Pogs.

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This was one of the silliest crazes my brother and I had. It also made us REALLY excited about going grocery shopping. I think together we had collected 200+ each of these cardboard decorated circles. Now, when I think of it, I think: How silly!

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Pogs are circles of cardboard with characters or whatnot on them that you use to play some sort of game. What’s funny is that I was just more interested in collecting these than playing the actual game and trading them. The only time I would trade them with my brother was if we had doubles that the other did not have.

I also remember the sparkly ones and the hologram ones, which are the Slammers, I believe. I don’t even remember or know what they did, but I had to have them! My brother would refuse to trade those, obviously. They must’ve been really important! 😛 I do remember that we also smuggled them into school to show off our collections, and some kids had fancy pog albums.

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I think we discovered them when the grocery stores started giving them away in cereal boxes or something or another. I don’t actually remember quite vividly where these pogs came from. I believe that stores started giving them away at the door. I don’t think we saved a single one because they went out of fashion VERY quickly.

It’s just cool to see how a single idea or simple idea could become so viral SO fast!

According to Wikipedia.org, this is what the idea of pogs was:

Pogs is a game that was popular during the 1990s.[1][2][3] The word “pog” also refers to the discs used to play the game. The name originates fromPOG, a brand of juice made from passionfruitorange and guava; the use of the POG bottle caps to play the game pre-dated the game’s commercialization.[3] The game of pogs possibly originated in Hawaii in the 1920s or 1930s,[1][2] or possibly with origins in a game from much earlier:Menko, a Japanese card game very similar to Pogs, has been in existence since the 17th century.[4] Pogs returned to popularity when the World POG Federation and the Canada Games Company reintroduced them to the public in the 1990s. The Pog fad soared, and peaked in the mid 1990s before rapidly fading out...

Rules may vary among players, but the game variants generally have common gameplay features. Each player has their own collection of Pogs and a slammer (a heavier game piece).[4] Before the game, players decide whether to play ‘for keeps’, or not. ‘For keeps’ implies that the players keep the POGs that they win and forfeit those that have been won by other players. The game can then begin as follows:

  1. The players each contribute an equal number of pogs to build a stack with the pieces facing down, which will be used during the game.[4]
  2. The players take turns throwing their slammer down onto the top of the stack, causing it to spring up and the pogs to scatter. Each player keeps any pogs that land ‘face up’ after their throw.[4][7]
  3. After each throw, the pogs which have landed ‘face down’ are then re-stacked for the next player.
  4. When no pogs remain in the stack, the player with the most pogs is the ‘winner’.[4

For more on Pogs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogs

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