Have you ever played Twister? You know – the game that has (typically) a vinyl sheet with different colored round dots of four different colors on it, a spinner with the four colors as well as where to put a hand or a foot, and then someone is calling out “Left hand blue!” or “Right hand goes on red!” Then all of the players are scrambling, trying to figure out where there is a colored dot free that they can twist their body into a pose that will allow them to stay standing. Think about the first time you played the game. Was it innocent? Funny? What did it make you feel like?
An article from Mental Floss on the history of Twister conjured up some memories of junior high and Twister (as well as the last time I played – which was about a year ago). I remember vaguely my mom telling me about playing the game, but I had no clue that the popularity of the game may be due to Johnny Carson. The same year that the original Tonight Show host featured Twister, then brand new, Milton Bradley sold over 3 million copies of the game
The name of Twister was originally King’s Footsie – and then Pretzel (which the creator wishes the game would have been named as he felt that it described the game significantly better than “Twister”). At first Twister made some Milton Bradley executives uncomfortable with the game’s “sexual undercurrent” (hey, it had the players tangled up in each other, and likely falling down alone or on each other). When the game was gathering dust, the fateful Tonight Show incident occurred. In fact, as Milton Bradley tried to show a more clean, family image of Twister, a competitor of the game claimed that it was “sex in a box.”
If it’s “sex in a box”, why aren’t there more games of Twister sold at sex toy parties or in marriage counseling? While I think it’s a silly game, I see Twister causing more giggles in my life than sex (but that may be due to the people I’d play it with – and if it was at my house, there’d probably be a dog trying to lay on the edge or barking to go outside mid-game).
Do you think that Twister is truly “sex in a box?” Would you suggest it as a flirtation device?
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