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A Funny Question Game to Play With Friends

Long Beach Island

This past weekend, a few friends and I went to Long Beach Island in New Jersey. And we played the funniest game after dinner…

Loaded Questions. Have you ever played? Basically, you ask everyone the same question about life/love/whatever, and you all write down your answers on slips of paper. Then, one person reads them all aloud, and another person guesses who said what. (You rotate who is the guesser.) You can buy a board game, but we just made up our own questions. It’s really fun to figure out how well you know your friends and who will surprise you! We laughed approximately one million times.

Our questions were:
Where in the world would you live, if you had to move tomorrow?
Which celebrity would you have as a spouse, if you had to choose?
What talent would you have, if you could choose anything?
What job would you have, if you couldn’t have your job?
What’s your biggest pet peeve?

(What would your answers be? My answers to the above: San Francisco, Seth Meyers, singing like Jennifer Hudson, a high school math teacher, and yell sneezes for the love of all things holy.)

And here are a few more photos of the trip, if you’d like to see:

Popham tiles

The bathrooms were really simple other than the coolest floor tiles — how pretty are these?

Long Beach Island pool

The pool.

Baggu reusable bag

Essentials.

Long Beach Island

Naps. (“It feels so good to be ignored,” says Gisela, a mom of twins.)

Dinner pasta

The YUMMIEST dinner of pasta with asparagus, peas, garlic, cream and parmesan; and salad with Via Carota dressing.

Female friends

So, I’m curious: Do you ever play games with friends? Which ones do you like? I’m also a huge fan of Would You Rather :)

P.S. A dinner party conversation starter, and four games to play with kids while lying down.

  1. Two best conversation starters ever…especially if you are out with clients, friends or friends and/or are bad at small!

    1. What was your first job?
    2. What was your shortest job? Meaning, which job did you quit or get fired from the fastest.

    The answer to the first question will tell you how similar we all are depending on the decade in which we were born!

    The answer to the second questions is typically hilarious and great for breaking the ice and leading to funny stories among people that have known each other for a long time or have just met.

  2. Emily says...

    We play a lot of Whoonu with my nephews- the “it” person ranks cards the others chose for them- favorite to least. It is funny to hear people prioritizing: crowds, donuts, shopping, beards and air conditioning.

  3. Erica B says...

    Can you do a summary post of all these fun games??

    One from University was “(hot person) but…”. The idea being that you could be with whatever hot person (lets say Idris Elba) BUT there’s a strange condition on your life. For example: Idris Elba but… you are permanently wearing wet socks. Idris Elba but… you have no eyebrows (and cannot draw them on etc). Idris Elba but… he speaks only in a baby voice. etc, etc. and you have to decide if it’s worth it.

    • alison says...

      I LOVE THIS! It’s like “would you rather” but with a twist! stealing it now!

  4. Jerry Benjamin says...

    Last weekend, my friends were interested to play a kind of mind game. I wasn’t in the mood, due to personal problems. They weren’t happy though, but they had to accept why I couldn’t play with them.
    But, yesterday, one of my friend’s son shared this post with us. It’s a game we had installed on our device for over a year. We went there, tried couple of this the site said, and played various games. Not just gadget ones, but including the one I refused to join to participate in, last time.

  5. We play Convers(ate) – inspired by the concept of a Jeffersonian Dinner!

  6. Katharine says...

    For years my friends and I have been *obsessed* with the game Celebrity. It’s so easy because all you need are a bunch of pens, paper, a bowl, and a timer. Everyone writes down celebrity names* on scraps of paper, then each player gets one minute to draw them from the bowl at random and give the group clues to guess as many as possible. For the first round you can use any words you want except what’s written on the paper, the second round you can only use ONE word, and in the third round you have to act it out, charades-style. It’s fast paced, collaborative and a great way to get to know the senses of humor of your friends!

    *Traditionally you’re only allowed to write actual celeb names but we always mix in all kinds of nonsense and it makes the guessing so much funnier. Recent contributions include “lava lamps,” “a bear in a hammock” and “Emily Blunt’s positive attitude.”

    • Eileen says...

      +1 – my favorite game ever!

  7. We play our own version too and I think the most memorable question was “What was in the Pringles can under Grandma’s bed?”

    Uhhhhhhhhh…

  8. Lindsey Joy Fox says...

    Well shiiiiiiiiit. I’m a yell sneezer. I just, how do other people sneeze quietly? I’m sincerely asking. I’ve tried, but then somehow it feels like I’m going to blow my eyeballs out.

    • Cora says...

      This comment made me guffaw. I tend to sneeze loudly because when it try to sneeze quietly it hurts.

  9. Grace Ann says...

    Exploding Kittens – card game. It’s available on Amazon and at Target. My 13 year old nephew is the king of this game. So ridiculous and so funny to play. 😂😭😻

  10. stephanie says...

    that is hilarious that yell sneezes are your biggest pet peeve. I come from a family of yell sneezers and I feel like mine is one too. SOMEONE TEACH ME HOW TO SNEEZE QUIETLY so that I can pass on the wisdom. lol, but really

  11. MelTown says...

    Does anyone else panic when they play these games? I just read through the questions and I was like OMG! I DON’T KNOW! DO I EVEN KNOW WHO I AM?! Ha!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahah that’s how i feel when someone asks me what my favorite book is. i’m always like I HAVE READ EXACTLY ZERO BOOKS I DON’T KNOW WHAT BOOKS ARE

    • liz says...

      haha omg same to both

    • stacey says...

      To Joanna’s comment about the favorite book question- try being a librarian and having your patrons ask you your favorite book. COLD SWEAT.

  12. Us Yell-Sneezers CANNOT HELP IT. We wish we were not this way, but it is the way of our grandfather, our mother, us. We are destined to scare the shit out of those around us every time we get a tickle in our nose. We’re sorry, but not that sorry.

    • Mimi says...

      LOL Abbi. 100% accurate…not that sorry. Ha! I’m actually annoyed with people that hold the sneeze in!

    • Maryann says...

      Hahaha, Abbi! I feel like my husband could have written your comment exactly. He is always saying “just think how loud it is to my own ears!”.

  13. T says...

    Just here to say I love LBI! We’ve taken our summer vacations there for years with our two little boys who love it. My husband and his family have been going there since he was a baby. It’s a great spot. ❤️

  14. Lulu says...

    nothing to do with games, but would love to know details of the dress of the girl on the right, next to the empty seat, if possible. thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! it’s from warm!

  15. Denise says...

    Cards Against Humanity hands down. My tribe adores it!

  16. Liz says...

    When I was in my early 20s I used to play Loaded Questions as kind of a drinking game with friends. Instead of taking the questions seriously we would come up with the dirtiest most outrageous responses we could think of. We’d all try to get the most laughs/cringes in a round and it was hilarious to find out that a seemingly buttoned up friend came up with something truly disturbing. I still have the old response cards but I’m sort of afraid to go back and read them now.

  17. Sara says...

    I’ve never played loaded questions but it sounds like a way to connect with a group of people!

    While I don’t typically care for games I have a friend that loves them and it’s been a great way to meet new people! Earlier this year she started bunco nights and we meet once a month. The game requires 12 people (it’s all girls in our case) and consists of friends I know and friends of friends. It’s a quick paced game and you are always moving and playing with new people. There is of course the added bonus of winning $ and prizes and there is always food & wine!

  18. LSH says...

    That looks like an incredible weekend away with your friends! And I will have to try that game with my friends – it sounds hilarious!

    One “game” that my friends and I came up with in high school and we still will resurrect from time to time today is what we dubbed “The Compliment Game.” We’d start with one person and everyone would go around and have the chance to tell the person the things that they love or admire about them. It could be a physical trait or something endearing about their personality. The person receiving the compliments is not allowed to deflect or deny them – which can be surprisingly hard! And we’d go continue the circle until everyone had had their chance to be complimented. It’s such a sweet and uplifting way to get a glimpse of yourself through the eyes of the people who love you.

    • Kim says...

      I LOVE this.

    • Libby says...

      I love this too!

  19. Katie says...

    my siblings and i have gotten into the habit of playing this dare ‘game’, since it works in pretty much any setting.

    person A: “what are the odds you would….. ”
    person B: “one in ”
    both people count to three: “one, two, three…..”
    on three, you both say a number between one and whatever max person B had set.
    if you both say the same number, person B has to do the dare! we’ve done odds of one in two for silly dares, up to in the hundreds for RIDICULOUS ones!

  20. Betsy says...

    I haven’t seen the foam Birkenstocks in the olive green. I have them in the silver, and haven’t taken them off of my feet since I got them for my birthday in April. Cannot wear the regular Birkenstocks because of the bump between the toe and foot. But I can handle to squishy bump of the foam version. Off to the Nordy site to check for the green pair. Your trip looked like a lot of fun. Thanks for the game suggestion.

  21. Elizabeth says...

    2 truths and a lie!
    Each person tells 3 statements about themselves: 2 true, 1 lie. You have to guess which is the lie!
    So fun and so many good stories!

    • Adrienne says...

      This is a great one!! My husband is a teacher and will do this as an icebreaker. The ones that he always uses are: 1. Favourite food is Lasagna 2. Married a mannequin 3. Travelled to England…………………….the kids always pick the Married a mannequin and are very surprised to find out that the lie is actually the favourite food!! To clarify……I was a model in my teens for a department store here in Canada and I would pose as a mannequin for 4 hours a shift only moving when I had to change positions or go on break. It was so much fun! His students think it’s hilarious!!

  22. Libby says...

    We play a dinner party game in which each person secretly writes down the answer to the question: “Tell us one thing about yourself that no one would guess.” In the years we have been playing this, we have had some astounding, interesting, and very funny responses. Two of the most memorable: when it was revealed that my husband’s 72-year old mother had consumed beer for breakfast that very morning; and when we discovered that an otherwise very shy nonprofit CEO went through the Taco Bell drive-through while completely nude.

    • june says...

      How can it be that I am the only one who wants to know more about nude friend thru Taco Bell?

  23. Shana says...

    We love to play games with friends! With an upcoming trip with friends we have looked for portable options – so card based. The Game is surprisingly addicting, Coup is fun, but our all time favorite was picked up at a bookstore in the Faroe Islands. It is called Animal Grab. You flip cards with animals on them over quickly in a circle and if two matching cards come up the person with the first and loudest impression of the animal wins. If its a tie then it goes to an animal sound-off and the other players are judges. Cant wait to play it with our kids when they get old enough too!

  24. Alyssa Cable says...

    Truly from the MySpace generation, I’ll bite. haha ;)

    move tomorrow: Capetown, South Africa for sure!

    celebrity spouse: Maybe Beanie Feldstein but also maybe Paul Rudd? Tough call, fantastic personalities and so so so cute!

    talent: Gymnastics! I’ve had an irrational dream of being an olympic gymnast since I was in 4th grade… never actually took a class or anything to remotely get me there, but hey, a girl can dream.

    job: Gymnast, but after that faded I’d be a true crime podcaster

    biggest pet peeve: People who talk really loud on the metro. We’re all already crammed in there and tired and hot… I don’t need to hear about your colonoscopy or terrible drunken night that ended in too much jumbo slice. (real convos I tell ya!)

  25. Anna says...

    Where in the world would you live, if you had to move tomorrow?
    LA, but only the idealized one in my imagination where I will have lots of friends, a “chill but meaningful” job, and somehow magically possess the discipline/passion to exercise regularly and become a vegetarian.

    Which celebrity would you have as a spouse, if you had to choose?
    Jason Mantzoukas. We would have terrible debates/arguments but have the best time making up.

    What talent would you have, if you could choose anything?
    The ability to repair things! (Furniture, machinery, relationships…)

    What job would you have, if you couldn’t have your job?
    Event planner for happy people.

    What’s your biggest pet peeve?
    When people can’t put their phones down! (The people themselves are not my pet peeve, just the times when they can’t put their phone down. Very important distinction that I’ve had to keep in mind!)

    • Julie says...

      Zouks is mine too!

  26. Emily says...

    I remember being a kid and sneaking down during family vacations and watching my mom and her siblings playing cards and laughing and just having the best time. I’ve pretty much been looking forward to doing the same thing since then, and lo and behold on family trips it’s my favorite part. Playing a silly game after the kids are in bed and enjoying my siblings/in-laws company!

  27. Sydney says...

    I almost sent you a message over IG over the weekend but we had the EXACT same dinner on Saturday night. Like exact same. Great minds :)

    That Via Carota dressing is amazing. Who would have thought to rinse shallots?!?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Omg that’s so funny! Twinning meals :)

  28. liz says...

    Woah, you all look so stylish (& pretty!) for a weekend at the Jersey shore!! (I grew up in NJ and would always just wear shorts/tanks/athletic stuff + bathing suits (it’s all about sweating and swimming as far as I’m concerned lol)

  29. katie says...

    RE: High school math teacher.

    I went to college to be a third grade math teacher! I wanted to teach multiplication, don’t ask me why? I ended up with a business marketing degree and now I write proposals, go figure. Really though, if I could choose any job, I’d own a bookstore. I’d marry Michael Fassbender. Keep my condo in Chicago and have a ranch in Bozeman, Montana. I’d magically not be tone deaf and be able to sing. Everyone would say please and thank you because rude people are the worst.

  30. What an inspiring post, Joanna! I love your relentless commitment to building connection and community. In the end, it’s what matters most about our lives. You are such an inspiration to us all! That games does sound hilarious. I like making my own truth/dare Jenga by writing zany things on the blocks. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a good one!

  31. Grace says...

    I’m with you on Yell sneeze! It’s right up there with sigh yawn on my pet peeves list.

    • mandy says...

      This is so funny, I love a yell sneeze! Hilarious maybe it’s because my grandfather did it.

  32. Being ignored, yep that feels pretty good. For like an hour. Then I’m wondering where my family is and why they’re not asking me for food/calling me to ajudicate an argument/telling me the dog got something she shouldn’t have/asking for more food….

  33. Anne says...

    I don’t think anyone mentioned Cards Against Humanity – which is billed as a Party game for horrible People and it totallllllly is – we laughed til we ugly cried and snorted.

  34. Hi Jo! I loved this game :-) I’m going to suggest it at my next get together with friends because I think it is also a great way to get to know more about them!

    Cheers

    PS. The floor tiles brought out the OCD in me… I was desperately trying to find a pattern! Hahahaha :-D

  35. Rachy says...

    Hi-who makes Gisela’s green/blue dress? Thanks very much

  36. Jessica Melindy says...

    What is Gisela wearing in the last photo? A dress or jumpsuit? Would love to see it and find out where it’s from! :)

  37. Kattia says...

    Hi, can you ask your favorite where she got the lovely pendant above her dining table, please! I love!
    Thank you!!!

  38. Janey says...

    With you on the yell-sneeze. Infuriating and my husband does it all the time, drives me mad. I always say “imagine you are hiding from a zombie/murderer/hungry wolf. THAT’S the sneeze I want, not one that startles the neighbours!”

    • Kate says...

      My husband somehow yell-yawns. It is hands down the WORST way to wake up in the morning. It’s like he’s a bad actor in a bad play and the stage direction was “yawn as if you’re just waking up from a deep sleep and loudly enough so the whole audience can hear you!”

    • Anna says...

      Omg Kate, my mom does the yell-yawn, and it drives me nuts. It’s almost like she is purposely extending the yawn and making noises with her throat, like what is happening here?!

    • Heather says...

      My husband occasionally does this horrific sneeze that he swears is authentic (but I’m doubtful) in which he exclaims “Achoooo0-eee-yaaaa” DRIVES ME BATTY

    • Christina says...

      Haha, yes! When I saw A Quiet Place, that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt movie where the monsters get you if they can hear you, I left the theater freaked out but also thinking, “Well, at least in that world the yell-sneezers would have to be quiet.”

  39. K says...

    There’s also a game where you have to say a word really quickly and other people have to guess what you’re saying. Gets really fun when you’re playing at 1am or slightly buzzed. :) The infamous Mafia game used to be popular too amongst my friends, but it’s been awhile, and it could be fun but divisive… I was always so bad at lying! And shocked at how good some people were!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahah love that first idea, I’m laughing out loud!

    • Annie says...

      For my best friend’s bachelorette party we went to a cabin up north and played Mafia for 75% of the time. 25% at wineries. I never get sick of that game!

  40. K says...

    We love the Bowl Game, which is like Taboo but everyone makes up the entries that people are trying to guess (each person is required to create a certain number of them) and there are no words that are off limits (besides the actual word itself). it can get pretty specific and fun to guess. I used to always play boardless Loaded Questions in college too!! So fun.

    • Melanie says...

      Haha! We also play this game but call it the Colander Game because it’s usually only the colander that’s available to hold the scraps of paper! The more random the words/things/people, the better!!

  41. T says...

    Oooooh I love these kind of games!!! Just for the fun of it, here are my answers :)

    move tomorrow: Amsterdam!
    celebrity spouse: oh my gosh, Jake Gyllenhaal?
    talent: probably to be insanely good at something- like singing or dancing or sports.
    job: interior designer or a chef!
    biggest pet peeve: people that sneeze into their hand or people that chew loudly. with my SO it is when he picks at his toenails/fingernails CRINGE!

    will have to try this with my friends :)

  42. Laura C. says...

    What a lovely weekend you had! Me and my girl friends are trying to organise a one-day trip to the beach (45 mins from our town) and we are failing miserably. Let alone a whole weekend!
    Ps. Your essentials are so inspiring.

  43. OMG that games sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to play with my annoying friends lol.

  44. agnes says...

    ah, Seth Meyers!

  45. AN says...

    Third date in: would these be deal-breakers or gentle conversations? Being picked up in a PT Cruiser. Patchouli. Toe rings. (list continues)

    Also: toilet paper—fold, bunch, hybrid (?!?), discuss.

    • Kate says...

      TOE RINGS!!! Hahaha – deal breaker at the third date, for sure.

    • Heidi says...

      LOL at PT Cruiser. :)

  46. Sarah says...

    One of my fave games to play with kids and adults alike is salad bowl! Everybody writes a word on a slip of paper (or several words on separate pieces of paper) that starts with a chosen letter or two. Then you toss it all in a bowl.
    In teams or partners, you have a certain amount of time to try to get your partner to guess the word. The first round you go through the slips using words to describe it (no rhymes), the second you can only use ONE word, the third, you have to act it out (no words). A round ends when you run out of skips, then you move onto the next one. You have to pay attention to each round so you learn the words. It’s so fun!

    • Alex says...

      We play a variation of this where you use celebrity (historic or current) names instead of just words. It is pretty funny!

  47. Loesie says...

    Forgot another major pet peeve! When I’ve been watching a very exciting, perhaps scary, tv show for about an hour, and then the episode ends with no ending and they say ‘to be continued’, and I have to wait one more week (or sometimes even a few months!) to see how the story continues!!!
    Can’t handle it!
    When I was younger, I even once phoned up the network to complain about that! Won’t do that now though, guess I’ve grown up a bit haha.

  48. Tera says...

    I answered these in my own head while reading and also (surprisingly!) said Seth Meyers to husband question immediately. Upon reflection I guess he seems kind, smart, funny, and has cute dimples. After being married for 10-years, I realize that first, you need to marry someone who is kind. And hopefully smart and funny too. With cute dimples.

  49. Loesie says...

    Live in: Hawaii. Or New York City.
    Celebrity spouse: Paul Rudd comes to mind! Or our nerdy prime minister Mark Rutte (he plays the piano! Melt.)
    Talent: I would love to be good at drawing. Can you imagine only needing a piece of paper and a pencil and making the most beautiful creations wherever whenever? Now my 6-year old is better at drawing than I am at 36 (not a challenge, but still!)
    Job: A flight attendant. My eyesight was not good enough, so I had no chance at it back in the nineties.
    Or a doctor. I would love to save a life someday and be a real-life super hero.
    Pet peeve: the sound of plastic food wrapping being moved around, like when people eat food directly out of its packaging. Aaahhh!!!

    • Anna says...

      I saw Mark Rutte at the Kruidvat a few months ago and he was surprisingly dashing.

  50. Marisa says...

    Been playing this one for years! Like you, we play sans board and make up our own questions. It doesn’t require much instruction, and it’s fun sober and fun less than sober. One of the best questions we’ve had: If you had a substance besides blood running through your veins, what would it be?

  51. FGB says...

    1. Italy
    2. Jake Gyllenhall. I’ve always thought if he knew me, he’d totally be into me. Or Conan 🧡
    3. Be awesome at trapeze
    4. Under water photographer, specializing in sharks!
    5. People who don’t have an opinion. Or who touch my straw – who does that? So many people!

  52. Lindsay says...

    tomorrow I would move to the south of France if I could. If I had to be married to a celebrity, I would choose Tom Hardy. If I could have any talent, it would be to be really really funny and make people pee their pants laughing all the time. If I had another job, and lived in Nice, I’d be a florist. My biggest pet peeve are people who have tons of pet peeves, actually.

    • Tess says...

      Tom Hardy (and his gorgeous wife Charlotte Riley) was sat in front of me in a cinema in London the other month, and he smelt INCREDIBLE. I mean, off the scale unbelievable. My sister and I spent the entire movie smelling him and watching Tom Hardy watch the movie lol, he must have thought we were so creepy! :-P

  53. Owl says...

    Yell sneezes can’t be helped!!! Lol! I have tried! Those cute little dainty sneezes… How I wish I could. I have tried to no avail. It almost feels like repressing my sneezes has the potential to cause a bizarre internal injury! Fascinating fact: my mom’s doctor recently told her that people injure their backs trying to sneeze quietly! So it’s official: genetics makes us do it! Please forgive! Lol!

    • cg says...

      ^^^^ I’m with Owl. I used to sneeze quietly. But I don’t anymore, I wouldn’t call my sneezes a “yell sneeze”, but it’s no little dainty bit either. It’s because one day I did my usual suppressed sneeze, and within an hour my eyes got really blood shot. My eyes continued to bleed out so much that I no longer had anymore white in my eyes. I popped a blood vessel, apparently, and it filled both eyes up (full disclosure, I have to take blood thinners) to the point that it felt like i had cotton balls stuffed in my eyes (pressure). My doctor immediately sent me to an eye specialist to see what could be done. Nothing, you have to let it run its course. Which meant I looked like I was cast to be on a set for some horror show. It took over a week for me to look normal again.

      So, yeah… proudly sneezing loudly over here.

  54. What a fun games! Thanks for sharing. :)

  55. Sarah Jane says...

    move tomorrow – San Diego
    celebrity spouse- ?
    talent – I’d be an awesome athlete of some sort (swimmer? cyclist? weightlifter?) with a fit body.
    job – interior designer
    pet peeve – when people burp and don’t say excuse me or yawn with their mouths open

    • Julie says...

      But…. how do you yawn with your mouth closed???

    • A says...

      Question – How do you yawn with your mouth closed?

  56. Hali says...

    I love me a good game! Adults focusing earnestly on silly things is the BEST. Also obsessed with Talent Shows. We hosted one a few years ago with lots of liquid courage and spray painted joke trophies (“most improved” “best dressed” “shortest performance” “most dramatic”) etc… I’ve never been so delighted or entertained by my friends!

  57. Bridgette Moore says...

    Love the question game. My girlfriends and I that live far apart, do that on a text chain about every other week. We use big fun ones like what you’ve listed. And more mundane ones like.

    What podcast are you listening to
    What did you have for lunch today
    Where’s the last place you drove
    When’s the last time you felt proud

    It’s such a sweet, fun way to keep in touch with each other. One of the best parts is that the answers always lead to longer conversations.

  58. Maria says...

    I’m in NJ and would love to hear more about where you stayed. I am on the lookout for nice rentals close to or on the beach that don’t require a long stay. And, that pasta looks like the perfect vacation chill-at-home kind of dinner.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      This place was my friend’s family home but I’d definitely recommend Long Beach island as a place to visit!

  59. Roxana says...

    Yell sneezes. They are ENRAGING. Also, loud, wet mouth-open chewing, smacking. “ARE YOU A COW!?!?!??” My ears are bleeding just thinking about both. And now I must stop thinking about both, because I’m getting angry.

    My girlfriends and I have totally played made-up Loaded Questions! We love it. There are just four of us in our core group, and we know each other so well that it’s almost impossible to get it wrong, but it’s still funny :). I once played it at a bridal shower, too.

    Also, your friend Gisela’s comment “It feels so good to be ignored.” And then that pic. LOL!

    • Natalie says...

      Yes, yes, yes to the cow-eating-tendencies!!! One of my colleagues slurps when he eats soup and smacks when he eats sandwiches, and very commonly eats both at lunch! It’s a nightmare! And I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why someone close to him (friends or family) hasn’t politely corrected this behaviour.

  60. Katrina says...

    Not exactly a game but my boyfriend once adorably asked a girl friend “what are you trending on these days?” It was so cute but also a great question! So now randomly in the car or just sitting around with friends we’ll ask “So what are YOU trending on?” It always makes you take a beat and think. It’s also so fun to know what new things your friends are into! (His answer at the time was Destiny’s Child, so a win all around!)

  61. Elizabeth says...

    We used to play “boardless” Loaded Questions in college! We played for years, and our questions just got more and more out there. My personal fave: Aliens come to abduct you, but they let you update your AOL Instant Messenger away message first. What do you write? (Dating myself, haha.)

    • Jade says...

      Phone Home.

  62. Grace says...

    My friends and I play a game where you all say at the same time how much someone would have to pay to to do something gross/scary/funny. For example: How much would someone have to pay you that for a whole year, every time you saw someone eating a banana, you have to go up to them and ask if you can have a bite, and then take a bite if they say yes? Or how much to delete all social media accounts forever? You can also buy it as a game called Pricetitution (I don’t love the name taking light of the sex industry) but we have more fun coming up with our own.

  63. Amanda says...

    Yes to playing games with friends! Over a year ago, a friend and I both expressed interest in spending more time together, so we established a standing monthly family dinner. She and her husband and daughters come to our house for dinner, and then we put all of our kids to bed. The grown ups then break out games and snacks and the odd drink. At the end of the night – often approaching midnight – they pack up their girls to go home. It’s one of my favorite nights each month and a great excuse to put away our phones, have some fun, and enjoy great company. Our husbands mostly don’t mind that we’re sometimes too engaged in conversation to participate in the game!

  64. Caitlin says...

    My friends and I love to play “Fax Machine.” Everyone has a little booklet of paper, and it starts by everyone drawing a picture on the first page. You then pass it to the person on your left, look at the picture, and write a sentence interpreting what the picture is. You go back and forth (picture, sentence) until you run out of paper. It’s pretty hilarious to see where you end up!

    • Cece says...

      omg my friends and I play this but we call it “spanking yoda”! nobody has any idea why it’s called this! fax machine makes way more sense!

  65. Betty says...

    I love playing Would You Rather with my ER nurse coworkers. It gets ridiculously gross but funny. “Would you rather a rectal tube or a Foley cath?” … haha

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha

    • Rachel says...

      FOLEY CATH all day. Duh.

  66. Jessica says...

    It Feels So Good To Be Ignored is going to be the title of my autobiography.

    At the very least, I need that as a oh-so-2014 letterpress poster.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha yes!!

    • Sara says...

      Jessica (and Joanna), don’t you think this would make a great post? Everyone can write in and share the name of their autobiography. I think mine would be “One Button Off.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Omg yes! Oh it! :) :) :)

    • Heather says...

      Ha! That is what jumped out at me too! Obviously said by a mom! ;)

  67. Diana says...

    I can’t believe how cute you guys all look, what with your real shirts and dresses! When I go away for rental house weekends I’ve just stopped packing anything besides yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts because who am I kidding.

  68. Libby says...

    Sounds fun! Do you correct wrong guesses after each answer or wait til they guess for all of them?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Wait until they guess all!

  69. Ann-Marie says...

    Please consider that yelly sneezes are totally not avoidable for everyone, haha! I used to only have those cute quiet sneezes until I developed seasonal allergies — and years later, all my sneezes are unavoidably LOUD, even when stifling them into my inner elbow. Something happened to them! I don’t do it on purpose I swear!

    That game sounds great and I’m so glad you had a lovely time! I love board games but am usually the only one into them. Cranium’s a favorite as it uses all forms of smarts. :)

    • danni says...

      Yes, it used to bother me so much that my dad yell-sneezes (don’t all dads?) until I started doing it myself (aahhhhCHOOOOOOO!).

    • Meg says...

      So pretty! Was this a private home, or an Airbnb-type rental?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      It was one of our friend’s old family home xoxo

    • Eliza says...

      Also they’re way more satisfying! Sorry for my loud sneezes but also please try it to see if you love it too :)

    • Inês says...

      Having heavy allergies since I was a child, I know exactly what you mean! My older sister used to yell from her bedroom to mine: “sneeze like a normal person!” That made me soooo mad because I just couldn’t control it and was already pissed off for having allergies.
      Sneezers of the world, I feel you!

    • Emily says...

      Haha my husband yell sneezes and everytime he does I yell at him. He says “I can’t help how I sneeze” and I counter, “I can’t help how I react!”

      I’ve also said “I love you and I know you can’t help it, but everytime you sneeze I want to punch you in the face.”

  70. Kate says...

    Would you Rather, but my husband and I do “Would You Rather Marry x or y – insert names of two equally unappealing individuals ! Leads to some really interesting conversations about what characteristics each of us appreciates or feels they would appreciate in a spouse. So fun! –

  71. Lizzie says...

    Oh god those floor tiles are driving me crazy. I just want to rearrange them so they form a pattern.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha (maybe your answer to the pet peeve column:)

    • Adrienne says...

      Glad it’s not just me that wants to do that!! lol