On May 3rd 1966, the game called “Twister,” was featured on, "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
Twister is a game of physical skill produced by Milton Bradley Company and Winning Moves.
It is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat has four rows of large colored circles on it with a different color in each row: red, yellow, blue and green.
A spinner is attached to a square board and is used to determine where the player has to put their hand or foot. The spinner is divided into four labeled sections: right foot left foot, right hand and left hand.
Each of those four sections is divided into the four colors (red, yellow, blue and green). After spinning, the combination is called (for example: "right hand on yellow") and players must move their matching hand or foot to a circle of the correct color.
In a two-player game, no two people can have a hand or foot on the same circle; the rules are different for more players. Due to the scarcity of colored circles, players will often be required to put themselves in unlikely or precarious positions, eventually causing someone to fall.
A person is eliminated when they fall or when their elbow or knee touches the mat. There is no limit to how many can play at once, but more than four is a tight fit.
Twister was submitted for patent by Charles F. Foley and Neil Rabens in 1966, and became a success when Eva Gabor played it with Johnny Carson on television's The Tonight Show on May 3, 1966.
However, in its success, Twister was also controversial. The company that produced the game, Milton Bradley, was accused by its competitors of selling "sex in a box" that accusation was probably because Twister was the first popular American game to use human bodies as playing pieces.
Twister was very popular with both children and adults because the game needed both skill and action. In 1987, a record-breaking 4,160 people tied themselves up in knots playing a Twister marathon at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Even to this day it is still popular with college students as they make a nice addition to parties.
The world record for the largest game of Twister took place on 30th April 2007, where over one hundred people turned up and two hundred Twister mats were used. As more people lost, mats were removed until eventually it was the last five people on one mat. The game was a tie between two people as they fell at the same time.
In lieu of today’s story, when I was a kid growing up I never really got to play the game called Twister. The neighbors across our street had the game, and had invited me to watch them play, but all I got to do was spin the dial.
I have very limber finger out of it, but today the perfect way to celebrate this day is to let the inner child in you explore a game that you enjoy doing not necessarily Twister, but find a game that you truly enjoy and have fun doing it today!
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