Albert Camus ‘Neknominated Simone de Beauvoir to down a pint of Stella on the Champs-Elysees wearing only a bathing costume’

A local researcher explained today that ‘New papers found in Normandy reveal that the drinking game neknominate was invented by the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre to prove that man is condemned to be free and faces a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of a meaningless world. To confirm this view, he challenged Albert Camus to drink 3 litres of Kronenbourg whilst wearing a tutu in the Cafe de la Nouvella Mairie. Camus was delighted, feeling that this showed the power of dualism in the Absurd, and that only by humiliating himself in his regular drinking establishment could he begin to feel truly happy. He then asked Simone de Beauvoir to drink a similar amount of alcohol on the most famous street in Paris wearing only a red swimsuit. She took up the challenge, believing it would prove that a woman is as capable in choice as a man, and can therefore reach transcendence, where you take responsibility for yourself and the world and where one chooses freedom. However, here the game reached a stumbling block. Attempts to neknominate Ernest Hemingway were quite literally torpedoed by the German U-Boat blockade of the Atlantic. George Orwell responded to his challenge by disdainfully suggesting the game was both a cause and a symptom of the growth of Nazi totalitarianism in French society. It finally petered out when Stalin tried to blame the death of Trotsky in Mexico on a neknominate prank from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn which went badly wrong.’

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