The Wonders of the Universe Drinking game rules!

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…

55 Responses to The Wonders of the Universe Drinking game rules!

  1. Fibularis says:

    ‘Arrow of Time’ = bottle of vodka down in one. I fear I may ‘violently collapse into a black hole’. Hic! Things start to make more sense though.

  2. JamieDMJ says:


  3. nullifidian says:

    I think for the sake of being somewhat responsible, multiples of “billion”, etc. should be taken as one…

  4. Emily says:

    1 finger whenever Brian crouches down and gazes wistfully at something!

  5. 2 fingers for a dramatic, wind-swept close-up! *puts 999 on speed dial*

  6. Sian says:

    “I want one”

  7. Karohemd says:

    I’m so glad I didn’t take part, I would have had alcohol poisoning…

  8. Jo Brodie says:

    Does a drinking game require that drinks are drunk only when the presenter says something specific or can it include “whenever the music soars dramatically…” and “whenever diagrams are used to illustrate a point”?

  9. Carolann says:

    1 glug when he says “astonishing”

  10. Kristin says:

    Definitely bookmarking this for when I do the blu-ray Wonders marathon nerdfest.

  11. JamieDMJ says:

    2 fingers for any mention of the end of the universe?

  12. Dave says:

    Whenever the word beautiful is used, I’m sure it’s his favourite adjective.

  13. myorangecrush says:

    I think ‘profound’ and ‘evolution’ need to be up there as well, but I feel we’d all get drunk very very quickly.

  14. Rob says:

    2 fingers whenever la Cox draws in the sand with a stick

  15. Other Pete says:

    Double your shot if the word’s used in the context of *informing* us how we should feel.

  16. Fee says:

    1 finger if he’s smiling enthusiasticly.

    Oh, my poor liver.

  17. Spidey says:

    One drink for every change of outfit.

  18. `The Bowie Rule`

    One must drink constantly upon hearing a David Bowie song, without taking a breath until the song is finished.

  19. I think shots of the surface of the sun should be one finger.

  20. tinycheese says:

    can we have a “down in one” every time he is in some exotic location for no real reason? (ie: in brazil just to draw on walls?)

  21. claire says:

    Any excuse for a
    Finger night is good enough for me!! Sunday nights isn’t the best night for a drinking night however!! Work in the morning – 50 people to talk to *AAAAGGGHHHHH

  22. Kaz says:

    Profoundly Superb, :> now all we need is a edit on curing hangovers from the prof and we will be sorted lol

  23. One finger for lens flare.

  24. Maddie says:

    Take a sip/ one finger/ down a shot at every change of location, two if it involves going half way round the world in a single step (Nepal to Brazil).

  25. Jim says:

    For all the time he is holding a rock/stone/meteorite, drink.

    If he uses said rock in a diagram for something take 2 extra fingers

  26. Jane says:

    One shot when something blows up and 2 when he just walks away.

    We may have an alcohol shortage soon.

  27. famoustonyvegas says:

    1 finger for any mention of building blocks.

  28. Lou Fairclough says:

    Can we please have ‘Majestic’ up there? I love how the Prof says it.

  29. Well we need something for whenever the shot lingers lovingly on Brian in his black leather boots. It’s getting a bit like Nigella. Maybe a strong cup of coffee.

  30. blackwatertown says:


  31. dannorcott says:

    He does like to say “Cosmos” too, presumably in a nod to his quality forebear.

  32. What Spidey said.

    Also, a finger for every time we see shots of the Prof looking at something rather than shots of the things he’s looking at?

  33. Andy Carling says:

    I propose:

    A drink every time he changes continent in adjacent shots.

  34. TRT says:

    Damn, I’ve run out of Vimto already.

  35. Jane says:

    We should be drinking cider (of a particular variety of apples) should we not?

  36. Skyblue92 says:

    3 fingers everytime they turn down the music

  37. mrchattaway says:

    Love this…will introduce friends to it, although Monday hangover may be bad.
    Also 1 finger for:
    2 fingers for:
    Explaining how the universe is going to die
    Finish the drink for:
    Smiling while explaining how the universe is going to die

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  39. worcspaul says:

    Perhaps extend this to include anything BC appears in. A “bobby-drink” of 500ml of water or tomato juice if any of the following are mentioned: astrology, 2012, “supermoon”.

  40. worcspaul says:

    That shouldn’t said booby-drink!

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  45. Sarev says:

    A pint for any sentence ending in “indeed”.

  46. Reblogged this on Elisabeth Hobbes and commented:
    I love Brian Cox and it is a continual disappointment to me that, despite driving past Jodrell Bank twice a day, three times a week, I’ve not yet bumped into him.
    Maybe as I’m driving that is a good thing.

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