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Man Bites Dog

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  • Man Bites Dog from University Games is a hilarious headline game that's fun for the whole family
  • Score the most points by creating the most outrageous headlines
  • Boxed set is great for travel, family game night, or parties
  • For 2 or more players ages 8 and up
  • University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

CONSTRUCT THE HEADLINE THAT EARNS THE HIGHEST POINTS AND OFTEN THE BIGGEST LAUGHS. WINNER IS FIRST TO 500 POINTS. AGES 8+ 2-6 PLAYERS. CHOCKING HAZARD - CONTAINS SMALL PARTS - NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3

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The hilarious headline game. Score the most points by creating the most outrageous headlines. The first player to score 500 points wins. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.2 x 3.5 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 8.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
ASIN B000087BDT
Item model number 1520
Manufacturer recommended age 3 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #35,250 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#39 in Toys & Games > Games > Travel Games
#561 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
#16,251 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
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By Timothy J. Drozinski on September 18, 2007
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I was introduced to this game by some friends and had to get it for myself because it was so much fun. The deck of cards contains a variety of words or short phrases, such as "President," "Woman," "Shoots," "Turns In" or "Dog." Each card also has a point value associated with it. Each player is dealt five cards, which they must try to arrange to make a clever sentence in the style of a newspaper headline ("Woman Shoots President, Turns In Dog"). You can discard and draw up to three new cards. Each player makes their headline, and the best one wins the indicated number of points.

I don't know how educational this game is, but it certainly does focus on reading and making sentences, and the words are all clean (though some combinations can definitely have a double entendre effect) so it's safe for even young kids while still fun for adults-only use too. The only real drawback is the lack of any way to incorporate punctuation, especially commas, but you make up for it in the way you read your headline, providing the right emphasis to make it funny and make it make sense.
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My husband, sons (8 and 10) and I played our debut game before dinner last night - it was a blast!
Love that "bizarre" is worth 50 points and "Wall Street" 0!
Some of our favorites, in ascending order:
-Beauty Bites Blond
-Intern Weeps for Dreams of 4-Star Dumps
-Crazy Romantic Rescues Swinging Wife
-4-Star Pundit Bites 340-lb. Priest
..and finally:

-Naked Killer Drops Ipod

Some grammar was discussed, imaginative story-telling and negotiation encouraged. Highly recommended to encourage word play even among reluctant readers, and fun for adults too!
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My husband, son and I have a great time playing this game. My son begs to play it! You are provided with a large deck of card containing funny nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs - and each card has a point value written on it (like Scrabble, the more difficult a word is to use, the greater the point value). The first player to score 500 points wins. Best of all, there are no silly game pieces or cheap game boards to keep up with - in fact, we just keep a pair of rubberbands around out cards to make sure we don't lose them.

Man Bites Dog is an extremely small (about the size of 2 1/2 decks of playing cards) and easy game with which to travel. We slip the cards into our luggage when we leave on vacation. All you need is a scrap of paper on which to keep score and a pen/pencil, plus the cards, and viola! Instant fun.

Beware, some of the words might be considered a little risque by some parents; but then, those are the words that make the best headlines! The headlines are intended to replicate those in a real life tabloid, only even more humorous. Please note, you may have to help younger players prepare headlines appropriate for a newspaper, since kids may be used to writing in complete sentences. You may arrange your headlines any way you see fit, so if you're in a "family setting" you have the opinion of toning down your headlines... or if you're with your drinking buddies, kick it up a notch. This game makes a nice addition to a family's games, and is easy to take on trips.
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These people are almost as funny as this hilarious headline game. The drawing on the box depicts a dog with its nose bandaged. Why would anyone think a family game about headline words (go on YouTube and see for yourself) would put a picture of an abused animal on the box? This game has been used by the Education Dept. at Harvard to teach hundreds of young children how to put sentences together. Natl Public Radio and Live with Kelly and Michael have done long segments about Man Bites Dog. The game has been on sale on Amazon for 13 years! Last week, some internet group decided it had discovered in the box top a secret meaning no one else had ever seen until now. Really?
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An easy game for anyone, even if they don't like regular card games. This is all about making a grammatically correct headline and scoring big points at the same time with an Exclusive card if you can get it (double your points in the cards played in the hand). It is good for the younger ones to learn how to make sentences and the headlines can be as funny as another person's and score more points too. The only gripe I have is the selection of words; there seem to be many duplications that show up fairly often. You would think that there could not be any duplications given the amount of words in a dictionary. I would like to see additional word card sets offered for sale to expand the selections.
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I got this game a while back as a stocking stuffer for my boyfriend for Christmas. It sat on a shelf for a long time, and finally one night we had friends over and busted it out. Its fun. Surprisingly so, considering how simple it is, and its easy to play, but be prepared for some discourse over just how grammatically correct or incorrect a headline is. Definitely worth picking up though and its a fun game to play with a few friends.
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This is a hilarious card game for those who enjoy word play. However, the number of cards is quite limited and after a few rounds the same words will keep appearing. This is a good filler game, as long as it's not played for too long.
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