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This in an early black and white sketch of the KAMBA tongue twister card PALE PINK PLANK
PALE PINK PLANK - an early black and white sketch

Here's an early rough sketch of one of the playing cards that's become a firm favourite among KAMBA fans: Pale Pink Plank.

Deceptively simple, this tongue twisting monster can, like so many others, prove unexpectedly tricky....





If you grew up in the English speaking world, chances are you've heard this classic tongue twister before. It's a staple of American culture, and for good reason! Tongue twisters are a fun way to test your dexterity and see how quickly you can speak. They're also a great party game, most notably KAMBA if we don't say so ourselves; who can say the tongue twister the fastest without messing up? In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at this particular tongue twister and see where it comes from.


The History of the Tongue Twister

This tongue twister is thought to have originated in the 19th century, though its exact origins are unclear. What we do know is that it was first published in a book called "Mother Goose's Melodies" in 1805. The book was a compilation of Nursery rhymes that had been passed down through oral tradition for generations. This particular tongue twister was likely inspired by actual woodchucks, also known as groundhogs. These furry creatures are known for their love of wood, and they're often seen chucking logs around in their natural habitat.


How to Say a Tongue Twister

Now that we know where the tongue twister comes from, let's take a look at how to say it. The key is to focus on enunciating each word clearly. Take your time and don't rush; if you try to go too fast, you're likely to trip over your words and get tongue-tied (as in the KAMBA game). Here's how the tongue twister goes:

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

Pretty simple, right? Just remember to take your time and enunciate each word clearly, and you'll be saying this tongue twister like a pro in no time!


Tongue twisters are classic Americana for a reason—they're fun! They're also a great party game or icebreaker activity. So next time you're looking for something fun to do, why not pull out a copy of KAMBA and get those tongues twisted?


Inspired by the famous Hopper work, this KAMBA tongue twister playing card is WHO CHEWS SHOES
WHO CHEWS SHOES

The 'Who Chews Shoes' card in the KAMBA tongue twister game was inspired by a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper called Nighthawks. Hopper's original painting shows four people in a downtown diner late at night. The KAMBA version is similar but with the inevitable splash of surrealism that fans have come to expect....






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