18 ‘Boggle’-ing Facts About Board Games

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18 ‘Boggle’-ing Facts About Board Games

18 ‘Boggle’-ing Facts About Board Games

1) In the game Boggle, letters F and K only appear once, on the same cube, to eliminate the possibility of a certain swear word (that starts and ends in the same letters as firetruck) being played.

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2) Candy Land the game was involved in a lawsuit during the 1990s internet boom, when a pornographic company tried to use the name for their website, candyland.com.  The board game won the rights and the website had to thankfully change their name.

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3) Mathematically speaking, it is possibly for the person who goes first in Connect Four can win 100% of the time.

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4) The game Cranium was the first non-coffee product to be sold at Starbucks, in addition to being the first game sold on Amazon and at Barnes and Nobles.

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5) Think you didn’t know any Swahili? Think again, cause Jenga is the Swahili word for “to build.”

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6) In Monopoly, the character depicted in Jail is named Jake the Jailbird.

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7) The game pieces were inspired by charms on creator Charles Darrow’s niece’s charm bracelet.

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8) The patient in Operation is named Cavity Sam.

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9) A convicted murderer was once allowed a retrial, since four of the jurors used a Ouija board to

determine his guilt.

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10) Musician Alice Cooper developed his stage name after a Ouija board once told him he was the

reincarnation of a 17th century witch.

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11) The two highest scoring words in Scrabble, assuming the bonus tiles add up, are

NETZAHUALCOYOTL and CZECHOSLOVAKIAN.

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12) Trivial Pursuit was invented by two journalists in 45 minutes after seeing how expensive a scrabble

set was to purchase.

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13) Scrabble is recognized as an official sport in many African Countries, like Senegal and Mali.

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14) In the game Clue, Miss Scarlett was originally an Asian woman.  In 1996, they decided to change her

to a caucasian female.

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15) Remember that McDonalds Monopoly game? Turns out it was rigged, and the company McDonalds

hired to make the game kept all the best pieces and prizes for themselves.

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16) Chutes and Ladders was originally made in the 19th century in India, as a way to teach children

about Karma.

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17) Erno Rubik, Hungarian sculptor and inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, originally solve the first cube in

over a month.

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18) The game Parcheesi used to be played in India with slaves representing the pieces.

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And now, check out these movies based on board games.

 

Related topics board games, boggle, clue, jenga, monopoly, rubik's, scrabble
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