Over the weekend, my daughter escorted me to a party at my work (see here) since my husband wasn't feeling well. We got there right when it began, and like all parties, this party was off to a slow start. My daughter, getting a bit bored, surprised me by saying, "Let's play a game of Truth or Dare!" I was shocked! I had no idea she knew about that game. She told me she learned it from her BFF at camp. Figures! Anyway, I was a bit bored too, so I played the game with her. We had fun.
The next day, I told my husband that we played Truth or Dare. He asked questions about how you play it. I was shocked that he didn't know how to play it. I asked him if he had played it as a kid. He looked at me confused. "Didn't Madonna come up with that game in the 90s? Truth or Dare didn't exist when I was a kid," he said. I told him that Truth or Dare existed during my childhood in the 1970s, and Madonna certainly didn't invent that game.
Now, there IS a bit of an age difference between my husband and me. However, it seemed weird to me that a game that was so prevalent in my childhood would be nonexistent during my husband's childhood. So, I decided to research the origins of Truth or Dare on the internet, because it contains the answers to everything.
Except it turns out to be lacking on the origins of the Truth or Dare game. Most of the links turned up "unknown" as the origin. One site stated that two different fiction books in 1957 gave reference to the game, but nothing could be found earlier. I would guess that my husband's generation should have had some exposure to the game then, but not sure if this is the case.
So, to conduct my own research: in the comment section, please indicate if you knew about the Truth or Dare game as a child and what year you were born (I promise not to laugh). Thanks!