Edward Fortyhands

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A player with two bottles duct-taped to his hands

Edward Fortyhands, sometimes known as Edward Ciderhands, is a drinking game in which each player duct-tapes a 40-ounce or 1.14 liter 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.[1][2][3] The name is an allusion to the movie Edward Scissorhands. In the United Kingdom, the game is sometimes played with bottles of wine and is called Amy Winehands, an allusion to the British singer Amy Winehouse.[4]


The drinker needs to finish the drinks in order to remove the bottles. House rules differ as to whether one may finish and remove one bottle at a time. Because the drinkers typically need use of their hands, for example, to urinate or answer a phone call, participants have 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 the drinks are finished. Furthermore, in some versions players are allowed to engage these activities so long as they can be accomplished with the bottles still taped to their hands or if a friend is willing to help. Vomiting is sometimes considered a disqualification.

Often, the empty bottles are smashed together in a clapping motion, which can cause lacerations or bleeding of the hands if they break.

In popular culture[edit]

The game has appeared or been mentioned in several television series and other pop-culture contexts, most often in the United States:

The music video for the song "Saintlike" by Jakey features the game. American emo band Mom Jeans released a song named after the game on their 2016 album Best Buds.[10]

Edward Fortyhands also appears in the 2009 Annabelle Vestry novel Gossip Girl: The Carlyles – Take a Chance on Me.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Physical Challenge: Edward Forty Hands Archived 2008-12-14 at the Wayback Machine Liquor Snob. July 7, 2006. Accessed on December 20, 2007.
  2. ^ "Edward Fortyhands". Real Detroit Weekly. July 21, 2009. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ "The 7 Douchiest Theme Parties". Co-ed Magazine. August 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  4. ^ "The Tab".
  5. ^ Golder, Lindsay (14 February 2017). "The Mick blog: Mickey proves she's indestructible". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  6. ^ Gallagher, Brian (9 July 2012). "Set Visit: Men at Work Season 1 Finale with Danny Masterson". TVweb. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  7. ^ "TV review: Workaholics". Columbus Alive. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  8. ^ Robson, Shannon Vestal (4 February 2011). "Buzz In: Which NBC Comedy Killed It Last Night?". PopSugar. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  9. ^ Bowman, Donna (19 September 2011). "How I Met Your Mother: 'The Best Man'/'The Naked Truth'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "best buds, by Mom Jeans". Mom Jeans.
  11. ^ von Ziegesar, Cecily (12 May 2009). Gossip Girl: The Carlyles – Take a Chance on Me. Hachette UK.

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