Slug Bug is a game where you punch your friend/sibling/unfortunate victim when you see a Volkswagen Beetle. The rules are simple. If you see a Beetle, you shout out “Slug Bug!” and the color of the car and punch somebody in the arm. You can’t reuse the same Beetle, so there are no immediate retaliations (unless you happen to be driving past a Volkswagen dealership). Slug Bug is also known as Punch Buggy in some places, but Slug Bug is a better name because it has fewer syllables, it rhymes, and it rolls off the tongue. Slug Bug is a game that your parents don’t want you to play, but it was a rite of passage during adolescence. It teaches you to pay attention to your surroundings and to always be on guard. You might get bruised, but you still get toughened up. And that’s a damn good life lesson to learn early on.
Critically Rated at 13/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young