DECEMBER 18

DECEMBER 18

LESLIE SCOTT was born on this day in 1955. Sixteen years later while living in Ghana she invented the stacking game Jenga. “I guess people like simple solutions,” she said in 1989, explaining the immense popularity of Jenga, which means “to build” in Swahili. Seven years after creating the game, Scott started a business in Great Britain to manufacture and sell it. Her big break came in 1982 when Harrod’s department store introduced Jenga. Four years later, the game was purchased by Hasbro, which began selling it in North America. Several sources say that Jenga is the second best-selling game in the world, behind Monopoly

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