TIL Reyn Guyer is a game designer whose first hit was Twister. In 1969, he invented “the world’s first indoor ball”. It was made of polyurethane and named after the foam used by off-roaders to cover their roll-bars: Nerf.

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TIL Nerf was named after Nerf bars, not the other way around.


I was at jury duty recently and they had board games in the big room that everyone has to wait in for the half the day before you get called back, and they actually had Twister. I gotta meet the guy brave enough to break the awkard silence of that room to start up a game of Twister with 140 strangers. That’s foreman material.


Its nerf or nothing


At the time Nerf used to claim that it stood for the reverse of Fren, short for friendly