Punch buggy is a rather sadistic car ritual
, though also possibly the most entertaining
for the above reason.
Most simply, when a Volkswagen Bug
is spotted, the first person to shout out it's color earns the right to punch
somebody in the shoulder
But that's just the simple explanation
. Since it deals in pain
, there is a complex system of safeguards
to protect other passengers
. These are of coarse not set in stone, but pretty much follow the house rules
, (or car rules in our case).
In some cases all bets are off
, he who shouts the color gets to punch anybody. Sometimes you must say "punch buggy" before the color, or you don't earn the punch. It then goes to the somebody else who actually does say punch buggy.
For safety the driver
is usually protected from all punching
, at the expense that he may not punch anybody else. Though punches may be reserved
for after the car has stopped.
In other cases only those in the back seat
may punch, those in the front seat are excluded
from the game. For convenience
you may only be allowed to punch only whoever is sitting beside you.
After you say punch buggy, though before you punch, somebody may yell "Car safety", disallowing you to punch them. So you have to act fast. Others may just cross their fingers, which basically means the same thing, except they're vulnerable
again after they uncross them.
In some cases you don't need to identify
the color, just say "punch buggy". Or you might not need to say punch buggy, you just need to identify the color.
Some people don't even require
you see the bug itself, just say the color. This works with those who aren't thinking, or just getting used to the ritual:
"Hey look, a VW
"Huh, were? Was it yellow
"Uh, ya. it was yellow..."
"Oh good. Punch buggy yellow!" *Punch*
Please keep in mind Punch buggy is not as complex
as it sounds. There are just a hell of a lot of ways people play