Duke law school alumnus rants, entertains with his Web site

Theresa Edwards

He beat up a mascot at a hockey game and crashed a car into a doughnut shop.

He makes fun of overweight women, has sexual encounters with attractive ones and insults anyone on the terms that they’re trying to be someone they’re not.

But this is not who Tucker Max is. This is what Tucker Max does.

Tucker Max is Tucker Max, a point he tries to get across on his Web site, www.tuckermax.com, where he recounts stories of his night life escapades.

“The whole point of my rants is that the cool people are the ones who are themselves,” Max said.

The 30-year-old Duke law school alumnus just moved to New York City and makes his living from his site and his two books. His third and newest book, “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,” will be released Jan. 3.

Max’s stories deal heavily with alcohol and sex, which have garnered him a large following amongst college students, including those at Kent State.

David Rohrich, junior business management major, has been a fan of Max’s for about two years. He found his site while surfing the Web.

Rohrich and his friends liked Max’s ideas and put them to use for their own benefit.

“He just has some really sweet ideas and truly knows how to party,” Rohrich said.

Tucker Death Mix is a favorite of Rohrich and his friends.

The death mix is a mixed drink consisting of a liter of Everclear, a quart of Gatorade and a can of Red Bull.

People ask Rohrich about the Tucker Death Mix when they make it, he said, and he gives them the background.

In Max’s “The UT Weekend” story, he poured this mixed drink into his Camelbak and took it to a homecoming football game at the University of Tennessee.

Max said it’s flattering that people want to be like him, but these students are missing the point.

“What you take from the stories, apart from the humor, is a larger message,” he said. “People should be themselves and should live their lives the way that they want to and the way that makes them happy instead of being just another robot or just another collection of things the parents have told them to be.”

But Rohrich said he and his friends are not copying him, they just use his ideas.

Rohrich and his friends also bought a breathalyzer.

Max bought a breathalyzer himself and outlined the details of the night in “The Famous ‘Sushi Pants’ Story” where he took the breathalyzer to a bar and riled everyone into a frenzy competing for the highest blood alcohol content.

Before Max vomited at the end of the night, he was blowing a .22.

When Rohrich and his friends bought the breathalyzer, they also bought a bottle of King of Spirits Gold Absinthe. He said the five of them drank the bottle quickly.

“We didn’t notice the effects at first, but as the night went on, we started seeing halos around anything that gave off light,” he said.

They blew anywhere from .15 to .25 when a few of them decided to go to the bars.

Then, they lost one of their friends who, they discovered later, took about three hours to wander to his house in Brimfield. Rohrich said when they finally got a hold of him, they had to tell him his car got towed.

Rohrich likes to read Max’s stories and finds them entertaining.

“I think everyone has some stories like Tucker’s. That’s what makes the site so appealing,” he said.

The site began as a bet in law school for Max when a female friend bet him he wouldn’t put up a Web site with an application to date him.

The original dating application can be found on his site along with the new hook-up application. Max is no longer looking for a girlfriend as he said on his site, “All I really want (right now, at least) is have sex with girls that I find attractive.”

Jamie LaPlant, senior criminal justice major, saw Max on MTV when the channel ran a special about him in 2003.

He enjoys Max’s stories, but said he hasn’t gone as far as buying a breathalyzer or Camelbak.

“It’s just kind of funny how he can act this way and get away with it like not many people do,” he said.

Last weekend, Max spoke to students at Cornell University, and while there, he covered this subject.

He said he can tell from the e-mails he gets that his readers think he’s out every night with Tucker Death Mix in one hand, a breathalyzer in the other, cursing overweight girls. But he says that’s absurd.

“I have had those nights, but it is not who I am,” he said during the speech.

He’s actually drank the death mix about 10 times total, and he’s only used the breathalyzer once. He said the death mix is terrible, and he only drinks it when he wants to wake up in a strange place rolling around in his vomit.

Max admits to making fun of overweight girls all the time, but he said he doesn’t take it to the extreme.

“It takes a very obnoxious and deserving fat ass to get me to light her up,” he said. “I don’t just walk around yelling at everyone I meet.”

He gets e-mails all the time saying people act like him and do what he does to try to be cool, but it all comes down to stereotypes.

“I make fun of a type of personality,” he told the Stater. “I make fun of posers. I make fun of people that represent some sort of falseness.”

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