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Edward Fortyhands, sometimes known as “Edward Ciderhands” or “Edward Barrackhands” is a drinking game in which each player duct tapes a 40-ounce or 1.14 litre bottle of alcohol (usually malt liquor, but sometimes cider, scrumpy, or wine) to each of their hands and may not remove the tape until the drinks have been consumed. The name is an allusion to the movie Edward Scissorhands.
House rules differ as to whether one may finish and remove one bottle at a time, but before the alcohol in both hands has been completely ingested, the drinking party will typically need use of their hands to, for example, urinate or answer a phone call, so each participant has an incentive to finish their alcohol as quickly as possible. It can also be used as a "goal" for the game: to see who can abstain from these activities until they are finished with their drinks. In some versions, players are allowed to engage these activities so long as they can be accomplished with the alcohol still taped to their hands or if a friend is willing to help. Vomiting is sometimes considered a disqualification.
In popular culture
The game has appeared or been mentioned in several television series:
- The episode "The Mess" of The Mick.
- The episode "The Naked Truth" of How I Met Your Mother.
- The episode "Super Milo" of Men at Work.
- The episodes "Piss & Shit", "Dry Guys" and "Karl's Wedding" of Workaholics.
- The unaired pilot for Raising Hope on Comedy Central.
- The episode "Perfect Health" of Perfect Couples.
- A promo for Redneck Island on CMT.
- The episode "The Beer Mile" of The League.
- The episode "Hung Out to Dry" of CSI: NY.
- The episode "Adam Ruins College" of Adam Ruins Everything, representing the difficulty of paying off student loans.
- Premier episode "Kidding" on Showtime with Jim Carrey.
- The music video of song "Saintlike" by Jakey
- Season 1 Episode 12 of "Single Parents"
- Season 2 Episode 9 of "Cobra Kai" ("Pulpo")
Edward Fortyhands also appears in the book Gossip Girl The Carlyles: Take A Chance On Me.
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- Golder, Lindsay (2017-02-14). "The Mick blog: Mickey proves she's indestructible". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- Bowman, Donna (2011-09-19). "How I Met Your Mother: "The Best Man"/"The Naked Truth"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- Gallagher, Brian (2012-07-09). "SET VISIT: Men at Work Season 1 Finale with Danny Masterson". TVweb. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- "TV review: Workaholics". Columbus Alive. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- Robson, Shannon Vestal (2011-02-04). "Buzz In: Which NBC Comedy Killed It Last Night?". POPSUGAR Entertainment. PopSugar. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- Ziegesar, Cecily von (12 May 2009). Gossip Girl The Carlyles: Take A Chance On Me. Hachette UK.