Beer Pong Sickness     

Clemson University researchers tested
pingpong balls being used in beer pong
games across campus and discovered
teeming bacteria including that
dangerousforms such as salmonella,
listeria, e. Coli and staph on the balls.

In most versions of the popular game of
beer pong, players toss balls into
glasses of beer, then chug the brews.   
The reseach found the most extra
bacteria — 3 million of the organisms —
on balls being used in an outdoor beer
pong game. A ball used in a game
played on carpet had 200 bacteria on it.

In an in-lab test bacteria was put on
pingpong balls which were then put in a
glass of beer. The scientiets then found
a high level of transfer of the bacteria
from the ball to the beer.  The alcohol
in the beer did not kill the bacterial  
That may explain why some beer pong
participants get sick after playing.

Baseball Beer Bargins

Mets fans at New York's Citi Field shell out the most for a regular hot dog -- $6.25 a
pop. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Reds' watchers at Great American Ball Park can get a dog for
just a buck -- the cheapest of them all . So Cincinnati fans can get six franks for less than
the price of a single hot dog at Citi Field.  Meanwhile, thirsty fans pay the most at
Washington Nationals games -- where, unless they take advantage of a $5 drink special
before the first pitch, the cheapest beer available is a 16-ounce can for $8. For half that,
beer drinkers can get a 12-ounce draft at Cleveland Indians games. The best deal?
A 14-ounce beer for $4 at Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field.

Some stadiums offer unique food options to cater to local taste buds -- those items generally
carry even higher price tags. At Giants games, seafood lovers can enjoy an $8.75 bread
bowl of clam chowder or a $16.50 crab sandwich on San Francisco sourdough bread.
For those with a sweet tooth, the stadium offers a $10 Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae in
homage to San Francisco's famous Ghirardelli Square.

At Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers fans can buy a variety of fried options, including a $7
deep-fried red hot sausage on a stick and a $5 package of deep-fried peanuts.
Minnesota Twins fans can enjoy "state fair classics" like fried pickles ($7.50) and turkey
drumsticks ($9.75) at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, is home to a $26 monster of a hot dog
dubbed the "Boomstick," a 2-foot-long beef hot dog, smothered in chili, nacho cheese,
jalapenos and caramelized onions on a potato bun.   Some stadiums are trying to lure
more fans with lower food prices. At most stadiums, fans pay between $3 and $5 for a basic hot
dog and $5 to $7 for the cheapest beer -- for a total of $8 to $12. But at Arizona Diamondbacks'
ballpark, a 14-oz beer and a  hot dog costs just $5.50 -- less than a beer alone at other parks.
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world

                   Arsenic In Your Beer!

  Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that               
beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as
it's filtered to be sparkly clear. But researchers
in Germany recently reported that they've found arsenic
in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more
than twice that allowed in drinking water.

BeerNexus representatives checked in with experts
about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also
widely used in the wine industry, and discovered they
weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent
in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural
product that contains iron and other metals.  

There's no U.S. or European standard for arsenic in
foods. That has become an issue with arsenic in rice,
which has been found in some products in the United
States, including toddler formula and energy bars. So
there's no way of knowing if there's enough arsenic in
beer to pose a health risk.  Because of that the wine
industry has been moving away from using
diatomaceous earth and some beer producers now use
polyethylene filters, centrifuges and cross-flow
filtration, which doesn't use a filter medium at all.