Ever wonder where your favorite childhood things came from? The answer may surprise you. Many of the things we take for granted have secret origins that are dark, disturbing, or just plain weird. For example, did you know that Barbie was named after a real person? Or that Sesame Street was created to help inner-city kids? The truth about these and other childhood staples is often stranger than fiction. So the next time you watch a children's movie or play with a toy, remember that there's more to the story than meets the eye. You may never look at your childhood in the same way again.

We were all kids once; even Benjamin Button couldn't avoid childhood in the end. When you look back on your childhood things, you might feel a sense of nostalgia. But look back a little further, and you'll discover some of them started in very strange places.

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SECRET ORIGINS GAME OF JACKS JACKS WAS PLAYED IN ANCIENT GREECE, EXCEPT AT THAT TIME THE JACKS WERE TINY SHEEP BONES. FOR MOST OF HISTORY THIS GAME WAS KNOWN AS KNUCKLEBONES. CRACKED.COM

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SECRET ORIGINS SNAKES AND LADDERS SNAKES AND LADDERS BEGAN IN ANCIENT INDIA AS A HINDU GAME CALLED MOKSHA РАТАМ. 97 96 95 94 93 82 84 89 86 87 88 83 85 76 75 73 72 79 78 74 7 77 68 69 63 64 66 62 65 67 7 55 58 IT WAS DESIGNED TO TEACH HINDU RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS LIKE KARMA AND MOKSHA. CRACKED.COM

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SECRET ORIGINS CHECKERS AN EARLY VERSION OF CHECKERS WAS PLAYED IN ANCIENT EGYPT ON A 5 BY 5 BOARD, CALLED ALQUERQUE. AROUND 1100 IN FRANCE, THE GAME WAS ADAPTED INTO MODERN CHECKERS BY PUTTING BACKGAMMON PIECES ON A CHESSBOARD. CRACKED.COM

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