That's a Wrap
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1. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Stone Age -- Cavemen theorize polyolefin--a polymer plastic film, or shrink wrap--but can find no way to develop it because fire has not yet been discovered--no heat, no shrink. Back to the drawing board--that is, back to inventing the drawing board.
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2. Board Game: Sphinx [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:13867]
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500 BC -- The Great Sphinx of Giza becomes the first major application of shrink wrap. Ancient Egyptians realize this will protect their prize from the harsh winds and sands, and hopefully increase its value in case they ever want to sell. When the sphinx is dug out intact from near complete burial, people discover the power of shrink wrap. In the 1700s a British soldier's mom notes how much space the sphinx is taking up doing nothing, but fails to realize the sphinx's true worth and begins unwrapping it. Before too much damage has been done, the soldier catches her--the phrase was born--"by a nose."
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3. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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218 BC -- Hannibal loves elephants' war capability but hates their trampling noise. An advisor devises a solution: bubble wrap their feet, thus cushioning the thunderous footfalls. Result? Elephantine tootsie pops make a giant sucker out of Hannibal's advisor.
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4. Board Game: Attila [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1836]
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416 -- Young Attila stores SuperHun #1 in metal foil. Years later, Attila sells only remaining "mint" copy to finance continental domination.
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5. Board Game: Maya [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3244]
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872 -- Mayans realize tobacco can be rolled into little cigar-"ettes" -- the idea catches fire. When they realize they could store them in tuck boxes, the idea becomes downright addicting.
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6. Board Game: Khan: The Rise of the Mongols [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:12050]
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1206 -- Playing cards invented in China the century before; wise geeks now invent the card sleeve. Mongol hordes ravage the land, killing many--but the cards? "Like new."

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7. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:666]
 
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1215 -- One copy of the Magna Carta becomes the first major document to be laminated. It is stored... oh, they'll remember where it is; no need to write it down.
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8. Board Game: Arcadia of My Youth [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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1513 -- Seminoles ship Fountain of Youth in giant crate filled with styrofoam peanuts to Ponce De Leon. Sadly, they forget to insure it.
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9. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2614]
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1776 -- Thomas Jefferson invents acrylic glass, naming it Plexiglas after his third daughter Plexi. He covers the newly written Declaration of Independence with a small sheet. Most founding fathers prefer greater tactility and remove it within the year. (Years later, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton would fight a duel over its recovering.)
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10. Board Game: Plastic Glory [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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1861 -- Plastic-clad ships, or "tubs" as they called them at the time, set to sea for the Union and the Confederacy. The Rubbermaid and the Tupperware battle for hours, but neither are able to damage the other. Both sides claim storage victory.
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