Twister 1966


Posted on January 13, 2015

Everyone born in the 1970s and later has played Twister at some point or another. Here’s a Twister timeline to fill you in on how it all started.

Twister is released by the Milton Bradley Company. The company originally wants to call the game “Pretzel” but that name is already copyrighted. It is the first game in which the players are the gamepieces.

May 3, 1966
Johnny Carson plays Twister on his show with Eva Gabor, Skitch Henderson and Ted Cassidy. Seeing this causes Americans to rush out and buy the game in droves.

Late 1960s
Twister becomes the most popular game in the United States, outselling any other game for three years after it is introduced.

May 2, 1987
4,160 students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst set the Guinness World Record for the most number of people playing Twister at one time.

“Weird Al” Yankovic releases the song “Twister” on his album, Even Worse.

Twister makes a cameo appearance in the film Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, in which Bill and Ted compete against Death at a game of Twister in order to save their lives.

Twister Moves is released. It doubles Twister sales to 2 million units by 2004.

Twister Dance is released, featuring 40 different songs to which players can dance.

July 1, 2013
Co-inventor Charles Foley dies aged 82.

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