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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on June 29, 2004.

What's for Dinner Board Game

patent#: US 6755418

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posted on 11/8/2005, patent issued on 6/29/2004

At last a board game has come along for the hungry and indecisive...

Illinois inventor Wayne Jackson, has come to the hesitant chef's rescue with his What's for Dinner Boar Game. The object of the game is to prepare one item from each of the four Midwestern food groups: "Main Course", "Veggies", "Soup or Salad" and "Dessert." The first one to fix a meal wins (and ideally heads to the kitchen to start the actual cooking).

The player rolls the dice until they land on a dish. Then they move around the square trying to avoid such time-consuming whammies as "boil" "simmer" and, worst of all, "stew" (no, not stew!). Next they try to land on the "Get Cooking" square, at which point they roll another set of dice to wear down the clock until the first course has been completely "cooked." Then the cycle is repeated three more times until a full meal has been prepared. Sadly, the important concept of kitchen multi-tasking is never introduced: "Darn, if only I had made the greenbeans, salad, and jello while the turkey roasted for the past 3½ hours!"

The game seems like a great way to teach spoiled brats how lucky they are to get a home-cooked meal, but if you're hungry and trying to decide what to eat, might I suggest taking out the scissors and tape and playing a little game called Take Out Menu Twister-Spinner (first course: Deep Fried Won Tons, from the China Garden, second Course: a large Meat Lover's Pizza, from Domino's, etc).

What's for Dinner Board Game

Comments on What's for Dinner Board Game

bobcoof0 | Dec 3, 2006 4:01 AM
Wow! this game sounds fun!

Skeeter | Dec 2, 2005 2:01 AM
Wow, this would be helpful. Sometimes we ask each other What's for Dinner? and no one will make a decision so we just don't eat that night!!!

tiny | Nov 2, 2004 4:01 PM
Yep. This will cause the kiddies to shut off their X-boxes. "I don't wanna play Grand Theft Auto, I wanna play What's for Dinner!!!!" This would be lame even for Ned Flanders' kids!!

eben | Nov 1, 2004 6:01 PM
and i always thought that monopoly took a long time to play.

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