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Twister game once too 'sexy' for Sears

Twister Game Once Too 'Sexy' For Sears

Twister is one of the most recognizable games in the country -- we all have familiar memories of flicking the spinner and placing a foot or hand on whatever color the peg lands on. Apparently, the childhood favorite used to be too sexy for some. When the game came out in 1966, the department store Sears thought it was to risqué to put on their catalog!

KARE spoke with one of the games' co-creators Neil Rabens, who still can't believe the success of the game.

"I had no idea," he said.

His co-creator, Charlie "Chuck'" Foley, passed away last year at the age of 82 years old, according to The New York Times. Back when Twister was still in development, Foley and Rabens had different ideas for the game.

"I initially came up with he hand and foot thing," Rabens says. Where Rabens envisioned players twisting separately in a game they first called "Pretzel," Foley suggested rearranging the dots to tie players together.

Despite innocent intentions, the game was scandalous when it was released in the 60s and was even called sex in a box. As a result, it did not sell well in its first year, but once it was featured by Johnny Carson, it sold like hotcakes.

As for Sears, it revoked its original stance, and Twister is available for purchase there today.

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Marc June 11 2014 at 7:02 AM

It's only dirty if you're doing it right.

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JC Marc June 11 2014 at 2:11 PM

Also if a bottle of cooking oil is involved.

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senfoghorn1 JC June 11 2014 at 3:04 PM

And other players shout Hide the Weenie

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bootz6 June 11 2014 at 10:19 AM

Can't remember how hard we laughed at the crazy positions we had to get into in this game. I bet it did wonders for chiropractors. As far as being dirty, that depends on if you had a dirty mind !!! It was FUN.

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cgssnavickas June 11 2014 at 11:12 AM

I think just about every child in the sixties and seventies had this game, and I was one of them.

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db1219 cgssnavickas June 11 2014 at 6:56 PM

So was I. All of the kids on my street came over to play it with me. But that was almost 35 years ago.

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Mike June 11 2014 at 5:38 AM

This game probably led to more abortions than any other.

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jtdancernh Mike June 11 2014 at 4:41 PM

"This game probably led to more abortions than any other."

And I'll bet that all of them were provided to women who are probably now staunchly anti-abortion...go figure.

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bjredmond64 June 11 2014 at 10:45 AM

i found the game a riot that caused a whole lot of laughing...which is sooo good for us. we need to laugh. sexy? i can see how it could be, but really, everything in life seems to be shadowed by sex, doesnt it?

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corvair63 June 11 2014 at 6:03 AM

I always enjoyed getting on top of the woman doggie style...

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db1219 corvair63 June 11 2014 at 6:56 PM

I was the fat kid, so the girls got on top of me.

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JasonC8702 June 11 2014 at 10:48 AM

In my youth, playing Twister (innocently, I swear) with friends late at nice, a li'l drunk and everyone sans clothing.... of course we called it "Nekkid Twister."

Ahh youth. Fun times, fun times.

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h3horneh3 June 11 2014 at 11:20 AM

naked twister, or strip twister is a lot of fun and can be as dirty as Sears thought it was.

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db1219 h3horneh3 June 11 2014 at 6:57 PM

Been there, done that.

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allstarcaps June 11 2014 at 3:13 PM

I can actually remember the Baptist Church in my little town calling it the devil's work, and when my sister had a B-Day party with twister some kids parents jerked them up and left immediately....now we have gay naked parades in San Francisco, and half naked twerking dweebs all over the TV...guess Twister was a gateway device....LOL!!

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landslowrance June 11 2014 at 4:37 PM

I had twister in the 60's. It is, and was so much fun. I used to play it with my sitter. Ahhh! Those were the days.

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