There are many measures used to define how old something is. Some things are referred to as the best since sliced bread – invented in 1928. Others are compared to the invention of the wheel and modern medicine. Cambridge University is often used as a comparison as an old establishment. Opened in 1209, people often overlook the fact that since the university opened, there have been more than 30 British monarchs. Similarly, as old, the game of bingo is often used as a benchmark of age too. But what came first – bingo or Cambridge University?
Is Bingo Older Than Cambridge University?
Bingo’s origins can be traced back to the 16th Century in Italy, where it was known as Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. Following the adoption in France, the game took off and began to spread throughout Europe by the 1800s. By the 20th Century, it had reached America. It became formalized by Hugh J Ward and called ‘Beano’ after the beans that were used to play it. Edwin Lowe (inventor of Yahtzee) created a pack to sell based on the game and from there it really took hold. A slip of the tongue from an excited player led to the call of ‘Bingo’ instead of ‘Beano’ and the rest is history.
Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world still standing. The University of Bologna snags the top spot for oldest university, opened in 1088, while Oxford, opened eight years later, takes the title as the oldest in the English-speaking world. But Cambridge comes in at fourth place and began to really take off in 1231 once it was granted a royal charter by Henry III.
While Cambridge University is older on paper by a few hundred years, bingo could have been around even earlier, just in a different format. Most games have evolved through years of playing in both formal and informal settings. So, bingo could have been played before the 1500s and only really caught on with Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia.
How Have Cambridge and Bingo Adapted Through the Ages?
To survive for so long and through so many times of turbulence and prosperity, through every industrial revolution, takes some credit. Both Cambridge and bingo have maintained their relevance since their inception and have been able to adapt to the changing times, modes of engagement, and attitudes. As the list of new bingo sites UK grows players can engage with shows, the games have been modified to appeal to an online audience and each has a range of welcome offers to appeal to the growing audience online. The competition between sites shows just how prolific online bingo has grown.
Likewise, Cambridge University also offers a range of classes online so those around the country can engage with the university if moving to the area is impractical. The acceptance rate of different groups of people has also adapted throughout the years and the university continues to try to diversify those matriculating each year.
Cambridge and bingo are both older than most people can fathom and have remained popular throughout the years due to their adaption and response to changing trends. The most obvious of these adaptions is that both appeal to online audiences now more than ever before. With this attitude, both Cambridge and bingo should be around for decades to come.