Despite its name, the game is not a variation of checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia (on the other hand, the game known as “Chinese chess”, or xiangqi, is from China). The game was invented in Germany in 1892 under the name “Stern-Halma” as a variation of the older American game Halma.
Tennis bracelets got their unusual name from an incident involving Chris Evert during a US Open match in 1987. Chris had been wearing an expensive bracelet featuring an inline string of individually-set diamonds. When the clasp snapped, she asked the officials to stop the match until the jewelry could be found.