Uno, the card game of fun champions. Champions of fun.
The game is played with specially printed cards consisting of four colours, red, green, blue and yellow. The game was created in 1971 by a Mr Merle Robbins, but has been produced my Mattel since 1992.
The name UNO comes from the Spanish word for “one”. How this is relevant to the game, I’ve never been sure, but perhaps it’s got something to do with only playing one card, but it’s not made clear by the game’s producers.
There have been an astonishing number of different themed packs of UNO created - some of my favourites being: “dogs herding breeds UNO”. “Care Bears UNO” and “Betty Boop UNO”. Of course most of the 70 or so other off shoots are big market tie-in like “Pirates of the Caribbean UNO”, but those first three are still my favourite.
UNO has recently had something of a resurgence, being championed by the award winning comedian Josie Long, who held UNO championships at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and 2008.