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Written by: Greg Runyon
11/10/2010 2:44 PM 

The other day I lost five dollars on a bet with the illustrious Mo Holland here at the radio station.  She and I were talking about someone, and at just that moment I was paged with a phone call.  I said, “Guess who that is,” indicating that I thought it was the person we were talking about.  She said I should bet her five bucks.  I did.  I lost.  There’s one born every minute, I guess.

I have to say it was worth the Abe, though, as it was amusing to me and I’m sure pleasing to her since she won.  Nothing like stirring up good feelings around the ol’ radio station by losing a sucker bet.  If I have to do that every now and again to keep everyone in smiles, I suppose I can spare the cash.

I came up with another game the other night, one so brilliant that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.  Just so we’re very clear and don’t have to involve Human Resources, I want to state for the record that the invention of this brilliant game had nothing to do with anyone I work with.  I submit to you that on November 8th in the Year of Our Lord 2010, I invented a game I call “Strip Guess the Next Commercial.”

Strip Guess the Next Commercial is a game for one or (preferably) more players, ages 8 to adult, though you’d best make damn sure you’re playing with someone in your age cohort, lest it get unfathomably creepy and possibly illegal.  I warned you.  You’d also be wise to lock the door before you start playing, lest you get caught in flagrante delicto.  I warned you again.

Here’s how to play:  You guess what kind of ad is coming up, and if you guess wrong, you have to remove an article of clothing.  What a great way to liven up any dull night of watching TV, if I do say so myself.  As a commercial break approaches, each player must select the category of the next ad that will run, and then do so for each upcoming commercial in succession.  Categories can be defined with as much specificity or leniency as house rules permit.  For example, you can decide whether “Restaurant” is okay, or whether the player should be made to specify “fast food,” “family dining,” “pizza joint,” or whatever.  If you say “cell phone,” do you need to specify whether it is a commercial for the device or for the cellular service?  It’s up to you in the wacky world of Strip Guess the Next Commercial!  The commercial for this product is writing itself!

Imagine yourself nestled up with your honey, watching some boring show that he or she wants to watch, but you’re not interested in.  You introduce this game, and your evening can work its way from tepid to (if you play your cards right) full boil!  No longer do you have to dread that next commercial, now you can look forward to it with great anticipation!  It could mean nudity!  In fact, if you run up against a particularly long commercial break and you’re a particularly bad guesser, it could mean nudity within minutes, and by then you’ll be all naked and giggly because of the uproariously fun nature of this game that you’ll forget all about whatever program you were watching and be on to spending some quality time with someone you love.  See?  This game is bringing people together.  It’s very touching.

Clearly this will be one of the top sellers this holiday season, available at a store near you just as soon as I figure out how to put this idea in a box and sell it for $24.95.

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