Thrift Treasure: Funny Bones

Thrift Treasure: Funny Bones

There are many reasons I buy games. There are a few reasons I don’t, but a lot of times I convince myself to go ahead with the purchase anyhow. This week’s thrift store purchase had nothing to do with value or outstanding game play. It was bought for one reason – nostalgia.

Parker Brothers' Funny Bones made it into our shopping cart solely for the nostalgia factor. Why did we remember it for so long? Find out! - SahmReviews.com

Parker Brothers’ Funny Bones was coincidentally issued in the same year I was born, 1968. I vividly remember having a copy of this when we were young, the over-sized and colorfully designed cards being burnt into my mind. I really didn’t remember much about the game play itself, but since this copy looks like it hadn’t ever been played in the past 40+ years, the $1.88 price was a slam dunk.

Parker Brothers' Funny Bones made it into our shopping cart solely for the nostalgia factor. Why did we remember it for so long? Find out! - SahmReviews.com

The premise of the game is similar to other popular issues of the time like Twister. Funny Bones includes twenty-three thick postcard-sized cards that are laid on the floor face-down between teams of two players. Teams act simultaneously, picking up a card at random and following the instructions printed on their card.

Parker Brothers' Funny Bones made it into our shopping cart solely for the nostalgia factor. Why did we remember it for so long? Find out! - SahmReviews.com

For example, if the card reads “Back Bone Connected to the Hand Bone”, the person picking up the card would place the card on their partner’s back and hold it there with their hand until the end of the next round. Some cards have matching body parts, like the “Head Bone Connected to the Head Bone”, which obviously challenges the team to hold the card between their heads!

Parker Brothers' Funny Bones made it into our shopping cart solely for the nostalgia factor. Why did we remember it for so long? Find out! - SahmReviews.com

The game proceeds with additional cards being resolved at the same time until one team has dropped two cards. At that time the round is over and each team records the point values on all of the cards they successfully held onto. A total of three rounds are played, and the pair with the highest total wins Funny Bones.

Parker Brothers' Funny Bones made it into our shopping cart solely for the nostalgia factor. Why did we remember it for so long? Find out! - SahmReviews.com

To mix things up, during any round each team has the option of passing one of the cards they select to any other team, who must also follow the instructions in addition to the one they chose. There are also “Funny Bones” cards that act as wilds – they are simply an extra card that may be places in easy positions (eg. Hand Bone to Hand Bone).

Even after this refresher, I only remember playing Funny Bones a few times, but owning it for quite a long period. The artwork on the cards is typical of the era and is probably the reason it made such a mark on my psyche. You can find copies on both Amazon and eBay if you must get one for yourself. Otherwise keep an eye on your local thrift stores since a copy should eventually show up!

Do you like these types of physical games?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

7 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Funny Bones»

  1. Marcie W. says:

    My kids would get a huge kick out of Funny Bones, and I never mind seeing them move their bodies and stay active. Funny how older games like this can still be so entertaining today!

  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve never heard of this game before, but it sounds great. We have so many games in our home for game night. This sounds like it would be a great addition.

  3. krystal says:

    I love this vintage game! I remember it from my parents. Looks like fun still today!

  4. Desiree Lopez says:

    This is a blast from my past! I remember my Grandma having this game and we would play it at all our family reunions.

  5. Becky says:

    Twister was my all time favorite game growing up. I have never played funny bones, but totally want to try it out! That will make an awesome family game. My niece and nephews would get a huge kick out of it.

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