HoliDAY of Play 2015

COMMENTARY: These Classic Games Are Full of Fun Trivia Facts

Scrabble, circa 1948

Covering the toy industry, you learn a lot of neat facts about toys and games. That especially rings true in a year like this one, in which some of the best-known brands are celebrating impressive milestone birthdays. Here are some games with names you’ll probably recognize, and some related trivia, which hopefully you won’t have known until now.

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Bicycle Cards Kicks Off Yearlong Program

Bicycle Playing Cards, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has kicked off a nationwide program promoting card playing. The yearlong program will invite families to rediscover card playing, emphasizing that cards are a great way for igniting relationships, reconnecting, and engaging in friendly competition.

As a part of the program, game show and TV host Chuck Woolery will invite families to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest “Hearts” tournament. The event, held at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif., will benefit The Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to providing free legal services for impoverished and abused children, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hollywood and Burbank.

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