Whatís a bargument? Itís the kind of argument youíre bound to have in a bar Ė one over sports or TV or odd dilemmas people only contemplate with drinks in their hands. (Example: Would you rather give up email or salt?)
First, some rules:
You canít be proven right or wrong in a bargument.
"Which quarterback threw the most Super Bowl interceptions" may qualify as a great sports trivia question, but itís not a bargument. This is: "Who would you rather face in a bar fight: a quarterback or a pitcher?"
Barguments canít be a buzz kill. So no barguments about poverty or war, unless itís a pretend war between wolves and monkeys.
And barguments shouldnít be too complex. A good rule of thumb: If you canít debate it after three beers, itís not a bargument.
Where to find barguments? Well, thereís this site of course. The Barguments book also has hundreds of them, and you can order a copy here.
But youíre bound to find some great ones down at your neighborhood bar. (In fact, why donít you turn off your computer and head there now.) When you do encounter that gem of a bargument, please share. Submit your own bargument here.
If itís good, weíll post it. If itís great, weíll try to get another book deal out of it.
About the guys behind Barguments
Doug Hanks, author of Barguments and chief barguer at barguments.com
Doug and his friends started creating barguments during long winters in his hometown of Oxford, Md. How long were the winters? Long enough that Doug didn't mind spending an entire Friday night debating whether a lion could beat a bear in a fight. (He picks the lion.)
Doug lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, writes for The Miami Herald, and likes testing out new barguments on his 23-foot sailboat, Nell.
Eric Abell, Barguments collaborator, commentator and enabler.
Many of the original barguments came to life on Eric's boat in Oxford, thanks in part to plenty of cold Budweiser ten-ounce cans. His specialty: barguments involving hypothetical finger amputations.
Eric lives in Oxford with his wife, Jane, and their sons, Will and Miles. He owns a home-buiding company and insists the bear would win.