A BRIEF HISTORY OF HASHING
Hashing originated in December 1938 in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or “hare and hounds”, to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included, Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius “G” Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick “Horse” Thomson, Ronald “Torch” Bennett and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert suggested the name “Hash House Harriers” after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers happened to live, known as the “Hash House” where they also dined. After the end of World War II in an attempt to organize the city of Kuala Lumpur, they were informed by the Registrar of Societies that as a “group,” they would require a constitution (seen below). Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would partake of beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.
To promote physical fitness among our members
To get rid of weekend hangovers
To acquire a good thirst and satisfy it in beer
To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Normally $7. Your second hash is on the house, gotta keep people coming back 🙂 $5 goes to the hare to pay for
expenses beer, $2 goes to the hash. Hash monies are used to fund things like haberdashery and events…if we ever collect enough.
RULES (there are no rules, only traditions)
1. No wasting piss
2. There is no rule #2
3. Safety third!
4. Mandatory shiggy and beer on trail (quantities to vary as necessary)
5. Respect each other and their boundaries. This rule is absolute and the entire culture of The Hash relies on strict adherence to this rule. Hashing was founded upon and is meant to get away from real life. This is why we give names. We accept all in good faith and expect the same in return.
6. Other common hash rules may be enacted upon.
7. Try to say “head” as many times as possible without being caught by Serialbater.
8. Fuck you, you fucking fucks.
Level 1: In-town trail over streets, sidewalks, stairs, city parks, etc.
Level 2: Urban, with some off-road, but no significant mud or water.
Level 3: Some ready-made paths but also some trailblazing through wooded areas and maybe some splashing through shallow water or mud.
Level 4: Mostly wooded trailblazing and/or swamp or water crossings that could be as high as an average guy’s waist. Swamp can range from murky black water to shoe-sucking, knee-high mud. Could include crawling through dense or thorny underbrush and obstacles such as fences, walls, mud, muck and possible hazards such as oyster shells and trash.
Level 5: Anything goes. Could include dense underbrush, briars/thorns, obstacles, shoe-sucking thigh-high mud, and water possibly above one’s head. In Level-5 shiggy, you should have a trail buddy with you at all times.
*This list was compiled lazily by cutting and pasting from multiple other hash kennels websites, and is almost 100% plagiarized