Remember when you were a kid, and you were playing around with your drinking glass or sippy cup… and your mom would invariably chastise you, suggesting that you might spill your drink or drop your glass and break it, and what trouble you would experience should that happen…
Well, today, people are playing with their drinking cups as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. Let me show you some examples.
Apparently this was all started by singer Anna Kendrick, who did some percussive work with plastic cups as part of a song called “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Take a look.
Of course, if you’re a fan of the Pitch Perfect movie (and who isn’t?), you recognize Anna Kendrick doing that song – with a cup – in the movie.
Apparently that technique of bouncing and slapping a cup as a percussive instrument has spread on social media.
Let’s start with Kenzie Nimmo and Harris Heller, who use plastic cups as percussion for an interpretation of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble.” Or, as one might put it, “Trouble with Cups.”
Here’s another one. Sarah Stone, using one red Solo cup and a lot of moxie, does her version of Lorde’s “Royals” song. Or, to put it mildly, “Royals with Cups.”
Okay, that was kinda fun.
Now how about some self-balancing cups? A German artisan has created balancing cups – they’re out of kilter when they have no liquid in them, but pour some water into these vessels and voila – they balance nicely.
Another little trick by inventive YouTubers is to stare into the camera and toss a cup over their shoulder into a pre-determined target – and keep a straight face as the cup lands precisely in that spot. Check out these examples from “The Skills Guy” Joe Charmin.
Here’s another example, this one is by “Ty the Trick Shot Guy.” I’d be more curious to see the footage from these guys that DIDN’T make the final cut, i.e., the 75,000 times the cups didn’t land properly and the barnyard expletives that flowed afterward.
One more fun with cup trick. Way back in ancient times, we would take two plastic cups and run a string between them, making our own little person-to-person telephones. Well, these YouTubers decided to take two solo cups and about 1,000 feet of string … and attempt to produce the longest successful “cup phone” ever made. Do they achieve success? You tell me.
Of course, there’s one feature that these solo cups are best used for… and you know what that is, don’tcha?