 fingers of drink, not 8.

Tip o’the hat to @fibularis , @imascientist & @KashFarooq for other (original) ideas.

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The Wonders of the Universe Drinking game rules!

March 6, 2011

Jusht Cuz.


Stop Press: Apparently Prof Cox is aware of the drinking game. So by not participating, not only will you be letting yourself down, you’ll be letting him down too. Do it. You know it makes sense.


Take 1 finger of drink when Prof Cox says:

Take 2 fingers of drink for:

  • “Billions*”
  • 2nd law of thermodynamics
  • Any use of props (like salt and pepper shakers) or drawing in the sand with a stick (ht Rob and @carolwhead)

Take 3 fingers of drink for:

Half-a-pint for:

  • “Wonders”
  • “Scientific explanation”

Finish your drink whenever you see Brian in silhouette up a mountain somewhere.


* The more conservative ethanol-enthusiasts out there may like to take advantage of a modification suggested in the comments by @Nullifidian whereby each mention of million/billion/trillion in a row be counted as a single occurrence – eg “one billion billion billion billionth” would count as 2 fingers of drink, not 8. Either way, you can blame @Kashfarooq for the original rule :).

Tip o’the hat to @fibularis and @imascientist for other ideas.


Add more below and I’ll add them to the list…


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