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A mass email that just went out to everyone at our office today:

"We are trying to gage the interest of adults in playing a game which I have found out goes by many names
(bags, corn hole, horse bags ect} if You are interested in playing at the picnic or need a greater understanding of
the game please let us know."

Ummm... so apparently, in the midwest, people like to play a little game called "corn hole"? Why am I just a tad afraid to ask what the rules are? And "bags"? That just makes me think of teabagging, and I ain't talking about the party. And "horse bags"??? Oh no, that doesn't help re-assure me at all.

Anybody know what this game could actually be? (Note: the title was just for a bit of jeopardy humor, I am not offering $200 for the answer.)

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veleda
May. 6th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
i don't know..but i am disturbed.
rosicrucian
May. 6th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
It's bean bag toss! I used to play it for prizes in elementary school. Basically like skiball but with beanbags.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornhole
spoonless
May. 7th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Wow, there is actually an American Cornhole Association?

http://www.playcornhole.org/

Anyway, yeah... I thought this was just called "bean bag toss". Maybe it's because they use corn in the midwest instead of beans in the bags, so they can't call it bean bag toss?

I like John Stewart's comment on the wikipedia page you linked to: "Cornhole: It's a cross between horseshoes and soddomy!"
puellavulnerata
May. 6th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
You know, I think I'm pretty happy not being anywhere near the midwest. :)
mpnolan
May. 6th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
haha wow
Man, I'm from the Midwest, and I've never heard *any* of those terms to describe what is apparently bean-bag toss. I'm pretty sure I'd usually call it "horseshoes", whether horseshoes are actually used or not.

I also don't know anyone who's particularly hardcore about horseshoes. Though admittedly, a town near mine -- New Melle -- did have a pretty big and pretty happening building (or large shed?) devoted to it. But that town is a lot more rural than the St. Louis/St. Charles area where I'm from.
spoonless
May. 7th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Re: haha wow

I'm pretty sure I'd usually call it "horseshoes", whether horseshoes are actually used or not.

I would have just called it "bean bag toss".

I've played horseshoes a good bit, and bean bag toss once or twice at a fair or something, and they seem pretty different. Horseshoes, you're trying to throw a heavy metal horseshoe a long distance and get it to land near a metal stake in the ground (or ideally, ring it around the stake), while bean bag toss you're trying to throw a bean bag a short distance into a hole, or at a panel that flips. Right?
mpnolan
May. 7th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: haha wow
I think that is right, yeah. While I've certainly seen bean bag toss (in fact, they were playing it at Tech last week), I'm not sure I *have* ever referred to it by any name out loud. Which explains my inability to name it.
geheimnisnacht
May. 7th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
So I guess you never went to the UCSC Astro department's annual cornhole party. No joke!
spoonless
May. 7th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Nope, I guess not! Weird
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