National Bingo Day – AKA our favourite day of the year is on June 27th!
Nothing puts us in a better mood than National Bingo Day…except for trivia, naturally. Who doesn’t love a wedge of fun facts to (hopefully) wow your nearest and dearest with?
Keep reading to get the scoop on 10 things you’d never have guessed in a million years about the beloved game of bingo…
- Bingo wasn’t originally called ‘bingo’
We know, we’ve gone straight in with the jaw dropper! It actually used to be called ‘beano’. And why, we hear you ask? Well, that should be obvious…players used to cover up their numbers with beans.Funny old world, isn’t it? Might be a bit tricky to make that work effectively with online bingo, so just as well things have moved on a bit.
- Bingo’s good for the mind
And we’re not just saying that because we love it. A study of 1,000 adults with an average age of 82 in Chicago found that the continuous focus required when listening out for numbers and marking them off is good for the brain. The study compared those who played bingo with those who didn’t – and found that the minds of those who played bingo were sharper.
- The average bingo game last for less than 10 minutes
To be more specific, it lasts for between three and six minutes.
- Bingo’s older than you think
Hundreds of years old, in fact! It was first devised in Italy in around 1530, making it nearly a 500-year-old game. It continues to be played every Saturday in Italy. There, it’s known as Lo Giuco del Lotto D’Italia. Less snappy, but probably more eloquent than the name ‘bingo’!
- …And its players are younger than you think
Bingo might have an established reputation as an older adults’ game amongst non-bingo players, but the stats say otherwise. The majority of bingo players are 35 or younger.
- Think bingo’s popular in England? Just look at Scotland
While bingo is perceived as an extremely popular game throughout the UK, with one in 20 playing in the south of England, that’s nothing compared when you head north. In Scotland, a whopping one in five are bingo players!
- Bingo’s been used for education
In Germany! Back in the 1800s, it was used to help schoolchildren improve their mathematical abilities and learn their times tables.
- Bingo drove a maths professor insane
Back in 1930, poor old Carl Leffler was driven to madness when trying to work out the number of different combinations in bingo, not quite realising the mammoth task he’d set himself up for. With over one million variations, it’s safe to say that anyone would be seriously out of their depth.
- Bingo is bigger than football
If you can believe it! In the UK alone, more money is spent on bingo tickets annually than on all footballing events COMBINED.
- Bingo favours Margaret’s
Statistically speaking, it’s true – Margaret’s are technically more likely to win than anyone else. If you’re called Margaret and you’ve never played, now’s a good time to kick off your winning streak!