Uno (/ˈuːnoʊ/; from Italian and Spanish for 'one') (stylized as UNO) is an American card game that is played with a specially printed deck. The game was originally developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. It has been a Mattel brand since 1992. The game's general principles put it into the Crazy Eights family of card games. When his family and friends began to play more and more, he spent $8,000 to have 5,000 copies of the game made. He sold it from his barbershop at first, and local businesses began to sell it as well. Robins later sold the rights to UNO to a group of friends headed by Robert Tezak, a funeral parlor owner in Joliet, Illinois, for $50,000 plus royalties of 10 cents per game. Tezak formed International Games, Inc., to market UNO, with offices behind his funeral parlor. The games were produced by Lewis Saltzman of Saltzman Printers in Maywood, Illinois. In 1992, International Games became part of the Mattel family of companies.
Uno is played by a group of freshmen in Mr. Peterson's room during Power Hour nearly every day. It is, to be honest, the basis of the group's friendship. Without it, they'd all be lonely depressed kids. They have stories to tell and many more not to tell for numerous reasons.