Chutes and the ladders
The game of Chutes and Ladders can be traced all the way back to India in the 2nd century BC, where it was originally called Paramapada Sopanam, or The Ladder to Salvation. It was intended to teach children the karma of good and bad decisions in life, but the completely luck-based game it became in later years seemed to teach a different lesson: Bad things happen and you have no control over it. None.
- Estimated Cobra to Indian ratio: 1000 : 1.
If there is one thing India knows, it's not to mess with deadly, deadly snakes!
- The ongoing debate of: snakes vs. slides.
On the one hand, exposing your kids to the hazards of snake-back riding doesn't sound all that wise. But on the other hand, is your kid going to take the lesson seriously if their punishment is also his / her favorite activity at the park? You decide.
The commercially produced version of the game was first published in the UK in 1892 under the name Snakes and Ladders, and eventually made its way to the US in 1943 under the name Chutes and Ladders. This is due to the fact that Americans are notoriously pro-playground and anti-snake.
This little kid would fuck your shit up with his cookie thievery. Would childhood obesity still be a problem if more kids had played this game?
User poll: best game piece
- Girl in pigtails - 1%
- Boy laughing hysterically - 4%
- Token black kid - 20%
- Girl in purple dress
The girl in the purple dress was by far the best piece in the set. She dressed nicely and looked cute, but she wasn't too prissy to climb that ladder and give the weird ginger kid a peek. Yeah, girl.
Infographic by J.Lynch-Jonely 2012