The Shark Week Drinking Game Is Here To Save Your Week

by Alex Gilman · August 2, 2011

You could say that it's been a slow entertainment week other than Shark Week, or you could say that it's been a slow entertainment week because of Shark Week. Samantha Ronson gets a DUI? Yawn. Taylor Lautner bought a new car? Wake us up when he drives it off a cliff. Nope, the only game in town is Discovery Channel, with their annual 7-day programming binge of ocean-bound nightmare fuel. Except, much like hardcore pornography, Shark Week has always been something we watch at home, alone, with no connection to the millions (sure, why not) of other people watching at the same time. Until now.

Introducing the Shark Week drinking game, which popped up on Reddit earlier this week. Though the creator of this outstanding document has yet to step forward to receive the public accolades (and/or spelling lesson) that he or she so richly deserves, they can certainly sit back with the satisfaction that only comes from fully indulging the creative impulse.

Yes, whether you're flipping out to the super slo-mo of a Great White going completely "airborn" [sic] or simply listening to the scientific analysis of an honest-to-goodness "shark expert," this drinking game seems to have all the necessary bases covered for you to get good and lit while watching the same five or six shows they've played for the last ten years.

So maybe tonight, grab yourself a few cold ones or whatever your adult beverage of choice is, and give this game a shot. After all, like Christmas, Shark Week only comes once a year.

And just for clarity's sake if the image is hard on your eyes, here are the official Shark Week Drinking Game Rules:

Anytime some is referred to as a "shark expert"- 2 sips

Begin drinking when any shark becomes airborn [sic], don't stop until it is all the way in the water.

Anyone speaks with an Australian accent - 1 sip

Someone gives advice on how to survive a shark attack- 2 sips

Anytime you hear the jaws theme music - 3 sips

Reenactment of an attack - 2 sips

Someone dies - finish your drink in their honor

Anyone gets submerged in a steel cage - 3 sips

You see a shark caught or trapped - 2 sips

[photo via, game via]