The Ugly Telephone Game and How to Avoid It

communicateA friend of mine tells a story of a time when he and two of his buddies got into a baseball card trade in high school that turned into a super-confusing version of the Telephone Game. The two boys wanted to trade a 1982 Topps Cal Ripken Junior Number 21 card for a Cal Ripken 176 card. However, my friend, who isn’t a baseball fan at all and was mediating this trade in separate conversations, only heard the last name “Ripken”.
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