November 1, 2012
I fondly remember when I was a kid going occassionally with my mom to the local synagogue to help the elderly with their weekly bingo game.
It was fun to see the old people getting together, having a good time, and competing for the prize, usually some token tchochkes.
As a little kid, of course, even though I wasn't playing, I usually walked away with a big Hersey's chocolate bar--and that itself was enough to make me want to come back again and again.
A couple of weeks ago though, I come to find out, there are other exciting versions of the game out there...
The Wall Street Journal (22 October 2012) described quite a novel version of the game called either chicken-poop bingo or cow-chip bingo.
Not to gross anyone out, it is what is sounds like.
The winning numbers are drawn not by the turning the game cage and having a ball with the winning numbers on it fall down the chute, but rather by where the chicken or cow does it's business.
Some have barked about this being cruel to animals to use them in this way or that people manipulate the animals to go on certain squares by planting feed, or that when the dung drops on multiple squares, then the winner is the one with the greatest volume--enjoy measuring that!
This version of the game wins butt-down for the most novel way to play bingo, but for me, I still would rather accompany my mom to help the old people like I did as a kid and walk away with that great big cholocate bar. ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to B.K. Dewey)