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Jenga is a game that debuted in 1983 that has players stack 54 rectangular pieces each cut to slightly different dimensions in perpendicular rows to form a tower.  During each person’s turn, he or she must pull one block from the tower and place it on top of the structure.  The game ends when the tower falls over, and the winner is the person who was the last to successfully place their block on top of the structure.  Jenga means “build” in Swahili, and it is currently the third most popular game in the world in terms of units sold each year.  Despite being a simple game intended for ages 6 and up, HowStuffWorks shows how Jenga can actually teach players about structural engineering.