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Quidditch Pong Puts a Magical Spin on a College Tradition

Looking for a new way to cap off a Harry Potter movie-watching marathon? Quidditch Pong may be just what you need. The game resembles regular beer pong in the Muggle world, but with a wizardly twist that will make you want to buy an extra case of Butterbeer.

The Unofficial Quidditch Pong set comes with three Quidditch hoops, two Beater bats, and one Golden Snitch ball. Here’s how it works: First set up a long table and rack 10 plastic cups full of your favorite tasty beverage on each end, placing the Quidditch hoops between them. Place one "Snitch Cup" further away from the table.

Assemble two Hogwarts Houses made up of three players apiece and designate a Beater and a Seeker from each house. Teams take turns taking shots through hoops and drinking, while they also have the ability to cast "spells.” For example, if you say “Levicorpus,” then your opponent has to make his or her next shot while jumping in mid-air. The first house to make all their cups wins the match. Additionally, a team’s Seeker could win the game by sinking a shot with the Golden Snitch ball in the special "Snitch Cup."

The Unofficial Quidditch Pong Set retails for $37.99, and has already proven immensely popular (if you want to buy a set, there’s a waiting list). Sorry, Owl Post not available.

[h/t Mashable]

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A Restaurant In Australia Is Garnishing Its Margaritas With Frozen Eyeballs
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A cocktail special at a new restaurant in Australia has fallen under the global gaze thanks to its floating gaze. As Nerdist reports, Faro Tapas, a new Spanish eatery at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), offers a black margarita garnished with a frozen bull eyeball.

The frosty drink contains tequila, mezcal, lime, and charcoal (presumably for color). It's served in a glass with a black salted rim and the aforementioned toothpick-skewered peeper.

Gourmet Traveller recommends that those brave enough to sample Faro Tapas's bovine booze drink it quickly, as the eyeball's ice casing melts. (If you're willing to risk brain freeze to avoid eye mush, this sounds like a smart move.)

That said, adventurous drinkers with stomachs of steel might find Faro Tapas's eyeball-garnished margarita tame compared to the Yukon Territory's Sourtoe cocktail (it contains a dehydrated human toe) and countless other weird and wacky cocktails served up around the world. Bottoms (and eyeballs) up!

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Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
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The health benefits of wine can sometimes be overstated by people who are a few glasses deep and slurring their words. Should you ever find yourself in a position to defend your moderate imbibing, you have supporting evidence: A new study says two glasses of wine daily can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts of variables can influence the glymphatic system's operation, including trauma, stroke, and excessive alcohol intake.

But when researchers dosed the mice in the study with moderate alcohol—amounting to 2.6 drinks daily—the glymphatic system was more efficient, removing more waste and exhibiting less inflammation than the teetotaling control mice.

As is usually the case when it comes to booze, you can have too much of a good thing. When mice got the equivalent of 7.9 drinks daily, their glymphatic system grew sluggish until the overindulging was terminated.

"Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," lead study author Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a press statement. "This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

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