Winter is upon us, alas, but board games are a time-honored way of powering through these cold February nights. If you've ever wondered about the origins of those games that live up on the top shelf of the closet, it turns out that many popular games have genuinely intriguing histories.
For instance, did you know that the popular game Clue was invented by a British husband-and-wife team Anthony and Elva Pratt in 1944? Also, it was originally called Murder! and included extra weapons like a syringe, a bomb and a shillelagh. Fun couple, the Pratts. Here are some more historical tidbits on your favorite board games.