A little jaunt through some interesting bingo-related items to amuse (or distract!) you in your gaps between games.
A long-running dispute rumbles on in the United States. A pre-trial hearing over the legality of Bingo machines in Greene County, Ohio, due to a mess up with who was going to be the judge. The situation started when a former Governor of the State used his “Task Force on Illegal Gambling” to confiscate 800 Bingo gaming machines. The Task Force then disbanded, and many gambling operators in the States want this issue resolved for once and for all as this type of Bingo gambling machine is prevalent all over America. I played some when I was last in Las Vegas (no problem there with illegality.. they seem to have carte blanche to do what they want!)
Who remembers the Rupert Bear Annuals from the 50’s – 70s? Oh come on! I can’t be the oldest one on this site!! Well in the village of Nutwood, where Rupert and his parents lived, there was a dog called Bingo. He was a spectacled white terrier type dog (walked on two legs of course) who was a bit of an inventor and known as the brains of Nutwood. Not to be confused with Algy Pug.. a different canine resident of fair Nutwood!
I was perusing a site for thespians and actors the other day called Official Voices. Com where people discuss the characters they create and give voice to. These include many famous people who do voice-overs for TV adverts. One of the contributors recently posted a comment that she had found some excellent voice studies to work on, develop and imitate, at a recent live Bingo Game. She described the caller as having a “distinct vocal personality”. I’d love to know where that was and pass it on to the caller. He or she may then hear themselves (or someone imitating their voice) advertising car insurance, furniture sales or toilet tissue on TV! That then made me wonder.. if you have such a distinctive voice- could you copyright it, and claim a percentage every time someone imitates it? I wouldn’t have thought so, otherwise all those mimics, impressionists and comedians would make politicians very rich!
Finally did you know there are sites that will create (non numerical) Bingo cards for you catering for a wide range of interests. These include categories for Literature, Chemistry, Religions, and even “Tools”. As a variation on the standard game, the caller asks questions, rather than just reading out the name called. Things could get confusing when someone shouts “Bingo” and you realise they’ve got an answer wrong and ticked the wrong box on the card. Has the potential to get very messy! Hmmm… for me I prefer the standard 90 number Bingo. And I don’t think I could even name 9 tools, let alone 90!
Eyes down and good luck!