When Milton Bradley Company introduced Twister in 1966 as a game of physical skill, it was denounced by their competitors as 'sex in a box'. It is one of the first games where human bodies are used as playing pieces.
Hygiene standards were so low that the official 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh tournament hosted by Konami instituted a hygiene clause to the rule book. This allows judges to penalize players with dirty clothing or terrible odor by giving them a loss.
In medieval games of chess, pawns that had been promoted to a queen would be given the title of “advisor," so as to not imply that the king had more than one queen or was unfaithful.
In January 2011, two Canadians bet over $500,000 on a best-of-three game of rock, paper, scissors. The loser took out a mortgage on his home to pay the debt, but the courts ruled that the wager contract was invalid as the amount was excessive and cancelled the mortgage.
At the 2009 and 2015 MONOPOLY World Championship, the grand prize was $20,580 USD, which is also the amount of money included in the latest version of MONOPOLY.
After Nike released Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing them because its colors didn't match his team's uniform. Nike supposedly paid the fine the NBA charged Jordan each game so he would.
Dave Ayres, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver and kidney-transplant recipient, was the emergency backup goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes at the February 22 NHL game. When the team's two pro goalies were injured, Ayres entered the game and led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He became the oldest goalie to win a regular-season debut.
About 26.5 million Canadians tuned into the Canada vs USA Olympic gold-medal men's hockey game during the 2010 winter Olympics. That's 80% of Canada's population.
Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain) used to be a 230 lb basketball center. Four years later, he was 396 lbs and took third in the World's Strongest Man.
A Brazilian footballer staged his whole career for 20 years—he could barely kick a ball. He avoided games by faking injuries, frequently changing teams, and using other tricks. One time, when he was going to be forced to play, he started a fight with a fan and got sent off before even stepping on the field.