Today is a special day for beer lovers. Not because it is a day about great beer, but because it is a challenge involving beer. For today, 4/24, is Newman’s Day. The day is rumored to have started because of a quote by the late beer-loving actor Paul Newman in a speech to college students: “24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not!” Although the actor himself did not approve of the tradition, Newman’s Day has grown to have quite a strong following, especially at Princeton University and Bates College, where students have been rising to the challenge for decades.
The basic rules for completing a Newman’s Day are as follows:
- You must consume 24 beers in the 24 hour between 12:00am and 11:59pm on April 24th.
- One beer should be consumed each hour.
- You are not allowed to sleep at all during this time. If you sleep, your beer count is reset.
- You are not allowed to boot at all during this time. If you boot, your beer count is reset.
- The use of stimulants such as caffeine is strongly discouraged.
- You must proceed with your normal daily activities. If you work, got to work. If you have classes, go to class. In fact any schedule activity must be intended and you must function as though you are a normal person not insane enough to attempt a Newman’s Day.
Good luck to those participating! Having completed three Newman’s Days myself, I can tell you it was hell of a lot of fun. And if you’ve never tried it, why not plan on doing it next year? Next April 24th is a Friday…won’t that be fun?