Mikhail here, everyone’s favorite guest poster on the bava. No one does hospitaliano like the bava, no one. — We have a two-fer today, the Twist aka Rubik’s Snake and the perennial favorite, the Sit n’ Spin. I chose the snake, Mrs. Mikhail chose the Sit n’ Spin.
Man, did I love my Rubik’s snake. The one I got as a gift in 4th grade may have been a Chinese knock-off of the Rubik branded original, but I didn’t care. (I probably cared more that my slip-on Vans were a Kinney Shoes approximation.) Unlike the more famous Rubik’s Cube, the Snake was not a puzzle that had one sanctioned solution but offered what seemed like infinite possibilities. The challenge, at least for me, was to think up of an object or a figure and then try to bend and shape the snake into something that resembled that shape or figure as much as possible. Fun too was to create some an unusual, practically random shape and then imagine within it something recognizable — kind of like looking for shapes in passing clouds.
Jennie says: The sit ‘n spin was my ideal toy as an only child. I spent hours spinning and have memories of playing in my room during 70’s dinner parties making myself dizzy and attempting to open my bedroom door without falling down. No intellectual challenges or complex puzzles. Just a pure, unadulterated childhood high.
Image credit: Wishbook’s “1976.xx.xx JCPenney Christmas Catalog P366”