Seven minutes in heaven

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Seven minutes in heaven is a teenagers' party game first recorded as being played in Cincinnati in the early 1950s.[1] Two people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for seven minutes.[1] It is common for the participants to kiss, make out, have sex, etc., but participants may instead choose to talk, engage in some other (usually quiet) activity, or do nothing at all. Variations on the game expand the time allowed to any reasonable short period up to 12 hours.[2] The participants can be selected by various methods, such as spinning a bottle, or drawing lots. Limits are established either before the game or by the two participants once alone.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "New Game Called '7 Minutes in Heaven'". Jet: 22. 6 August 1953. 
  2. ^ Keegan, Andrew; Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor; Kirberger, Kimberly (1998). "Seven Minutes in Heaven". Chicken soup for the teenage soul II: 101 more games of life, love, and learning. HCI Teens. ISBN 1-55874-616-1.