You're welcome, America: Minnesota-invented Twister makes toy hall of fame


It was made in Minnesota ... it tied up the country in knots ... and now Twister is in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, which includes the Toy Hall of Fame, announced that Twister – along with the puppet and the Super Soaker – are the 2015 inductees into the hall.

The Associated Press notes a panel of experts selected them from a list of finalists that also included the wiffle ball, Battleship, and Jenga.

It was a bold move in the mid-1960s when Chuck Foley and his collaborators at St. Paul's Reynolds Guyer House of Design decided that human beings could be game pieces. But the simplicity of the game made it easy to understand and play.

And it looked like fun in its debut TV commercial in 1966.

Davison, a blog for inventors, says Foley, who died in 2013, first offered the game to 3M, which turned it down.

Milton Bradley was interested, though, leading the inventors to get a patent for the game. But it took awhile for "left hand blue" to enter the country's lexicon.

Some critics found the game a little too twisted for their liking. Mental Floss notes some dubbed it "sex in a box" and it was deemed too racy to be included in the Sears catalog of 1966.

But just when things were starting to look bleak, sales soared after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor tried Twister on the Tonight Show in 1967 (right).

Perhaps more impressive than its popularity was the game's staying power. Instead of drifting away like some of the decade's fads, Twister became entwined with pop culture.

In fact, a few years ago City Pages listed Twister's greatest moments in pop culture, which include a classic Twister match with Death in 1991's "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey."

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