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June 20, 2006


I get some of my best ideas playing Tiddlywinks, the rousing parlour game that was spawned in England in 1889 and which then enjoyed 10 years of raging prominence.

Tiddlywinks_from_lee_valley_1Yes, you can relive the glory of the Gay Nineties by buying your own version of the game (only $11.95 at Lee Valley Tools).  Those multi-coloured plastic discs will give you hours of thumb-numbing pleasure.  Tiddlywinks are non-electronic, wholesome, even rustic.  The cure for rainy day boredom.  Or everyday stress.  Or negative emotion of any kind.  Who can be low-spirited with a set of Tiddlywinks in her pocket?  Who can fail to win appreciation in any setting when she knows she's the owner of a regulation edition of winks?  Who cannot manage a wry smile in the worst of home repair emergencies -- such as I am having right now with my septic system -- when she knows that at the end of the day, she'll be fondling her winks with strategic aplomb?


Unedited Meat

I think Kerplunk might be the great great grandson of TiddlyWinks.... also non-electric and wholesome... although a bit over the top... but who isnt nowadays...

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