By Cheryl Russell | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm | UPDATED: May 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm In 1968, singer-songwriter Joe South introduced his hit song, “Games People Play.” Halfway around the world, Leslie Scott had a different take on the word “games.” Based on a lively family activity using children’s wooden building blocks purchased from a sawmill in Takoradi, Ghana, Scott founded what today is known as Jenga. If you’re not familiar with this game named for a Swahili word, kujenga, which means “to build,” players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. According to Pokonobe Associates, owners of the Jenga brand, over 80 million Jenga games, equivalent to more than 4.3 billion Jenga blocks, have been sold worldwide. Board games have been in existence since the dawn of civilization, providing entertainment and healthy competition. The oldest, called Senet, was found in Predynastic and First Dynasty burials of Egypt as early as 3500 B.C. Games have a great way of bringing people of all ages together. Many of… Read full this story
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