AMERICANA: Number, Please?

Nobody could say for sure how it all began. And nobody, for that matter, particularly cared. The fact was that spring had come, and U.S. college boys, jaded by past triumphs in 1) goldfish swallowing and 2) panty stealing, took up last week a new game called Telephone Box Squash. It started in South Africa, sped on to England, and by week's end was the rage in California.

Any number can play Telephone Box Squash—the greater the number, in fact, the better. The first player gets into a telephone booth. Then another, then another, then another. In South Africa, 25...

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