Morgan Stanley employees were engaging in a little after hours bonding (ties optional) while playing a game called "cornholing" in Cadman Plaza Park Thursday. While the name of this game has serious problems, apparently it is quite popular in states like Ohio. (See the PlayCornhole web site.)
According to the Cornhole Portal (!), a Bavarian cabinet maker named Matthias Kuepermann invented the game in 1325. At that time, corn was tied into small burlap bags and used as a unit of measure equal to roughly a pound. To this day serious cornholers use pound bags filled with corn (others just use bean bags). A slanted box across the way has a six-inch hole that you have to try to throw the bag through. It's harder than it looks, from the way the Morgan Stanley guys were playing.
I don't know if this is a joke (UPDATE: I'm pretty sure it's a joke...), but according to the Cornhole Portal, owing to cornholing's wood requirements, the unbridled popularity of the game resulted in the deforesting of much of middle Europe in the 14th century.
Photos by MK Metz