Monopoly and Twister

RORY: He’s got Monopoly from every country in the world …

LORELAI: Remember he owns Twister – there’s a great visual awaiting you.

Monopoly, previously discussed. There are numerous international editions, well over a hundred.

Twister, previously mentioned. A game of physical skill played on a large plastic mat which is spread on the floor. The mat has six rows of large coloured circles on it with a different colour in each row: red, yellow, green, and blue. A spinner tells players where they have to place their hand or foot. The game promotes itself as “the game that ties you up in knots”.

It was developed for Milton Bradley, and originally called Pretzel before Milton Bradley changed its name. Twister became a success when actress Eva Gabor played it with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in 1966, but was also controversial, as the company was accused of selling “sex in a box” – it was the first well-known game where human bodies are used as the playing pieces. Twister was highly popular in the second half of the twentieth century.

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