I guess most people have played “I Spy” and the “Colour Game”. Those are pretty standard fare for car games. But have you ever played “Madam, How Many Horses Do You Have?”, “Blah, Blah, Blah, I Never Pum”, or “Rock, Paper, David Bowie”? Probably not, because these particular inane car games are ones members of my family invented when we were very bored.
I’ll try to explain “Madam, How Many Horses Do You Have?” as an example, as it’s the most coherent of a not very coherent collection, and obviously my enlightening you in this way is Very Important. The idea is, you pose the title question to another player. They then describe how many horses they have (the number is arbitrary), and from the description it must be clear that these are not horses, but some other sort of creature or entity. Other players must then guess what the “horses” really are, in the format “But Madam, those aren’t horses, they’re X”.
For example, a typical game may progress like this:
Player 1: “Madam, how many horses to you have?”
Player 2: “I have six horses, they’re very pale, and have sharp fangs.”
Player 1 or another player: “Madam, those aren’t horses, they’re vampires.”
Player 2: “Oh yes, so they are. Silly me.”
So now, if you’re stuck in traffic on an interminable car journey, you’ll have whole minutes of entertainment available to you.
I’d love to hear about other people’s inane car games.