This is so puzzling one can’t really make it up. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that:

Two students at Huddersfield University are said to have created Hitler – The Drinking Game, which involves laying out cards in a swastika shape and “leaves players completely ruined beyond belief”.

The group’s [Facebook page] currently has nearly 12,000 members and its creators label themselves as “Fuhrers” on the group’s information page.

The University of Huddersfield is 20,000-student university in Yorkshire, England. The actor Patrick Stewart is (oddly) the school’s chancellor.

Peter Slee, Huddersfield deputy vice-chancellor, said:

We are shocked to hear about this game, and extremely disturbed at the allegations that students at this university have been taking part in it.This is a highly unusual incident and the university prides itself on its multi-cultural, cohesive campus.

The group’s Facebook page, which has been shut down by the university, contained a disclaimer explaining that Hitler-the drinking game was just a drinking game: “This game, group and its creators in no way support, encourage or promote Adolf Hitler or the ideologies of the Nazi party.”

Adolph Hitler himself was actually a teetotaler, having sworn off alcohol for life following a bad hangover in 1905.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer