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Me and the missus were at London Zoo the other day. We invented a great game called "Spot the Paedo." We counted about 8 single men with suspicious facial hair before the end of the day. What games have you made up on the spot to play with your friends?

(, Mon 29 Mar 2004, 15:50)
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Usually played whilst drunk...
Pass The Punch
Sitting in a cirlce (in a pub) gently punch the person next to you in the jaw.. they pass it on to the next person.. getting harder and harder until someone falls off their seat.

Pass On
Whilst eating something (anything), the person shouts "Pass on". The something is then passed mouth to mouth from one person to the next - with the last person receiving it having to swallow it.
(, Wed 31 Mar 2004, 0:09, Reply)
The Laboratory Ice Bucket Challenge
Everyone sticks a finger in a bucket of iced water, and the one who can stand it longest wins.
It's a test of stubbornness in the face of pointless discomfort - good training for a life in scientific research.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 23:47, Reply)
Reverse I-Spy
"I spy with, my little eye, something beginning, ending and having a middle of Window."

Answer - "W"

Surprising longevity.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 23:33, Reply)
Classic Car Games
We always used to find great games to play - some absolute classics have turned up during boring times during car journeys.

The Classic game is Bob-Barry. Deceptively simple, it's played between two people with each person taking turns to say "Bob" until someone says "Barry" and wins. The idea is not just to blurt out a Barry but to pre-empt your opponent and make victory all the sweeter.

Two sub-games also evolved - the Cornflakes game, where you say Cornflakes repeatedly until someone accidentally says the name of a country and loses; and The Waiting Game, where (shock! horror!) you banter back and forth with the word "waiting" until someone accidentally lets slip the name of a Third World dictator. It's also great fun to convince people that the word cornflakes is psychologically associated with geography and thus the game is a big scientific experiment. New people quickly catch on.

If you're bored, you can just go for Car, Car, Van (I was never that good at naming things), which involves driving along and announcing every car you see with "car". Vans are special and must be shouted. Mini-buses and other transport paraphenalia get greated to large shouts and cheers. Obviously whoever pronounces the object first is much better than everyone else.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 22:58, Reply)
You might know this one...
Crank the Funtwhistle?
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 22:38, Reply)
Car Journey Poker
I-Spy meets Poker on a long and tedious journey - like the motoway to Cornwall in the summer.

Many variations but the basic premise is to gather pairs, three of a kinds etc of cars, makes, lorrys or whatever.

So for example - Two VW golfs would be a pair as long as they're within view at the same time and will earn you a point. Three Corsas and so on. Best are flushes of a certain make - say you can see a Fiesta, an Escort, an Orion, a Scorpio and Transit - that my friend is a high score (make up your own arbitary scores...)

Or lookalike cars - like a Sharan, Galaxy and the Seat one.

Car transporters are not allowed - far to easy - nor are vehicles on the other carriageway. Or Eddie Stobart Trucks. Cos they're poo.


Motorway Acronyms.

Try to think of funny acronyms based on the three letters on pre 51/01 number plates. Hence AYA becomes Anal Yogurt Attack.

Hilarity surely ensues....
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 22:21, Reply)
I play a game called "Spot the Englishman"....
During a game of Arsenal v Chelsea.

*attempts to grab coat, but is attacked by Russian Mafia*
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 22:06, Reply)
Fat or Pregnant
Was something that me and others play whilst waiting for patients.

Clock the waiting room, and see - is the woman carrying a 35 week gone sproglet, or is she just perversely rotund?
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 21:41, Reply)
Tally the catchphrase
Ever had a teacher/coworker etc. who overused a certain phrase? In university I had an English professor who could not get through a lecture without saying "microcosm" or "part and parcel" or a number of other phrases not used by normal people. A friend and I used to keep a jotted total of each utterance. You might try this today with anyone who "touches base" or "makes no mistake" or even someone who says "like" or "uh..." too often.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 21:39, Reply)
oh yeah random words,
we work in a call center and on quiet evenings we play random words, someone suggests a word (the stranger the better) and we have to try to get into the call. The winner has to choose the next word,and so on. The best word ever was marzipan, sorry again if other people play this, we also do it with bands names and song titles!
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 21:05, Reply)
Car points...
For years my Mum and I used to spot pedestrians and say (for example)Mother with pram, 10 points, blind man 20 points, blind man with stick and dog 25 points, cyclist 5 points, as those are the points you'd get if you'd knocked them down, i still do this when driving and girlfriends tend to look at me a bit strange if we pass two grannies on a pedestrian crossing and I just shout out 40 points.
Als that Galaxy 105 game 'Oss(apologies if its been mentioned before!) (where you have to shour Oss if you spot a horse) is addictive, my bro and his mates played it on their stateside road trip, and now we play it whenever we go anywhere......only thing is I start shouting 'Oss when i'm in a car on my own....that and the 10 ft moose/fox as well, where you see the back of a girl from 10ft (or however far away) and have to guess if she's a moose or a fox. All good fun!
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 21:00, Reply)
about this....
quote/ Just thought of another: dial a random number and ask for dave or steve or someone. when they tell you its a wrong number start crying.
say "oh you'll do, what shall we talk about?"
whoever stays on the line longest wins.
I did this and dave was there... freaked the hell outta me. really.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:55, Reply)
Counting Scallies
Yeah thats right. Scallies in Liverpool town centre, in *Lacoste* shell suits in all the colours of the f()ckin rainbow. Blue, yellow, purple, bright red... oh my God.
Bonus points if the culprit is wearing velcro lacoste shoes, socks over trousers or hands down pants.

Edit: And the look on their faces when I would look at them and say," One hundred and seventy-four."
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:42, Reply)
just one more
my brother and i noted one time while out shopping, that women with babies in prams or buggies or whatnot think they're better than everybody. if there's a tight gap through which only one person can squeeze (assuming you're coming in the opposite direction), then they'll just insist on going first, like the fact that they've had a child gives them a right to go first. so, my brother and i started a game where if you're caught in such a situation, you don't allow the buggy to go first, instead you barge through, acccompanied by a loud shout of "ME FIRST!". if you don't say "me first" it doesn't count. it's hilarious, though i find i can rarely score a point coz i'm laughing too hard.
sorry if i offend any parents with young children, but you shouldn't use your kids as a human shield, allowing you to go first. it doesn't work that way.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:29, Reply)
Hairgrip Challenge
I used to work in Index, with a girl who wore more hairgrips than the average person should. Ed and I invented a game whereby we earned points stealing said hairgrips. This game went on until we were told to 'stop buggering about and do some work for once' or the girl tried to administer a kicking.

We all left Index ('cept for ed) and when we all came back this girl had big dreads like the Predator and no hairgrips... spoiled our fun that did.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:25, Reply)
jack frost
i saw jack frost in the cinema actually (the heartwarming children's tale, sadly). my mum and i used to play the nationality game, where you had to guess people's nationalities. we played it on top of the arc du triamphe in france, and surprisingly enough not everyone was french. i won. then i hit puberty and refused to say much to her, so she's not been able to try and win her honour back yet...
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:15, Reply)
For those Stateside
I can't imagine that both of these movies [or either] were ever released in the UK, but there are two movies, both entitled "Jack Frost". One is a heartwarming family movie [starring Michael Keaton] about a father who finally learns what's really important in life, and the other is a fantastically bad horror movie about a serial killer snowman. My absolutely favorite thing to do in a video store is to switch the two tapes. The names are the same, so no one would ever notice until they got it home and watched it. See? See?

They did also release Jack Frost 2 [the horror version], which is set in the tropics somewhere. I heartily recommend it and the original, if you enjoy that sort of thing.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 20:09, Reply)
Farting games
long running game this. basically if you fart, you have to say "safety." if someone realises you've farted before you say safety,they say doorknob. basically they can then beat the shit out of you until you reach a doorknob, and you can't hit back. alternatively, you can say "six fish", and the person has to name six fish before you have to stop hitting them. not that much fun, but it passes the time....
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 19:59, Reply)
Pickle fun
One day, my mom was cleaning out the fridge and found that there were two pickle jars opened, with only the broken pickles left. She decided to pour the pickle juice into cups and make my siblings have a pickle juice chugging contest.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 19:48, Reply)
Hold the radiator...
At the wake after my girlfriends gran's funeral, we decided to have a game of hold the radiator, which, due to the cold Scottish winter's day outside, was turned up full.

The rules were as follows:

With the finger tips of one hand, hold on to the radiator for as long as you can, first to let go is the loser.

Unfortunately, it was a draw. Underestimating the temperature of the radiator, neither of us was able to hold on longer than a fraction of a second, letting go quickly with a yelp and frantic shake of burnt fingertips.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 19:39, Reply)
Shopping for other sexes
Another twist on previous posts regarding shopping is when you see a single male friend shopping, always try to slip a box of tampons or sanitary towels in the trolley.
Then stand behind him in the checkout.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 19:19, Reply)
Think of as many songs, films, TV programmes or whatever that have the word 'dance' in the title. Then replace 'dance' with 'wank'. Giggle childishly.

For example:
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Private Dancer - Tina Turner
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 19:11, Reply)
Or the Name Game
Where you walk into a crowded pub, get lashed, and then pick a random punter on the other side of the pub, and try to guess his/her name. How do you tell? For each try, you shout the name out *really* loudly, and see if they turn round to look...
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:53, Reply)
We used to lock one side of the double doors into the college canteen, and then watch as people walked full speed into them. Anyone smacking into the locked door was greeted with shouts of "Denied". After we had proven skilled at this, we worked up to Double Denial, where both doors were locked, and we got to see people walk head first into one door, and then promptly do exactly the same thing with the other. Bodily Harm? those were the days...
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:50, Reply)
Dunno whether this counts as a game, but when me and my better half go to a cinema, we usually turn up early, and play spot whos date didn't turn up....

The various tactics for then leaving the cinema without looking obviously dumped are;

a) Shitchicken!
At this point look panic'y and walk away quickly as if they've left the gas on.

b) The Ninja
Wander past the screens showing the trailers and nonchalantly sidle out the door

c) The Old Pro
Clearly would be surprised if their date did turn up, and proceeds to buy that single ticket for an action/sci-fi movie instead.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:49, Reply)
Spot the smiling LIDLs Staff Member
great game, very difficult

another, easier game to play in LIDLs (or netto) is Spot the Fly

and Spot the caravan
while driving on the motorway
always a goo one
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:44, Reply)
I have several
One is that I like to wave at random people out of the bus window and see how many wave back thinking that I'm someone they know. And, being Belfast, I'm usefully met with rude gestures and half-bricks.

Kick the bollard is always fun. In school there's all these stone bollards along the pitches and we kick the crap out of them in an attempt at petty vandalism. Which is nice.
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:42, Reply)
Who's Left the Room???
Top game played at Uni. All you need is:

1 x Room with a Door
2 x 1 ltr bottles of Vodka
2 x other people to play the game with

The three of you go in the room and have to drink the Vodka in under 30mins.
Then, one person at random leaves the room
The remaining 2 people have to guess……

‘Who’s left the room’
(, Tue 30 Mar 2004, 18:04, Reply)

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