Drink of the week: Goon of Fortune

So Saturday was Australia day – did you miss it? Well thanks to our Australian friend Jess, we definitely did not. Unlike America, the British basically just gave Australia its independence, but that didn’t stop the Australians from coming up with important Australia day traditions like making weird cakes and stringing up bags of Franzia. Wikipedia explains the latter, in a particularly head-scratching entry:

Goon of Fortune is an Australian drinking game between any number of individual people. The name of the game is a spoof on the TV show Wheel of Fortune.

“This game is based on popular game show wheel of fortune. 1 or more (depending on number of participants) goonsacks are pegged to a Hills Hoist and players sit under the perimeter of the clothes line. A mixture of red and white wines can be used if players are of expert level however only 1 variety is recommended for amateurs. A player spins the hills hoist to start the game and when the clothesline comes to rest the player/s under where the goonbag stopped must drink an amount of goon agreed upon before the commencement of the spin. Players are prohibited to impede the natural spin of the clothesline in any way [sic]. Penalties vary on surroundings.”

The quote is from a defunct website. You’re welcome.

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9 Responses to “Drink of the week: Goon of Fortune”

  1. timbo says:

    Sounds like a good time, but what American has one of those wacky rotary clothesline contraptions?

  2. Greg says:

    Looks like a game that should be played without clothes.

  3. uhg.. says:


    Australian Day does not celebrate Australia’s independence. It’s actually a celebration of the British extension, and addition of the eastern portions of Australia. Australia had some ties with the UK until the late 80′s as the privy council could still over rule courts in certain cases.


    • Nick Pal says:

      Thanks for the facts! My eyes glazed over as I was skimming the Wiki for Australia day. I edited to make it more ambiguous and thus slightly less wrong.