Gift of the Magi
It's been a while since I've offered up a new reality game. Long time readers may remember such classics as Slogan Squatting or the ever-popular Ugly Shirt. Today I present a new reality game for the masses, "Gift of the Magi."
The rules of "Gift of the Magi" are pretty straight forward. Your goal is simply to inject the phrase, "This is just like 'Gift of the Magi!'" (or some variant thereof) into casual conversation as frequently as possible.
Points are awarded on three bases:
- frequency of use (obviously)
- inappropriatness/irrelevance of reference
- mute acceptance from all listening
Under no circumstances should you compare something to "Gift of the Magi" if it is actually similar to "Gift of the Magi."
And if someone challenges you, you must explain the plot of that Seasame Street Christmas episode to them, where Bert sells his paper clip collection and Ernie sells Rubber Ducky. The recitation MUST be factually accurate, but you're welcome to draw out the narrative in as much confused detail as you'd like. If the challenger either (a) accepts this story as proof of relevance or (b) forgets the challenge all together, you earn triple points.
For repeat play, you can swap out "Gift of the Magi" for "Lady and the Tiger" or Rashomon. You'll need to insert your own choices for the challenge round, but I recommend the series finale of The Sopranos for "Lady and the Tiger" and that one Rashomon-like episode from any given TV show from the 1970s or 1980s. (I'm pretty sure they all did one at some point.)
I know you'll enjoy this reality game as much as I enjoyed making it! Just like "Gift of the Magi"!