Saturday, May 19, 2012

From Stones to Super Trucks

Day 17 - Mancala

Some historians believe this to be one of the first games ever invented. Not a bad job for a game made up of some stones and some hollowed out cups. The game consists of 6 cups on each player's side with another cup (usually larger and off to the side in modern day sets) that represents the scoring stones for each player. pretty simple game play but it can make for some interesting strategy. You pick one of the 6 cups on your side with stones and move counter clock-wise dropping a stone in each cup (excluding your opponents scoring cup). If the last stone is placed in your scoring cup, you get to go again. If the last stone is placed in an empty cup on your side and the cup opposite (on your opponent's side) has stones, you get to take their stones and the one that you placed all in your scoring cup. The game ends when a player runs out of stones on their side. The opponent then gets to place the stones remaining on their side into their scoring cup and whoever has the most wins! I seem to give lower rankings to game where The Wife seems to slaughter me the majority of the time (i.e. Othello). The Wife slaughtered me tonight 2 of 3 games. She is really good at these very strategic placement games. Mancala is a 2 player game (although there appears to be some 4 player versions out there) and takes about 5 to 10 minutes to play determining on thought time. Cheers to one of the oldest games ever made!

Extreme Super Trucks

You know the saying "From Rags to Riches." Well, we have gone "From Stones to Super Trucks!"

Today we drove behind and past the biggest "personal use" trucks I have ever seen. Basically, some people are driving Monster Trucks around cities now. The one we saw was modified to be higher off the ground than the original one off of their website it would appear (the last picture is a side view of the same kind of truck we saw, but without the lift on it). I didn't know that was legal. But truthfully, would a cop car try and pull over a truck that could EAT the police car?!? (see above video) Trucks this big on the roadways is crazy, and that is How Lou Sees It.

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