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The Game of Clue Was Made To Combat WWII Air Raid Blackout Boredom

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It was Anthony E. Pratt, in Britain, with a board game! Today, family members and friends flock around a board, taking attentive notes and hoping their opponents’ cards hold the answer to a murder mystery. But the game of Clue has very different origins from where it is now. Musician-turned-game designer Pratt made the game to combat boredom…during very serious times.

When the Germans set their sights on Britain, they bombarded the country with air raids that did not discriminate between civilian and military targets. To make the job harder, Brits underwent intense blackouts. Though fear factored heavily into their lives, they also knew a sense of monotony in the dark. Pratt changed that.

Anthony E. Pratt had an ear for murder mysteries

Pratt wanted to use murder mysteries to ease boredom during Blitz-imposed blackouts
Pratt wanted to use murder mysteries to ease boredom during Blitz-imposed blackouts / Wikipedia

Born on August 10, 1903, Anthony E. Pratt called Birmingham, England home for much of his life. His education and interests varied greatly; he loved chemistry but bad eyesight damaged his schooling experience. He possessed a natural talent with the piano and many considered him a gifted musician overall. The two interests pulled him in opposite directions until finally, music won out. He indulged in this passion for several years as his career, though when WWII unfurled around the globe, he worked in the UK to help manufacture tanks. The monotony of the job made for dull work, but allowed his mind to wander.

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During that busy free time, Pratt reflected on the murder mysteries he loved to see play-acted in the mansions he played piano in. He adored watching the plots unfold and engage his wit. Typically, play-acted murder mystery games like that had the house’s occupants and guests using many rooms and playing designated roles. But blackouts during WWII limited the logistics behind this. People needed to be bunkered down in their own homes or flats while not letting full room lights blare out the covered windows. To work around this, Pratt devised a board game to allow a similar experience in a safe manner that gave Brits something fun to do while they waited through the dangerous, dull nights.

Here’s a Clue

Anthony Pratt's wife Elva helped design the board we now associate with Clue
Anthony Pratt’s wife Elva helped design the board we now associate with Clue / YouTube

By December 1, 1944, Pratt got to file his first patent for what would become Cluedo (known as Clue in North America). He developed the suspects and murder weapons between 1943 and 1945, in part thanks to his experience at that monotonous but helpful tank factory. The game board’s first design players can thank Elva, his wife, for. She heavily contributed to its look by working on it over their dining room table. The first iteration Brits played was known as Murder!. After the war, Pratt acquired an official patent for Cluedo. But that wouldn’t be the last evolution Pratt’s game would go through.

The game found its way to the States and into the possession of Hasbro. It was able to get a lot of steam around this time, since postwar shortages still dogged Britain and prevented Cluedo from really kicking off. But even though what we know as Clue went through some changes, we can see a lot of similarities too. For instance, Pratt’s original design included characters named after colors. Some titles changed a bit; for example, Colonel Yellow and Nurse White became Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White. But the sentiment behind his creations of Miss Gray, Mrs. Silver, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Gold still stand. Original weapons really show Pratt’s knowledge of weaponry, as they included a bomb, syringe, fire poker, and more. No matter the alterations, Clue continues to combat boredom to this day. Who do you usually play as?

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Coca-Cola’s 1971 Hilltop Commercial Was Inspired By A Delayed Flight

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Commercials first and foremost want to sell their products. They utilize all sorts of persuasive techniques to do so: compile facts, present the company as worthy, and touch upon emotions. While all good commercials draw from psychology, some draw from real experiences. Coca-Cola’s “Hilltop” commercial from 1971 did just that.

People watching Mad Men flocked to the commercial on YouTube because of its presence at the end of the series. But decades before, audiences saw an ad that drew from a personal place. All of it could not have existed, however, if one day in the UK went smoothly instead of all wrong.

Join Bill Backer on a “Hilltop” to see the power of Coca-Cola

An Italian hilltop became the site of unity and impactful advertising and music
An Italian hilltop became the site of unity and impactful advertising and music / YouTube screenshot

McCann Erickson advertising agency creative director Bill Backer needed to reach London. The date was January 18, 1971. As part of McCann Erickson, he was responsible for their account with Coca-Cola. In London, he’d set up a meeting with the account’s music director Billy Davis. The UK’s famous fog made good on all the tales it inspired and rolled in, forcing his flight to land in Shannon, Ireland. Initial reactions included frustration. But those same angry fliers, the next day, congregated at the airport cafe. Instead of annoyed glares, they wore smiles. In place of complaints, they voiced laughter and friendly chatter. And many of them bore bottles of Coca-Cola they were chatting over.

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“In that moment [I] saw a bottle of Coke in a whole new light,” Backer reflected. “[I] began to see a bottle of Coca-Cola as more than a drink that refreshed a hundred million people a day in almost every corner of the globe. So [I] began to see the familiar words, ‘Let’s have a Coke,’ as more than an invitation to pause for refreshment. They were actually a subtle way of saying, ‘Let’s keep each other company for a little while.’ And [I] knew they were being said all over the world as [I] sat there in Ireland. So that was the basic idea: to see Coke not as it was originally designed to be — a liquid refresher — but as a tiny bit of commonality between all peoples, a universally liked formula that would help to keep them company for a few minutes.”

“I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.”

The advertising team determinedly assembled 500 young people from different backgrounds to make an iconic commercial
The advertising team determinedly assembled 500 young people from different backgrounds to make an iconic commercial / YouTube screenshot

Because Backer faced a delay joining with his team London, Billy Davis and Roger Greenway fine-tuned some melodies and lyrics for a future ad. Originally, they arranged a tune around “Mom, True Love, and Apple Pie,” but after Backer arrived and explained his revelation, they changed it to “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.” It took some persuasion and workshopping, since Davis suggested everyone should be given a roof over their heads and peace in their lifetime instead of Coca-Cola. They met in the middle to make Backer’s revelation fit Davis’s point.

The team finally got to give everyone in the world a Coke in July 1971 after bad weather struck again. Instead of inspiring more ads, heavy rain delayed shooting this international endeavor. The team recruited all sorts of students from places around Rome. Their meticulous drive for perfection paid off when DJs told Davis, “I’m getting requests to play your commercial like it was a hit record.” To this day, sheet music for the song still sells. The whole sentiment resonates across decades and clips of people standing in peaceful unity can be something all the world aspires to someday. Thank goodness foggy conditions gave us this timeless piece of media and advertising.

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This Classic ‘Andy Griffith’ Episode Has Valuable Lesson About Parenting

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Some elements of society became completely unrecognizable now compared to decades ago. At the end of the day, usually (hopefully), parents want to raise good kids, though. If that is the case, then the Andy Griffith show has a helpful, timeless clip.

In that clip resides important advice on what to do… and what not to do as a parent. Anyone who values hard work, persistence, and strength wants their kids to bear those traits. They also want to help their kids avoid the exact opposite of those values. The Andy Griffith episode highlights how important these things are.

Everyone should learn important parenting lessons from ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

One episode from Andy Griffith has Opie witnessing an important lesson in parenting
One episode from Andy Griffith has Opie witnessing an important lesson in parenting / YouTube screenshot

“Kids aren’t supposed to work for their allowance,” Opie’s friend Arnold explained sagely, despite being just a kid himself. Opie had just seen Arnold’s new bike and noted how much work must have gone into saving an allowance to buy it. Unfortunately, Opie takes Arnold’s dismissal of work as the rule of law. He also bestows upon Opie a lesson on how to throw a tantrum.

RELATED: Strange Facts About The Death Of Andy Griffith

With this new knowledge in mind, Opie sets off on his own mission. He doesn’t see Arnold disregard a deputy’s reprimands for driving on the sidewalk. He also doesn’t see Arnold defy instructions immediately – and nearly run someone over after. Instead, he tries to get his dad on the same page about allowances not requiring actual work. When this earns him laughter from his father, Opie executes a patented Arnold Temper Tantrum, recruiting the floor as his stage to roll around on. His dad offers advice of his own: don’t get the clothes dirty.

Opposites collide when Arnold and his father arrive at Opie’s father’s office, where they came to complain to him, an officer, about Arnold losing the bike. Arnold immediately launches into his temper tantrum hoping to make his own dad yield and to sit in jail just so Arnold can get his bike back. Here, Arnold’s dad opens his eyes, and so does someone else. Opie sees this behavior play out and his father gets to show his son the dynamics at play between the two. Ultimately, Opie completely turns his attitude around, having learned an important lesson that day.

Opie’s dad knew it all along

Arnold got a new bike he did not want to work to keep
Arnold got a new bike he did not want to work to keep / Pixabay

The episode in question, depicting “Opie and the Spoiled Kid,” shows a lot in a short time. It perfectly showcases how unproductive tantrums can be and the importance of standing firm. Even Opie also gets to see how off the dynamics between Arnold and Arnold’s dad look. Arnold would let his dad sit in jail just for a bike? No bicycle is worth all that, not even a Raleigh Chopper bike.

All this can be traced, in part, to Arnold’s refusal to work for his prizes. Opie sees the value, now, in earning the good things in life. Meanwhile, Arnold wanted his dad to take a hit for him for a bike he simply got without working for it. And when he did get it, he abused it and utilized it as a means to cause trouble. When Opie gets one, through hard work and maturity, he will have deserved it, even a really nice one like a Schwinn Stingray.

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Go Behind The Scenes As Princess Anne Teaches The Queen How To Video Chat

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Zoom and Webex see a lot of use lately. Before social distancing, they offered a reliable way to give businesses the option to have video conferences when necessary. Now, everyone is turning to these and similar services for various communication needs. Even Queen Elizabeth II needed to use Webex…but first, she had to learn it. That’s where her daughter, Princess Anne, came into the picture, teaching the monarch how to navigate this bit of technology.

Technological know-how can be hit or miss for any generation. But someone so associated with the past like Queen Elizabeth did understandably need assistance. As a result, Princess Anne became part of one of the most regal examples of teaching the elderly new tech.

Webex now has some royal patrons

Queen Elizabeth used Webex for her very first video call, but first she had to learn it
Queen Elizabeth used Webex for her very first video call, but first she had to learn it / Twitter screenshot

Because Queen Elizabeth II acts as an important figurehead in British life, she maintains certain routines to address them. Earlier this year, she made a somber speech about the pandemic. Then, in June, she did something similar with a talk specifically directed at healthcare workers. But this time, it was a live video call using Webex. The American company sells video conferencing tools.

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Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess Anne, took up the responsibility of teaching the Queen. When the Queen appeared situated with the video call, Princess Anne asked, “Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen.” Queen Elizabeth answered, “Yes, well I can see four anyway.” No cutting corners without a royal comeback! Princess Anne immediately replied, “Actually, you don’t need me. You know what I look like!”

Celebrate and honor

Princess Anne is often regarded as more down-to-earth than other royalty
Princess Anne is often regarded as more down-to-earth than other royalty / ALPR/AdMedia/ImageCollect

This incident came as Queen Elizabeth set off to remotely address and honor healthcare workers combating the coronavirus. And this behind-the-scenes coverage came via ITV’s editor Chris Ship’s Twitter page. ITV includes this candid moment in its documentary set to celebrate Princess Anne’s 70th birthday. She reaches that milestone on August 15.

Replies to the Twitter post expressed amusement. The original post cites Zoom as their service of choice, but one reply corrects this and points to Webex as the actual video chatting service. Others commented on the candid fun between the royals, one considered the more down-to-earth of the family, and the other famous for either really stepping up or providing amusing out-of-touch moments.

NEW: A first look behind the scenes of those royal video calls 💻
Watch how Princess Anne tried to teach her elderly mother about @zoom_us.
But her elderly mother is, err, the Queen.
🎥 A great clip from tomorrow’s documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’ on @itv 9pm 👇 pic.twitter.com/duHzozH2x5

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 28, 2020

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Daughter Of ‘Leave It To Beaver’ Star Hugh Beaumont Says He Was Just Like Ward Cleaver

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Kristan Beaumont, the daughter of Leave It to Beaver star Hugh Beaumont, is talking about how her dad was off-screen. She admitted that he was very similar to his character, Ward Cleaver! She said that her father rarely got angry and when she got in trouble, he would have a talk with her, just like in the classic show.

Kristan also revealed that Hugh had a lot of input into his character. She said, “He took his responsibility very seriously. That was one of the reasons he did the series. It was a way to support his family.” Even after the show was beloved by many, he didn’t let the fame get to his head.

Hugh Beaumont’s daughter talks about his life outside of ‘Leave It to Beaver’

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Hugh Beaumont / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives

Outside of acting, she said her dad loved poetry, hiking, swimming, fishing, and time spent with family. He continued to act and also wrote screenplays and short stories. For a while, he operated a Christmas tree farm. Sadly, he passed away in 1982 at the age of 73.

RELATED: ‘Leave It To Beaver’ Cast Members’ Lives After The Show Concluded

june ward cleaver leave it to beaver
June and Ward Cleaver / Wikimedia Commons

“My father believed that if you wanted to change anything, you had to start small,” said Kristan. “You couldn’t do everything at once. He always used to say: ‘You start by tying your shoes.’”

It is so nice to hear stories like this!

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Bo Derek Opens Up About Giving Back To Nation’s Veterans

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Actress Bo Derek has opened up about giving back to our nation’s veterans, saying that it is something she’s very passionate about. The cause for it hits close to home. Her dad, Paul Collins, was actually a radio operator during the Korean War. Additionally, her stepfather and late husband John Derek, were also veterans.

“I remember I ran into then the secretary of veterans affairs, Anthony Principi, and he tells me about the rehabilitation events for disabled veterans,” she tells Fox News. “These are incredibly moving events. And yet they were having trouble going because some people, perhaps, maybe were uncomfortable – we’re talking about 400 people with all kinds of disabilities. Well, my stepmom is quadriplegic, so I already had a comfort level, I guess.”

Bo Derek has done a lot of work to help out our nation’s veterans

Bo Derek Opens Up About Giving Back To Nation's Veterans
BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA – JULY 26: Bo Derek arrives at the Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries Summer 2019 TCA Press Tour Event held at a Private Residence on July 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

She continues, “But when I went to my first Snowmass event, I was moved. Just seeing 400 disabled veterans and the volunteers who were there to make sure that they would offer them whatever they needed, whatever they wanted to do in winter sports, no matter their disability, even if it required adapting some equipment, that it didn’t matter, it could be done. That does something to you.”

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The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic encourages disabled veterans to discover new capabilities through sport. It originally began in 1987 with 90 participants and has grown to 400 disabled veteran participants. Derek’s first event was in 2001 and she says it changed her life.

Honors for her contributions

Bo Derek Opens Up About Giving Back To Nation's Veterans
Disabled veteran’s marathon / AF.mil

“They say ‘miracles on a mountainside,’ but it really is,” said Derek. “I ended up becoming a chairperson for all the events. It was just so much fun. I did that for seven years. It’s more than just sports, although they’re incredibly fun. You really get to sit down and get to know these heroes on a  personal level. It was an honor.”

In 2003, Derek was granted the highest award offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) due to her efforts in supporting American veterans. She has also embarked on USO tours to support American troops. Moreover, Derek has worked with the Special Forces Association, which named her an honorary Green Beret.

Long-time supporter of various organizations

Bo Derek Opens Up About Giving Back To Nation's Veterans
Disabled veteran / Flickr

Derek and her partner, John Corbett, have also been long-time supporters of the American Hometown Heroes Initiative. This is a program that helps veterans get back to work after returning from service.

“I remembered there was a side project going on with the Library of Congress of getting these veterans to tell their stories, their war stories,” Derek recalls. “I sat in on as many as I could. I remember there was one veteran from World War I. That was incredible. He hadn’t even talked to his family about his experience, but for some reason, there was this atmosphere of being around other veterans that allowed him to be comfortable and share his story. It was very moving to hear his story and the conditions he endured.”

She encourages others to research and discover organizations that they can, too, support

Bo Derek Opens Up About Giving Back To Nation's Veterans
Bo Derek / Wikimedia Commons

Derek says that she encourages her fans to research and discover overlooked organizations dedicated to helping veterans.

“As for me, I’ve always worked directly with the Veterans Administration. My brother, who passed away, loved the games and what they meant to our veterans. We created a family fun to support those veterans and help pay their expenses to go to these events.” What amazing and selfless work!

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